Four Tet: Rounds

Domino, 2003

Rounds cover

Wow. This is a great album. The track titles sound like love poem clichés, but that sets the perfect tone for so many sweet melodies. “She Moves She” loops plucked guitar samples over a hip-hop beat. Bursts of static stutter over top to dramatic effect. “Unspoken” features a contemplative piano loop and heavy beats, filtered until they clip into lo-fi downtempo funk. Though this album’s mastering sounds a bit harsh at times (lately I’ve been picky about recording quality), this creative, sometimes sensual music is well-worth tracking down.