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The 50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far

Even in the coronavirus-shortened record release schedule of 2020, the year has offered a mountainous feast of sublime music. The 50 best albums of 2020 so far are an eclectic and increasingly "woke" bunch.

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The 10 Best Electronic Albums of 2010

Let's take a journey to Pop Past and re-experience the best electronic albums from a decade ago. Many electronic sounds in 2010 remained in the margins, using the lexicon of its predecessors to define what they were.

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Four Tet's 'Sixteen Oceans' Explores a Rich Sound Palette

Four Tet's 10th album, Sixteen Oceans, begins on the dancefloor, travels to the woods, and ends becalmed, invoking, and bestowing peace and tranquility.

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Four Tet - "Baby" (Singles Going Steady)

Four Tet's "Baby" feels like a magic carpet ride through history, absorbing unlimited wonders. It's a CGI-designed Disney ride for Four Tet lovers.

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The 20 Best Electronic Albums of 2017

Electronic music is one of the broadest-reaching genres by design, and 2017 highlights that as well as any other year on record. These are the 20 best albums.

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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - "I Will Make Room for You (Four Tet remix)" (audio)

On Four Tet's remix, you can't escape the beat, which arrives within a split second of starting and soldiers on at a steady 120 beats per minute throughout.

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Shura - "Touch" (Four Tet Remix) (Singles Going Steady)

Credit goes to Four Tet, who's gone from cut-n-splice folktronica go-to, to a grade-A dance and indie remixer.

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Four Tet Shares New Song "Kool FM" from Upcoming Album

This week Four Tet announced a new album, 'Beautiful Rewind', only saying it would be out soon. Here's a taste of the new material.

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Four Tet: Rounds (10th Anniversary Edition)

The original Rounds may very well be Four Tet's greatest achievements, a truly classic album. This slapdash re-release, however, featuring only a halfway decent live set tacked on, doesn't do anything to enhance its legacy.

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Moogfest 2012: 27-28 October 2012 - Asheville, NC

Clearly, the music was the big draw, with five venues offering choices from DJ sets to chamber pop-acoustic performances. Even an impending hurricane coming up the coast could not dampen the spirits of the Halloween revelers.

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Four Tet: Pink

Four Tet moves forward by not really moving forward.

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Jonti: Sine & Moon

The glitch-hop hip-pop debut from Australia-based, South African born Jonti shines as brightly as the sun.

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Four Tet 'Fabriclive 59' Launch Party: 23 September 2011 - London

In celebrating the release of the latest instalment in the Fabriclive series, Four Tet and friends join forces to bring what, on paper at least, should be one of the best nights of the year.

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Radiohead: TKOL RMX 1234567

Two possible outcomes: fresh perspectives that breathe new life into these often difficult tracks... or a straight-up snoozefest.

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Robag Wruhme: Wuppdeckmischmampflow

An intimate mix for Kompakt that begs you to get lost in its forest of sounds.

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Beans: End It All

End It All is more like a new mixtape than a new proper album, a collection of songs that just had to find their way to public consumption.

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James Holden: DJ-Kicks

Long on thrilling harmonic ambience but short on variety, James Holden's entry into the revered DJ-Kicks mix series makes for a great cap to a long night on the town.

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Alex B: Moments

Alex B needs a new alias, because it does not do justice to the benchmark electronica and avant-garde hip-hop showcased here.

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Four Tet: There Is Love in You

There Is Love In You is among Kieran Hedben's best work, a dance friendly album that fits into the extensions of spiritual jazz he has spent a career crafting.

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Burial/Four Tet: "Moth"/"Wolf Cub"

On the surface, Four Tet and Burial don't seem to have much in common. That's precisely what makes this enigmatic 12" single so rewarding.

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Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid: NYC

Jazz drummer Steve Reid is a fascinating contrast to the rigid grids typical of Four Tet.

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"OK, I've Done It, That's Enough for Me": An Interview with Four Tet

With a new dance-oriented EP and multiple collaborations with Steve Reid under his belt, Four Tet's Kieran Hebden looks back on a career where he's opened for Radiohead, played for Badly Drawn Boy, and explains why it's unlikely he'll do either ever again.

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Connecting the Dots

Four Tet - Ringer

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Four Tet: Ringer

Four Tet’s jazz residency with drummer Steve Reid has fine-tuned his ear for the subtle yet beautifully complex mannerisms, melodies, and polyrhythms that flourish on Ringer.

Thomas Hauner
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Steve Reid Ensemble: Daxaar

The Steve Reid Ensemble has taken a geographic and sonic trip to make Daxaar.

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Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid: Tongues

A snapshot of the duo in their full flower, having mastered each others' languages and moved past any lingering reticence.

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Four Tet: Remixes

Kieran Hebden is the scavenger of the corners and the cracks. He pulls rogue elements of folk from everything rather than the genre itself. And all the pieces fit, which is what makes this album truly fascinating.

Nicolai Hartvig
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Steve Reid Ensemble: Spirits Walk

Spirit Walk is ostensibly credited to the Steve Reid Ensemble, but the disc serves a far more important role as a companion piece to Reid and Hebden's recent collaborations.

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Four Tet: DJ Kicks

Insomuch as Kieran Hebden's sound is unassailably unique, his DJ Kicks is also a rather indescribable experience.

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Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid: The Exchange Session Vol. 2

Who knew that free jazz's funkiest drumming and electronic music's warmest, most organic sounds were twins separated at birth?

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Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid: The Exchange Session Vol. 1

Electricity and drum will change your mind? You better believe it.

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Four Tet: Everything Ecstatic Part 2 [CD + DVD]

A literal makeover, Everything Ecstatic Part 2 offers a visual counterpart to Four Tet's latest album.

Dan Nishimoto
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Stay in the Rhythm

Four Tet and legendary jazz drummer Steve Reid get serious with a pair of upcoming albums capturing the unlikely duo in all their improvisational glory.

Scott Wright
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Four Tet: Everything Ecstatic

Everyone's favourite purveyor of blissful beats has gone ballistic, and the smoking gun suits him -- when you're armed with as much talent as Hebden, you can make your own rules.

Stefan Braidwood

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