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Song You Need: Four Tet’s aqueous vibrations

“Watersynth” is one of two new tracks from the veteran English producer.

August 10, 2022
Song You Need: Four Tet’s aqueous vibrations Menschenmaterial / Wikimedia Commons

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Unlike most artists with his level of prestige, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) seems to release music whenever and however he pleases. His recent output has included a playful flip of 3LW’s “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right)” and a song called “Scythe Master,” debuted as part of a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix.

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In June, he settled a lawsuit against his former label Domino over streaming royalties. And today, via his own longtime imprint Text Records, he’s shared two new singles: “Mango Feedback” and “Watersynth.”

Where the former of these tracks is a lively dance groove, the latter is a slower exploration of a stranger sonic realm. A restless arpeggio buoys slippery sounds that flit across the soundscape like radar blips — tiny ripples on the surface of a vast, quiet ocean. Listen below.

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Song You Need: Four Tet’s aqueous vibrations