Having been on the scene for a good few years now, (his first album release as Four Tet was in 1999) and having recently sold out Alexandra Palace in London, it goes without saying that his appearance at Wire last Thursday was the hottest ticket in town. Elbowing my way through the crowd to admire his quirky, nocturnal appearance, totally focused on the rotating vinyl, buttons and nobs in front of him, my inexcusable fan-girling resulted in simply staring in awe at the master at work, occasionally sloshing beer on to whoever ended up next to me.
But as the night continued, expectations did too: Hebden started with sexy, groovy disco vibes, he dropped a few of his own, notably ‘Moth’ his masterpiece with Burial (which was super great), but that was about it. He didn’t surprise, inspire or impress me. Don’t get me wrong, the set was flawlessly conducted and I couldn’t resist a full-blown boogy, but there was nothing there to knock me sideways, except maybe the huge crowd. There were occasional bangers, but nothing I hadn’t heard before, and we left feeling a little bit let down and under-whelmed. Alas, til next time Kieran; now go and get some sleep.
Photo credits: Phonographe Corp