New Energy

Four Tet - New Energy
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Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #243 / 715
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Based on 137 ratings
2017 Ratings: #113
September 29, 2017 / Release Date
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New Energy is a seamless body of work that evinces Kieran Hebden's masterful and dextrous use of percussion and harmonic textures, bridging the space between all-consuming melodicism and ambient sensibilities that comprise the opposing sides of electronic music's spectrum.


On this record, the club-orientated, dancefloor tracks that can be found on the likes of Beautiful Rewind and There is Love in You are gone. What’s left is a mature, ambient take that feels more reflective—and honest.


Downtempo nodders, beatless passages that flow into big bangers—he synthesizes all this into his most accessible listen since There is Love in You.


New Energy is one of the most accessible, listener-friendly releases in the Four Tet catalog, but it still maintains the creativity and unpredictability that have always made his work stand out.

The 405

To say New Energy is a consolidation rather than a progression may seem damning with faint praise, but its palate is so substantial and nourishing that such slight ambition is peripheral. If you’re served a basic carbonara by a Michelin-star pasta chef it’s still a damn fine carbonara.

Resident Advisor

Though far from perfect, New Energy is one of Hebden's most intimate and personal albums, with all the idiosyncrasies that come with that.

I first heard Four Tet in 2004 with his record "Rounds." A major highlight – "My Angel Rocks Back and Forth" – a quiet, delicately layered piece, introduced me a world of electronic music I'd never experienced before. With Four Tet's meditative, gorgeous, and beautifully executed new record "New Energy," we have one his most focused records within his already excellent catalog. "New Energy" projects singularity; each track remains distinctive, ... read more
Falls under the weight of its own tropes. Not his most inventive work, but its passible.

BEST TRACKS: Two Thousand and Seventeen, You Are Loved
Four Tet's still going strong.
When New Energy enters your body, you feel a sense of calm seldom found elsewhere.
Not too stunning of work nor very engaging with it's concept.
'New Energy'? This is actually quite 'low energy' but in a very pleasing way.

One of the superior sleepytime jams of the last few years.
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Track List

  1. Alap
  2. Two Thousand and Seventeen
  3. LA Trance
  4. Tremper
  5. Lush
  6. Scientists
  7. Falls 2
  8. You Are Loved 
  9. SW9 9SL
  10. Midi
  11. Memories
  12. Daughter
  13. Gentle Soul
  14. Planet
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Added on: September 12, 2017