We—and it seems some other people—have been surprised by the new Four Tet album There is Love in You. By definition, Four Tet, as long as he has been around, has been reliable. Somewhere between house and downtempo, a more earnest and less gaudy Moby, his music has always been pleasant, but never wildly compelling. Spinner, where the record is streaming, calls him a "post-rock DJ," which is an odd attribution, but maybe oddly fitting. There is song structure, sure, but Fourtet is so unconcerned with guitar chords they might not exist. It's like calling "blue" "not yellow." Maybe he's an inverse-rock producer, or a next-to-rock-but-doesn't-notice-it producer. But surely there is a similar pleasure in, say an AC/DC or a Pearl Jam as there is in There is Love in You: You can stomp your foot and pound your fist, though gently. Maybe just that little kick of rhythm was all that was missing. See for yourself.
Stream: Four Tet, There is Love in You