Four Tet joined the ranks of Abandon Silence alumni with a versatile virtuoso set, Getintothis’ Laurie Cheeseman pays tribute to an artist at the very top of his game.
After a whopper of a DJ set earlier this year for Abandon Silence, no-one could argue with welcoming Four Tet (aka Kieran Hebden) back for another round – something the fact the first release of tickets selling out in one hour goes to show.
Now then, this isn’t an especially original point to make but it’s clear how much Hebden has fallen for dance music outside of the rather more esoteric strains of electronic he produced after his stint in post-rock group Fridge over recent years. And his timing in visiting our fair city couldn’t be more perfect, what with his new record dropping the same week to much critical acclaim.
Atmospherically, it’s all standard Abandon Silence: total sweatbox of a room, minimal lighting and more than a few gurners drifting around. But would you have it any other way? No way. Kieran totally knows how to play the room and even manages to drop in a few guilty pleasures (with Janet Jackson being the only real misfire of the whole night).
The fact Kieran never lets up the pace also means it’s easy enough to tune in as and when you want. Perfect for those less than sober souls down there to cool down (or to check out Juicy for those with a predilection for dancing to Aaliyah) and come back and not have missed a beat. Essential for a relentless five hour set, right?
For a city with ever more club nights, Abandon Silence once again proves why it’s the cream of the crop when it brings in top drawer players like Four Tet.
Abandon Silence returns tonight featuring Joy Orbison, Pearson Sound, Fold and more.
Picture by Getintothis’ Nata Moraru.
Further reading on Getintothis:
Four Tet, Rich Furness, Harry Sheehan: The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
Dusky, Tom Demac: The Kazimier, Liverpool
Upitup Records: 10th Birthday Weekender: Various artists: Mello Mello, The Kazimier, Drop the Dumbells