Four Tet, Nate Manic | Smart Bar | Dance | Chicago Reader
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Four Tet, Nate Manic 

When: Thu., May 16, 10 p.m. 2013
Price: $13, $10 before midnight, $5 before 11 PM with Facebook RSVP or student ID
In the decade and a half that Kieran Hebden has been recording as Four Tet, he’s released six albums and a thick stack of singles whose structural ingenuity and careful sonic craftsmanship have had a very real impact on modern electronic music—both directly and in the form of his influence on artists such as Thom Yorke. In his work as a DJ, Hebden exercises the same ability to synthesize ideas from “intelligent” dance music with the broadly appealing grooves to which people actually dance—spinning records and making mixes might look like a side hustle for him, but in many ways it’s as essential as his original material. His 2011 mix album FabricLive.59—created for tastemaking London club/label Fabric—is a dark, bass-heavy collage of abstract beats, revivalist two-step, and field recordings of club crowds. On headphones it makes the perfect soundtrack for solo nocturnal wanderings, but at sufficient volume it bangs hard, albeit in a slightly mannered way. Odds are good that Hebden’s DJ set tonight will include some of his recent work, including a remix of Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” and a track he produced for dance-floor queen Neneh Cherry. —Miles Raymer Nate Manic opens.



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