Show Review & Photos: Four Tet, Nathan Fake and Er Don @ Chop Suey

Kieran Hebden/Four Tet played to a sold-out crowd at Chop Suey Tuesday night, as part of his tour to promote his latest release, There Is Love In You. What better a way to stay out of the rain than to take in the expansive sounds of his folktronica beats, along with an enthusiastic crowd?

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Hebden boasts an impressive resume, including opening for Radiohead, and executing innovative remixes for some of my favourite artists, including Super Furry Animals, Bloc Party, and Thom Yorke.

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Unfortunately, this gig didn’t quite do it for me – layered beats aside, Hebden’s stage performance really did come down to one man and his laptop, and other electronic acts I have seen live usually pump things up through their use of lighting, live vocals and at least one instrument.  I remain impressed by Hebden’s ability to pull everything together, but I think I prefer a livelier concert experience.

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Four Tet was prefaced by two support acts, the first of which was Seattle’s own eR DoN/Robert Nelson.  Flanked by Truckasauras’ Tyler Swan on the drums, Nelson’s intricate mixes created a winning formula to get people moving on the dance floor.  I will definitely be investigating his releases!

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Second up to the plate was Nathan Fake, also hailing from the UK.  Fake released an album last year titled Hard Islands, and he too proved popular with the crowd – I definitely felt the floor get a little more packed during his immense set!

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You can view more photos here.

By Nicky Andrews

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  1. I was at that show and I think the fact that it was Four Tet and his laptop made it all the better. I hear what you are saying about more can be better, but I really think his brand of Intelligent Dance Music has an accent on ‘intelligent’.
    I was entranced with his thoughtful composition and masterful foreplay to his heavier bass/beats.
    Everyone in the crowd was cheering and yelling for more at the end of his set and many an inspired whoop came from the crowd during his performance.
    I think his set at Chop Suey created more motion than the other two sets, but the motion was mainly internal.

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