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Four Tet is an odd one to surmise, his own particular blend of musical magpie-ism taking him through hip-hop, indie, dance, funk, pop, you name it, which he then distills into his own abstract-ish live electronica.

Danceable indie, or indie-ish dance, but more far-reaching than both of those sound. You follow?

The south London-born Tet, aka Kieran Hebden, started out in post-rock outfit Fridge, making a clutch of recordings, before then realising that there was more to music than just guitars and embarking on tearing up the template and genre-based approach for a style that was more ambitious and unexpected. How so?

His first single as Tet, Thirtysixtwentyfive, was thus named because that is how many minutes and seconds it ran to.

It wasn’t playlisted on Radio 1. This ‘create what I want’ stance has stuck.

So while he opened for Radiohead on their 2003 tour (forming a strong bond with Thom Yorke and the boys) and has remixed for the likes of alt-folk duo Tegan and Sara and tea cosy fan Badly Drawn Boy, he also likes to attempt the less conventional, such as performing an improvised gig, as he did in London and Paris in 2005 with jazz drummer Steve Reid. 

Despite – or perhaps because of – his mantra, he’s put together a sterling career that’s seen him release a sixth album, Pink, last August, which was yet another post-rock-meets-electronica record that received universal critical acclaim.

Taking to the stage at Heaven you can guarantee he’ll delve into every corner of his impressive body of work, and the show will be totally captivating.

Heaven, WC2N 6NG
Thurs, Feb 28 | Doors at 7pm |  £15.50  
Tube | Embankment  
heaven-live.co.uk 

 

Photos: Jason Evans


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London Gig: Four Tet at Heaven on Thursday February 28
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