Kieran Hebden doublewide

Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, is no stranger to reworking other artists’ material. In fact, deconstruction and re-construction is, in some sense, a great part of the ethos of his work. If you’ve ever seen him explain his live setup or were lucky enough to see him own the main room at Fabric for eight hours straight, his ability to creatively stay in touch with the moment is indeed his at the center of his mastery and will be a huge part of his legacy. But understatement is an equally integral element in his work and if there were anybody capable of taking something that was otherwise somewhat bland and ephemeral and turning it into something beautifully dreamy in its peripheral characteristics, and by contrast irresistibly danceable, it would be him.

This isn’t exactly the first time Hebden has used what in most other situations would simply be a working title or just a tweet for a song title (if you remember 2012’s That Track I’ve Been Playing That People Keep Asking About and That Joy Used in His RA Mix) but there’s something implicit about the lack of deference for properly naming this mix or even simply utilizing traditional remix-marketing protocol that comes through in this characteristically Four Tet take on Ellie Goulding’s “Burn”. That is to say it’s not entirely a remix anyway. It wouldn’t–and isn’t about to–be readily recognized by your average trainspotter in a club, but brings something entirely new to the table. Check out the re-fix below, as well as a video interview with Red Bull Music Academy on Four Tet’s live set up.


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