Album of the Week // 1–5 February

Gil Evans to Miles Davis, Holger Czukay to the ensemble known as Can, Jean Claude Vannier to Serge Gainsbourg on Histoire de Melody Nelson. That’s the only way to explain the specificity of Four Tet and Madlib’s collaboration, in this special album that showcases a two-decade long friendship that has resulted in an album that follows Madlib’s classics like Quasimoto’s The Unseen, Madvillainy and his Pinata and Bandana albums with Freddie Gibbs.

Eothan Alapatt (of Now Again) worked on the whole project guiding and advising, and Bernie Grundman cut the vinyl. Sound Ancestors was produced and arranged by Kieren Hebden AKA Four Tet, here’s what he had to say on the process:

“A few months ago I completed work on an album with my friend Madlib that we’d been making for the last few years. He is always making loads of music in all sorts of styles and I was listening to some of his new beats and studio sessions when I had the idea that it would be great to hear some of these ideas made into a Madlib solo album. Not made into beats for vocalists to use but instead arranged into tracks that could all flow together in an album designed to be listened to start to finish. I put this concept to him when we were hanging out eating some nice food one day and we decided to work on this together with him sending me tracks, loops, ideas and experiments that I would arrange, edit, manipulate and combine. 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.” — Kieren Hebden AKA Four Tet

Track List
A1
There Is No Time (Prelude)
A2 The Call
A3 Theme De Crabtree
A4 Road Of The Lonely Ones
A5 Loose Goose
A6 Dirtknock
A7 Hopprock
A8 Riddim Chant
B1 Sound Ancestors
B2 One For Quartabê/Right Now
B3 Hang Out (Phone Off)
B4 Two for 2 -For Dilla
B5 Latino Negro
B6 The New Normal
B7 Chino
B8 Duumbiyay

You can listen to songs from the album all this week on Morning Mari*, 9:00–9:15 GMT!

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