Four Tet has been going his own way with upcoming album Beautiful Rewind, and now we can hear the sonic results in full. When U.K. electronic wizard Kieran Hebden originally announced the record, he withheld an official release date, vowing, with a clear shot at Kanye West, "No preorder, no YouTube trailers, no iTunes stream, no Spotify, no Amazon deal, no charts, no Bitcoin deal, no last-minute Rick Rubin."
Late last month, Hebden specified the album's North American release date as October 15. And true to form, he has shared a stream of the sleekly percolating, intricately textured full-length himself — via Soundcloud, sure, but not through the usual media or corporate partners. He previously shared jungle-rethinking "Kool FM" and the mellower, lovely "Parallel Jalebi." A proper digital release is on the way soon, according to Hebden, so listen below while you can.
Need more Four Tet for the weekend? He's got you covered. From 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. U.K. time on Sunday, October 6, he'll be DJing for Rinse FM. Hebden said he "might be joined by some guests for some of it and will be bringing exclusives as usual." It'll be beautiful, and then, assuming it gets archived, you can hit rewind.