Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we deliver songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Love Cry” by Four Tet from the 2010 album There is Love in You on Domino Records.
Ever the innovator, Four Tet’s Kieran Hebden storms into 2010 with an album that sounds modern and fresh enough to come out in such a futuristic sounding year. In the 90s when I stopped to think to myself “What will music sound like in the distant future... say, 2010?” Four Tet’s “Love Cry” from his new album is what the universe meant to answer.
Spanning longer than nine minutes of truly captivating IDM, “Love Cry” is a journey through Hebden’s limitless potential as a producer. Live drum loops, tweaked-out synth samples, nod-your-head bass cuts, and the eponymous repetition of the words “love cry” all come together to give you a track to which you’ll not only want to break a sweat but simply explore on some truly high fidelity equipment; picking out the sounds and textures as they come and go in an exacting collage of musical fever. Truly a development in his sound from previous albums that were harder for casual listeners to penetrate, There Is Love in You is full of gems like Love Cry that have a definite endgame in mind and Hebden takes the listener there every time.
While listening to Four Tet often makes me long for the days of Hebden’s original outfit, Fridge, it’s comforting to know that he’s still able to channel the build-up and release of those older songs in a modern context. He’s always developing and exploring and with this newest album he’s right on the money with an effort sure to gain him a whole legion of new fans. He’s going to need them, too; he’s currently out on a full European tour with a very limited amount of dates here in the States. If you’re lucky enough to live on the East or West Coasts, you’ll be able to catch him at some very intimate venues. Check his MySpace page for the details. Here in Seattle, Four Tet will be at Chop Suey on February 23rd with supporting acts Nathan Fake and ER Don, so brush up on your grooves and moves and come on down to the Intelligent Dance Party of the Future.