Yes, "There Is Love In You" is considered an electronic album, but this is not really dance music. It is hard to pigeonhole Four Tet into a particular genre of electronic music to begin with. On his first studio album since 2005's "Everything Ecstatic", Kieran Hebden concocts a mix of ambient and techno, throws in the occasional hip-hop beat and adds plenty of live instrumentation in to make for an always interesting listen.
There are danceable moments on the album, but the nine tracks that make up "There Is Love In You" go through movements and run the gamut of influences and genres within electronic music. If you're a fan of this type of music, it is far from a "difficult" listen, however.
Opener "Angel Echoes" is an ethereal wonder, with chopped up vocal samples that appear to be repeating the album title at times. Or are they? Meanwhile a simple beat plods along while shiny keyboard sounds and bell effects chime in. The album's longest track, the over nine minute long "Love Cry" has a funky drum loop running throughout, while a sample of "Love Cry" repeats over the minimal techno track.
"Circling" is a soothing mix of keyboards, looped harp effects and ambient sounds to make up one of the more relaxing tracks on the album. "Plastic People" has a heavier, harder beat with a memorable keyboard line that repeats often enough to become ingrained in your head.
The highlight here is "Sing", as close as you'll get to a legit dance-floor track here. Complete with another memorable synth line, sampled female vocals and a club friendly beat. This one reminds me of the techno the Electrifying Mojo would spin back in the day on Detroit radio that first endeared me to this form of music.
One of the things I like best about Four Tet's music is the mixing of the electronic with live instrumentation, and the wide swath of the musical spectrum he draws from. If you've been looking for something different from the mainstream in the genre, check out "There Is Love In You". It may have flown under the radar a bit, but it's one of 2010's better electronic music releases.
"There Is Love In You" was released in the U.S. January 25, 2010 on Domino Records.