- One of UK dance music's leading lights delivers another spellbinding rework.
- Kieran Hebden can send the internet into meltdown with a banging new white-label. He can also have festival crowds on the verge of tears with his touching live set. He's back with another remix, this time reworking Daniel Avery's "Quick Eternity," an ambient techno track that closed Song For Alpha earlier this year. Made available on a 12-inch sold at June's Field Day festival in London, it gets a wider release this week, rightfully bringing its unique radiance to a bigger audience.
The remix is classic Four Tet, a twinkling, almost ambient slice of shimmering house, vaguely tropical and intensely emotional. The faint garage rhythm at the start is a red herring, as there's barely a kick drum for the next five minutes. Instead, the focus is on the sunny chimes, whistles and keys that swirl in harmony. And then, silence. But the beat returns, the track building into a technoid stomp with a growling synth, paired with a crunchy clap. It's a bold switch up, resulting in one of the more memorable remixes of recent months.
A more conventional version of "Quick Eternity" sits on the B-side. It's big-room atmospheric techno, so don't be surprised to hear it in a Rødhåd set. But anyone listening at home should stick with Hebden's side, the latest in a string of powerful tunes from a producer who knows when to bend the rules.
A Quick Eternity (Four Tet Remix)
B Quick Eternity (Club Edit)