Four Tet and Madlib on a joint album wasn’t on many of our 2020 bingo cards, yet here we are. The pair have formally announced a collaborative effort called Sound Ancestors, due in January on Madlib’s Invazion imprint. Leading the project is the duo’s debut single, “The Road of the Lonely Ones.”
According to Four Tet, the album has been a long work-in-progress, with Madlib and the Sixteen Oceans producer collaborating digitally over a lengthy stretch of time, passing track concepts, loops, vocal cuts, and more to each other for several years. Sound Ancestors will be credited under Madlib’s name with Four Tet determining the project’s arrangement. Says Four Tet,
“I was sent hundreds of pieces of music over a couple of years stretch and during that time I put together this album with all the parts that fitted with my vision.”
“The Road of the Lonely Ones” closely follows Four Tet’s double-sided link with Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke and Burial on “His Rope” and “Her Revolution.” Furthermore, Four Tet’s new Madlib cut comes after one of the year’s most enticing full-length LPs and handful of high profile remixes including numbers for Caribou, Tame Impala, and Krust. Listen below.
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