Premiering yesterday morning on BBC’s Radio 1, British producer and DJ, Four Tet, released a new song called, ‘Two Thousand and Seventeen’. Ever since the 2015 release of his ambient-house, minimal-techno album, ‘Morning/Evening’, Four Tet has been keeping a low profile releasing occasional remixes on Soundcloud. His new song bites elements from his early albums like ‘Pause’ and ‘Rounds’, but offers a refreshing twist of ambience that may serve as the first look of new Four Tet tracks to come. 

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Stylistically, the new track incorporates delicate melodies and swirling electronics that harken back to his previous material. Four Tet uses blissfully decadent instrumentals, vibrant electronic components, and a swelling bassline to offer a uplifting, mellow listening experience. Though the title might suggest a politically charged track, an area Four Tet entered earlier this year with a mix protesting Trump’s muslim ban, it is surprisingly downtempo and reserved.

‘Two Thousand and Seventeen’ ventures into the subgenre of, “folktronica”, a niche area incorporating mechanical dance beats and acoustic elements. Though it seems inherently contradictory, Four Tet cooly combines twangy instrumental samples and gentle hip hop dance rhythms which offer a soothing, new age sound with future-facing potential. 

Four Tet, who notoriously keeps out of the public eye, revealed on Radio 1 that he “has been making music for the past 10 months.” He did not specify what project he was working on, but fans are hopeful this means a new album is imminent. Even though this is the first taste Four Tet listeners have gotten in awhile, this single could very well be a sign for an upcoming, full-length studio album.