I don’t listen to electronic music very often, but when I do, it’s Kieran Hebden a.k.a. Four Tet.
“Parallel Jalebi” is my current jam. From his 2013 record Beautiful Rewind, Four Tet names the track after a deep-fried sweet snack popular in North Africa, Middle East, and South Asia. It’s moody, it’s sensual. Take a listen if you will…
If you ever get a chance to see Four Tet playing near you, DO IT.
Fortunately my friend had an extra ticket for his six-hour DJ set at a Far Away show in L.A. last October. During this set, he was on a roll with saxophone solos on funk tracks that hit all the falsettos. One sax solo held a high note long enough that people around me looked terrified and disgusted; the looks on their faces were priceless. As a saxophone player/lover, I was pleased.
My appreciation for Four Tet grew when he recently curated a Spotify playlist featuring artists from the seven countries listed under the travel ban enacted by the 45th president’s administration. With over 30 hours of music, his selections range from Syrian oud player and previous collaborator Omar Souleymann to Iranian songstress Simin Ghanem. His reaction is one of thousands in the U.S. and around the world condemning a policy motivated by xenophobia, Islamophobia, and racism.
Four Tet’s own form of resistance against the 45th president gives me a bit of hope amid all the mess.
Check out Four Tet’s Spotify playlist here. [Side note: he continuously adds music to this ever-growing playlist, which started back in September 2016]