Years from now, when future generations ask who the musical geniuses of the start of the 21st centuries were, you may well find Kieran Hebden’s name among them. Revered as a producer whose thoughtful take on IDM, post-rock and electronica has been a genuine trailblazer for underground music, Four Tet has crafted some immaculate music across nearly two decades since first releasing on the Output imprint in the late 90s, earning himself a reputation as one of the most significant musicians in electronic music. Appearing as a guest of both The Warehouse Project and Now Wave, he'll be taking his live show to Manchester’s Old Granada Studios on Thursday 15th February.
In September Four Tet oversaw the release of latest LP New Energy on his own Text Records, and though he’s now nine albums deep he still manages to find new points of interest with every release. Delicate, sophisticated and at times touchingly beautiful, the meandering journey through ambient soundscapes and jagged dance constructs is as immersive as many of his finer works, wriggling into the precarious gap between dancefloor and home listening with signature grace and effortlessness. Sure to sound magnificent when amplified over a vast sound system like that of The Warehouse Project, tracks like “Lush” and “Planet” are made for those cerebral moments in the club, encouraging introspection and euphoria in tandem.
A few hours spent examining the Four Tet back catalogue ought to be all you need to convince you that his live set is worth getting excited about, and The Warehouse Project have certainly shown a finger on the pulse with this one.
Tickets on sale 9am Friday 17th November
Photo courtesy of Windish Agency