New Energy

Four Tet - New Energy
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Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #244 / 716
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Based on 145 ratings
2017 Ratings: #168
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
Four Tet can do much much better than this
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
A nice, soft sounding record with a set of very solid tracks. The record feels warm and lush, with wonderful melodies and sounds. My biggest gripe with the record is how uneven it is -- the tracks really do not flow well together, often changing energies too abruptly, or even laying in silence for much too long before a new track comes in. It seems that this is intentional -- but it doesn't work for me.

Taken separately, some of these tracks rank among his best -- in the context of the record, ... read more
Four Tet's still going strong.
When New Energy enters your body, you feel a sense of calm seldom found elsewhere.
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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