When Four Tet began his “Conference of the Birds” mix with a then-unknown track combining unrestrained percussion and African chants, people were clamoring to figure out what it was. The buzz only escalated when Joy Orbison used it in his Resident Advisor mix and Daphni employed it during his Boiler Room set just a week later. Much to everyone’s delight, Hebden revealed the mysterious track for streaming. “The Track I’ve Been Playing That People Keep Asking About and That Joy Used in His RA Mix and Daphni Played on Boiler Room” may come off as a lazily humorous title for a piece of music, but perhaps it speaks more to how we engage with dance music in 2013. Via Passion Of The Weiss:
Which brings me to the latest single from Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet. Its title – “The Track I’ve Been Playing That People Keep Asking About and That Joy Used in His RA Mix and Daphni Played on Boiler Room” – is overlong but apt. It’s a cheeky comment on how new tracks are experienced in 2013. It goes something like this: DJ gets laced with new, as-yet-unreleased tune, DJ uses tune in widely-circulated mix, listeners foam at mouths trying to identify tune, tune is eventually titled and released. This is actually not so different from how songs spread in, say, 1993.