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Four Tet And Madlib Announce Joint Album 'Sound Ancestors'

Monday, 14 December 2020 Written by Jon Stickler

Four Tet and Madlib have teamed up for a collaborative album.

The instrumental 'Sound Ancestors' will arrive in January via Eothen "Egon" Alapatt's Madlib Invazion label —though an exact release date is yet to be confirmed — and feature the chilled new single, Road Of The Lonely Ones, which rolls out around a vintage soul sample. Posting on Twitter, Four Tet wrote:

"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.

"Eothan Alapatt worked with us on the whole project guiding and advising and has now prepared the album for release. He’s had Bernie Grundman cut the vinyl and everything is in production and will be ready soon."

Four Tet put out 'Sixteen Oceans' earlier in 2020, and recently combined with Thom Yorke and Burial for two new tracks, Her Revolution and His Rope.

Madlib, meanwhile, produced Loyle Carner's new single, Yesterday.

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