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My Somethingy 10 Tracks of 2011: Four Tet–Pinnacles

December 17, 2011

I’d lost track of Kieran Hebden’s career somewhere after the Rounds album. I’ve heard one of his albums with drummer Steve Reid but I’ve always thought Hebden’s best work was set against some form of locked groove, no matter how mutated or twee it was.

I’m glad to say I’ve re-connected thanks to this track which combines a driving groove with some jazz fire/finery. Eight minutes flies by as he adds those small variations to keep the groove fresh. The jazz doesn’t sound obviously sampled or stamped on – it’s part of the track’s DNA.

Best of all it’s a free download, available here via the 1upped.com.

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