Blessed with exquisite musical taste and an enviably large record collection, Four Tet (a.k.a. British producer Kieran Hebden) has maximized those assets over four increasingly accomplished albums since 1999's Dialogue -- while incidentally becoming the foremost proponent of "folktronica." Four Tet's mastery of the laptop and sampler culminates on Everything Ecstatic, a strange-yet-beguiling amalgam of Can drummer Jaki Leibezeit's mantric tribal power, inventive funk beats that Madlib would give up weed to find and beautifully warped Southeast Asian gong-and-bell reveries. Ecstatic maintains a perfect yin-yang balance between sexily mirthful grooves and heady textural exploration. It's a tribute to Hebden's compositional skills that he can create an album so adventurous (and organic-sounding), yet also utterly joyful. This could soundtrack the highest-browed, most off-the-hook party of your wildest imagination.
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