Published Dec 14, 2020The ever-busy Madlib always has some surprises up his sleeve, and we recently learned that among them is a new collaborative album with Four Tet. Today, details on the collaboration have been revealed, as well as the new song "Road of the Lonely Ones."
The album is called Madlib - Sound Ancestors, and it serves as a Madlib solo album that was assembled by Four Tet's Kieran Hebden.
Here's how Hebden explained the record via an Instagram post this weekend:
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. 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.
"Road of the Lonely Ones" is the first single from the album, which will arrive in full next month. You can hear the track below.
Meanwhile, Madlib also has an album in the works with Karriem Riggins while Kieran Hebden recently released two new tunes with Thom Yorke and Burial.