[Electronic] Jamie xx, Romy & Four Tet – Seesaw (Club Version)

Jamie xx + Four Tet + Romy
Seesaw (club version)

Jamie xx‘s 2015 album In Colour hasn’t even been out for a year yet and it’s already clear that it’ll have some serious staying power. I don’t think a week has passed since it’s release that I haven’t given it a cover-to-cover listen. Although it’s impossible to pick a favorite, “Seesaw,” one of two songs featuring The xx-collaborator Romy Croft, possesses a particularly hypnotizing aesthetic. The combination of a house sensibility, UK garage-influenced percussion and Romy’s soaring vocals creates a texture signature to Jamie xx.

Unsurprisingly, Four Tet, a pioneer in his own right, also contributed to the production of “Seesaw,” which apparently stemmed from sessions all the way back in 2013. This year, Four Tet slightly re-tooled the song with, in his own words, “different drums and mix and arrangement.” The result, as its suffix suggests, is a dance floor-ready version of the track released today that manages to bring a new energy without losing a touch of the original’s magic. This one will definitely be a regular in the weekend mix. It’s also rumored that Justin Martin has a remix of “Seesaw” in the works. We won’t hold our breathe but this should do just fine to hold us over regardless.

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[Hip-Hop] Rome Fortune – Leaders (Prod. Four Tet)

Rome Fortune
Leaders (Prod By Four Tet)

Atlanta’s Rome Fortune has pushed boundaries in hip-hop for the last year in more than one way. His work with pioneering electronic producer Four Tet is just one great example making for some of our favorite tracks of 2014. Today, we get possibly their best collaboration to date with “Leaders,” an accurate title for both artists. Starting with some classic-sounding boom bap percussion, Four Tet adds layers of atmospheric keys and arpeggiated synths to take the backdrop to outer space. Equipped with just the right instrumental, Rome shines with a delivery that dynamically switches between matter-of-fact and melodic as he motivates others to take chances in the same way he has. It’s the type of tune that will inspire you to chase your dreams.

Fittingly, Rome also announced his new iPhone app today, which will allow fans to chat with him as well as receive exclusive content and browse his whole library of music. You can download it for free here.

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[Chill] Four Tet & Grimes – Human Once Again

Four Tet x Grimes
Human Once Again

As a way to celebrate 100K followers, experimental producer Four Tet has sneakily let loose a slew of free remixes and original tracks via his Twitter. Among the fifteen previously unreleased tracks, this downright heavenly reimagination of Grimes’s “Skin” may be our favorite. The ethereally haunting vocals of Grimes, the latest addition to Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation, meld perfectly with Four Tet’s production style and make for a trance-enducing feel. Grab a free download here.  Hit the break to get a full list, with download links, of all fifteen recent releases [via In the Mix]. Continue reading

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[Chill] Four Tet – Parallel Jalebi

Four Tet
Parallel Jalebi

“Parallel Jalebi” has to be the most brilliantly titled track of the year. For those of you unfamiliar with what jalebi is, it’s basically a dish made of fried batter that’s coiled together and soaked in a sugary syrup, generally found in India and certain surrounding countries. That contradiction in the name alone though isn’t what makes the title so clever. If you take a look at the waveform of the track on SoundCloud, you’ll be able to see that the “strands” of the beat basically look like straightened pieces of jalebi (especially since jalebi is orange). That amount of complexity in such a simple song makes it all the sweeter to listen to.

Remain on the lookout for Four Tet‘s upcoming album, Beautiful Rewind, set to drop on his label, Text, sometime this year.

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Four Tet – For These Times

Four Tet
For These Times

Apparently we didn’t get the memo that it was Four Tet Monday. We featured his remix of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” earlier in the day, but we can’t let his very own original track “For These Times” get by without a post. The new house-infused song — part of Think And Change, a compilation by Nonplus Records — pushes forward with intense speeds and features a crazy, mind-scrambling arrangement of snappy snares. If this doesn’t get your adrenaline pumpin’, not sure what will!

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Justin Timberlake – Suit & Tie (Four Tet Remix)

Justin Timberlake
Suit & Tie (Four Tet Remix)

Myspace is not the only thing Justin Timerlake wants to re-invent, his new album The 20/20 Experience will be out next week and already he has been getting a lot of attention from the indie blogosphere. However, unlike his efforts with Myspace, what has probably gotten the most attention, at least for us, is the caliber of producers that are now remixing his latest single ‘Suit & Tie’. Both Aeroplane and Dillon Francis have contributed their own rendition releasing previews this week and today we welcome a new addition. Four Tet takes the mainstream pop single into an opaque experimental environment where layers of drum and vocal samples are intertwined to become one.

Via Stereogum

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[HOT] Grimes – Skin (Four Tet Remix) (Unofficial)

Four Tet recently did a set for RinseFM, including this little gem in the mix. It was ripped and once it surfaced on the internet, folks left and right quickly dubbed it a remix of a Grimes track called “Skin,” despite any official confirmation. Four Tet himself posted it on his Facebook, but with a mysterious (?), furthering the speculation. Finally, however, he took to Twitter to announce that, in fact,

“It’s just some track I made the other day using a loop from her record…no remix going on or anything.”

A lot of buzz for nothing, you ask? Well, even if it isn’t a “real, official” remix, it’s still pretty damn fun to listen to. Check it out below:

’Grimes – Skin (Four Tet Remix) (Live Set Rip)’
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