Bicep - Opal (Four Tet Remix)
Big release on Ninja Tune with two of dance music's biggest stars on one twelve inch! Kieran Hebden is the more seasoned veteran while Bicep, though certainly not new to this game, could be regarded as the new kid on the block in the premier league of touring electronic acts. Credentials aside, both are known to rock the big stages down to their core so it's lovely to see Four Tet getting to grips with one of their more recent smashers. The Belfast duo's original consists of this hi-tek synth line, programmed to within an inch of its live then let loose across this skitty UKG-informed beat. It's already got nods to the Hebden's Text label and is a perfect slice of specialist, stadium-unifying greatness.
Enter Four Tet who ditches the syncopated garage beat for a straight up house romp (although the dusty hat sound remains, and seems a favourite of both producers). The weaving, serpentine synth lick continues its offensive as the London producer adds ethereal wind chimes, growling sfx and twinkling arps. Sympathetic to the original but adding a different flavour and mood, it's a brilliant excursion by this dance legend.
On the flip we get another Bicep OG, "Helix" in unadulterated form. Another sophisticated, techno-learning number with intricate modular melodies colliding with crisp drums and moody pads; a late night / early morning time affair when no one wants to open the curtains and the mind wanders into abstract realms...
1. Opal (Four Tet Remix)
Label: Ninja Tune
Format: 12" vinyl
Cat Number: ZEN12488
Released: 27 April 2018