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Four Tet

Kieran Hebden is one of those impressive young geniuses whose creative juices flow like Mount Vesuvius. At 17, he co-founded the outstanding post-rock outfit Fridge, and by the following year, had already released an acclaimed solo record as Four Tet. Since then, he's managed to keep both projects going strong. Both acts forge a middle ground between "pure" electronic music and "post-rock," with Fridge tending more toward post-rock and Four Tet toward electronic. Four Tet's combination of acoustic and electronic elements sounds fresh and unique, particularly at a time when so much electronic music is conceived and produced without ever leaving the digital realm. With its extensive use of field recordings and acoustic samples, Four Tet's music sounds truly organic and alive.

Hebden's inspiration for 2001's Pause was a documentary about folk musician Bert Jansch. He set out to make a folk record full of Krautrock beats, and by and large succeeded. You'll also hear some fantastic folk-infused breakbeat and downtempo. The featured track, "No More Mosquitoes," is actually anomalous in the context of the album, making much more prominent use of vocals (a sample of a kid singing about the absence of mosquitoes) and digital effects.