This is not an easy record, and many Four Tet fans will be disappointed. But its important to note that there were signs on Everything Ecstatic that Kieran Hebden was thinking about taking his music into a darker, more rhythmic and less song-based directions. But this album is a bigger step away than I thought it would be. I must admit, I was unsure on the first couple of plays. But I stuck with it, and I’m glad I did. I had the same great experiences I had with Sun Ra, and more recently with Aphex Twin and Squarepusher – the more you listen to it, the more familiar you are with the music, you begin to realise what's going on and the structure behind the rigorous experimentation. It’s essentially dark, rhythmic, tribal, electronic free jazz. If that floats your boat, you should give it a try. If not, it might give you nightmares. Through perseverance you will find reward. Bring on Vol. 2.