Madlib and Four Tet have shared the second single from their upcoming collaborative album in the form of the hypnotically delightful, ‘Hopprock’.
The album, Sound Ancestors, is set to arrive some point this month. However, the precise release date is yet to be revealed by the pair. The duo released the first teaser from the record last month in the form of the delicious, ‘Road Of The Lonely Ones’ which saw these two producer heavyweights going toe-to-toe and showing off their mercurial talents to a rapturous response.
The two men are a part of an elite pantheon of producers that the 21st Century has to offer. If the first two tracks are anything to judge Sound Ancestors, the extraordinary artists have one exemplary treat up their sleeve. Four Tet and Madlib are the definition of dynamic, so when these two artists announced they were working together — the excitement was beyond tangible.
Sound Ancestors will be Madlib’s first release has been released since 2019’s highly-acclaimed Bandana LP, which he made with Freddie Gibbs. Whereas Four Tet has been as prolific as one could get of late, releasing his Sixteen Oceans LP in March, before unleashing two surprise albums on Christmas Day. Keiran Hebden shared Parallel under his Four Tet moniker and 871, under his alias 00110100 01010100, which translates to ‘4T’ in binary code.
Four Tet said on the collaboration: “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.”
The English producer added: “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.”
Listen to the enchanting new collaboration, below.