FOUR TET: Ringer [Domino]

Four Tet is usually all about addition, juxtaposition and harmonious collision of potentially incompatible elements. This half-hour EP feels like a corrective move, as though Kieran Hebden felt a sudden need to make music that was just one thing. So Ringer’s percolating title track is a stripped-down, totally electronic groove, while “Ribbons” is dreamy desktop dub; they’re solid, but they leave you wanting more. The other two tracks, “Swimmer” and “Wing Body Wing,” swing the pendulum back by making sampled guitar harmonics dance with a techno pulse and sampled jazz drumming slam into stadium synth rock. With Four Tet, more is generally more. []

—Bill Meyer