I can (and have) been as cynical as anyone about the transparently promotional aspects of the glut of remixes sweeping through music sites — they serve a necessary purpose in the present MP3 economy, no doubt, but often these redos have little merit beyond extending brand awareness in an information saturated space. Then there are the exceptions, and almost anytime we’re posting about a Four Tet remix, it’s an exception. As a deconstructionist DJ, Hebden has a way of identifying seams and threads otherwise invisible inside his source material, and stitching it into something new. For his take on the Acorn’s “Restoration,” Kieren keeps the guitar fingerpicks and harmonics, but kills the striding train-track drums; it’s still moves with lightness and air, but is far more restrained and impressionistic. The vocals are clipped and layered amongst the synths and de novo Fridge-redolent drums. If everyone got Four Tet remixes, I’d be less cynical about everyone getting remixes.
The Acorn’s No Ghost is out 6/1 via Paper Bag in Canada, and 6/1 digitally (8/10 physically) via Bella Union. You can preorder it here. There’ll be a limited edition of 300 180-gram, red-pressed vinyl with hand-silkscreened covers. Don’t miss its outstanding title track. Four Tet’s fantastic There Is Love In You is out now. Another recent example of his remix expertise: Check Four Tet’s redo of Pantha Du Prince’s “Stick To My Side.” Often.