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In March of last year, Four Tet's sole proprietor Kieran Hebden dusted off his Text Records imprint. Originally started in 2001, it had only released eight titles over the course of a decade, but 2011 would prove to be a busy year for Hebden. Rather than rest on the laurels and accolades for 2010's There Is Love in You, he released his entry in the acclaimed Fabriclive series, toured and DJed internationally, and then jumpstarted Text with two plain sleeve 12"'s: "Ego"/"Mirror" was a Four Tet collaboration with dubstep demiurge Burial and some British bloke named Thom Yorke and "Pinnacles"/"Ye Ye" was a split single featuring Four Tet and Caribou's Dan Snaith (before he assumed his Daphni moniker).


The former signified a decade's worth of British electronic music--running from Kid A through Four Tet and onto Burial-- while Four Tet's "Pinnacles" served a function similar to his 2008 EP Ringer. After the loft jazz-inspired Everything Ecstatic and a heady collaboration with noted jazz/soul/African/funk drummer Steve Reid that resulted in numerous drum-laptop improv albums and suggested that Hebden might never quite return to earth, Ringer reminded fans that Hebden has always kept an ear to the dancefloor. But whereas that EP reveled in 4/4 minimal-yet-playful techno bangers, "Pinnacles" was a decidedly more ambitious affair, intermingling dubstep's wobble with an elegant McCoy Tyner-esque piano line, Joe Meek guitar lick, and some lasers. Perhaps spurred by the "Thom Yorke Bump," it triggered a year's worth of heady dance singles from Hebden, spanning three 12"'s (with another credited to the moniker Percussions), all compiled now on Pink with an additional two unreleased tracks.


"Locked" opens things and hearkens back to the Four Tet of old. A dusty, crackling drum break that would make b-boys bob heads lopes around, but it soon abuts another machine pulse, suggesting an African polyrhythm about its downtempo pace. It's from this trickier rhythmic bed (with a substrata of bass frequencies) that Hebden builds up a wistful melody that evokes memories of his 2003 breakout album, Rounds. The unreleased "Lion" follows, suggesting both the earliest instances of late-80s tribal house as well as au courant UK bass music, the primitive yips, clipped kalimba line and speedy metabolism of the snare underpinned by a menacing drone - Pitchfork

Label: Text Records ‎– TEXT018

Series: Vinyl Me, Please. Record Of The Month – Vol. 33

Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition, Remastered, 180g

Country: US

Released: Sep 2015

Genre: Electronic

Style: Techno, IDM, Deep House, Experimental, Ambient