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KIERAN HEBDEN & STEVE REID
The Exchange Session Vol. 1

WIGCD169
Domino Recording Company 2006
03 Tracks. 36mins45secs

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Much has changed for Kieran Hebden since his humble beginning as one third of experimental avant-rock outfit Fridge, a band he formed with fellow college friends Sam Jeffers and Adem Ilhan ten years ago. While his first solo excursions as Four Tet, including the seminal Thirtysixtwentyfive EP and Dialogue album for Output Recordings, were only the expression of a side project, the main focus remaining on Fridge, Hebden’s second solo album, Pause, released in 2000, propelled him to a new level, and, while a further album with Fridge was released in 2001, the Four Tet imprint has become almost ubiquitous, with Hebden touring relentlessly, providing remixes for artist as diverse as Radiohead, The Cinematic Orchestra, David Holmes, Aphex Twin, Badly Drawn Boy or Doves, and recording two more albums in three years.

Teaming up with legendary jazz drummer and percussionist Steve Reid happened by accident. Having worked with the likes of Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Fela Kuti, Miles Davis, James Brown, Sun Ran, Charles Tyler and countless others, collaborating with other musicians is part of the essence of Reid’s work, but his solo work remains the most visible part of his career. Hebden and Reid met a year ago in a studio and, following a first jam session, decided to play live together for the first time, in Paris. A second concert, in London and a BBC session for Giles Paterson’s BBC Radio 1 followed before the pair entered the Exchange studio in London and began documenting the fruit of their collaborative effort. Although the original plan was to record and edit their session into one album, the project rapidly turned into a diptych, with the first volume released now and the second due out later this summer.

The pitfalls of such a rapidly assembled project are numerous, and this first album does quite manage to avoid them all, yet, there is an undeniable connection between Reid’s visceral drumming and Hebden’s evocative electronics. Recorded live and presented in its naked form, with no overdub, this first volume provides a candid insight into the original recording session and the genesis of this collaboration. The rhythmic aspect of Hebden’s solo work provides a solid backbone for his music, yet he is not in charge here. With Reid clearly leading the way, Hebden appears to sometimes lack the necessary thrust to totally keep up, but he accepts the challenges that Reid inexorably throws at him and actually manages to corner the drummer a couple of times, and these imperfections actually add a particular grain to the recording.

Of the three tracks presented here, the shortest, Morning Prayer, which opens, is probably the most straightforward and accessible. While an underlying drone makes its ways through Reid’s increasingly prominent drumming, Hebden dismantles an intricate assemblage of various electronics and glitches and spreads it at Reid’s feet. The layers of sound and noises appear to get denser as the record progresses, as if, gaining in confidence, the pair were increasingly daring each other. Soul Oscillations is a more complex construction, and suffers from slight overindulgence in its middle section, when the pair veer into a chaotic sonic tug of war for an instant, each trying to gain control of the piece. It all falls back into place eventually and the improvisation becomes once again a constant exchange of ideas and processes. Electricity & Drum Will Change Your Mind continues on the same challenging streak as Reid revitalises Hebden’s now common shimmering electronics while Kieran comes out once more of his safety zone to pull out an impressive range of tricks.

If the journey through this album is anything to go by, one can expect a more radical and testing second half. This first volume firmly asserts the partnership between Reid and Hebden, and although Reid is undeniably the more strong-minded of the two, Hebden, pushed to dig deep within himself, drags some admirable moments here and comfortably rises to the challenge.

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TRACKLIST

Morning Prayer
Soul Oscillations
Electricity & Drum Will Change Your Mind

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