Returning to vinyl for the first time since it’s original release in 2008 Four Tet‘s The “Ringer” EP is dropping again next month. The 32 minute, four-track excursion into the kind of wide-open spaces you might find if you set out to make techno with an Afro-beat / Krautrock sensibility. Title track “Ringer” locks together gloriously rich synthesizer arpeggios; “Wing Body Wing” slips from crisp clusters of disco percussion to Steve Reich polyrhythms; and in between are another two euphoric ripples of sound; “Ribbons” and “Swimmer”. These are tracks that make you think of Berlin – Dakar – Detroit – but they could only have been made in London. All four are headphone epics, but are mixed in such a way you know you have to hear them at Plastic People or The End. “Ringer” carries that minimal pulse over into Four Tet, and while Kieran’s trademark recuttings of jazz breaks may be less in evidence, his feel for harmony and melody is, as always, unmistakable. The EP is being released along with his 2009 album There Is Love In You via Domino.
Domino will re-release Ringer and There Is Love In You on May 13th (Pre-order)