Four Tet - Low End Theory - 12/21/11
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Let's face it: straight vinyl DJ sets can either be delight or disaster. With seasoned professional Four Tet taking the reigns at Low End Theory last night, however, there was no cause for concern. The veteran producer has been performing experimental DJ sets for years at the Plastic People club in London, introducing new talent from his TEXT label, testing out his own new tracks, and learning to successfully read the room on his own terms.
After the release of his highly regarded last album There Is Love In You, Four Tet performed all over the globe in 2010, including a sold-out show at the Music Box -- which is at least 10 times bigger than Low End Theory. So at 45 minute set there -- which is basically the American equivalent of Plastic People -- would seem like no sweat.
For a DJ with such stature and international acclaim, he seemed genuinely excited to do the set; he even wore a childish grin, as if to ride a rollercoaster for the first time. Having flown in from New York just for the performance, he almost seemed trying to prove something to the Ghostly-loving beatheads straggling out to Lincoln Heights.
After Daddy Kev's short set -- containing a new Flying Lotus track and a promethazine prelude courtesy of ASAP Rocky's "Trilla" -- Nocando laid down one of his sensational freestyles and introduced the headliner. To the surprise of many, he began pulling out vinyl and started off with a track from Guilty Simpson and some dusty funk classics. He then stepped things up with a stomping cut from house-revivalist Floating Points. The crowd responded immediately.