I thought Kieren Hebden had retired the Four Tet moniker, but apparently not. With takes a turn away from the tribal sounds and the improvised jazz of his recent work, turning instead back to the dance floor of the past. The four-song Ringer EP reminds me of the vintage WaxTrax! Records sound and other Belgian underground dance music. It's electronica, but it has an edge; it's not really industrial, but yet these songs--especially the pulsating, relentless ten-minute title track--clearly have a heritage. "Ribbons" has a twinkly melody, and "Swimmers" has a swirly drone of a beat. Only one song, "Wing Body Wing," blends the tribal elements of his excellent work with Steve Reid, and I love it! I like Ringer a lot; it's perhaps my favorite Four Tet release, partially because, like its title, it is a total, utter ringer.
Listen To: "Ribbons"
Ringer is available now on Domino Recordings
Labels: Domino Records, Four Tet, reviews f