Continuing a long-held DJ Kicks tradition, Kieran Hebden (aka Four Tet) has contributed a brand new Four Tet track, specially created for his forthcoming ‘DJ Kicks’ compilation.
Four Tet’s DJ Kicks is a mind blowing experience, taking in just about as many genres as there are tracks (which is 20). Old skool hip-hop, French prog, conscious electronic experimentation, minimal techno, early two-step, cosmic jazz, African thumb pianos and much more besides share space here, bound together by analogue synth interludes and of course, ‘Pockets’.
The pure soul genius of Curtis Mayfield sits alongside the likes of David Behman’s ‘Leap-day Night (Scene 1)’, the squelchy and off-kilter techno of Model 500’s ‘Psychosomatic’, Animal Collective, Akufen, the early 90’s major label hip-hop of Showbiz & AG’s ‘Represent’, ‘Autechre’s ‘Flutter’, Madvillain (a Four Tet favourite and longtime collaborator), Heiner Stadler, and the cosmic jazz of Julian Priester and Pepe Mtoto’s ‘Love, Love’. Even So Solid Crew’s (the local Wandsworth lads who bedazzled the young Kieran with their fearless experimentation) ‘Dilemma’ finds a happy home on the diverse mix.