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Madlib and Four Tet share collaborative album lead single "Road Of The Lonely Ones"

14 December 2020, 14:23 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Madlib and Four Tet have released "Road Of The Lonely Ones" as the lead single from their forthcoming album Sound Ancestors.

Yesterday (13 December) Four Tet, aka Kieran Hebden, announced Sound Ancestors, Madlib's new collaborative album with Hebden.

Today (14 December) the first single from Sound Ancestors has been unveiled - the smooth "Road Of The Lonely Ones" - premiered by Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC 6 Music earlier today.

The album will be released under Madlib's name, but Hebden arranged, edited, and manipulated the tracks.

Hebden wrote on Instagram, "A few months ago I completed work on an album with my friend Madlib that we’d been making for the last few years. He is always making loads of music in all sorts of styles and I was listening to some of his new beats and studio sessions when I had the idea that it would be great to hear some of these ideas made into a Madlib solo album. Not made into beats for vocalists to use but instead arranged into tracks that could all flow together in an album designed to be listened to start to finish."

"I put this concept to him when we were hanging out eating some nice food one day and we decided to work on this together with him sending me tracks, loops, ideas and experiments that I would arrange, edit, manipulate and combine," Four Tet continued. "I was sent hundreds of pieces of music over a couple of years stretch and during that time I put together this album with all the parts that fitted with my vision."

Last Friday (11 December) Four Tet, Thom Yorke and Burial made their new double a-side single "Her Revolution" and "His Rope" available on streaming services.

Four Tet and Madlib's "Road Of The Lonely Ones" track is out now. Madlib's Sound Ancestors album is due for release in January 2021.
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