Sound Ancestors is arranged, edited, and mastered, by Four Tet.
Clocking in at 16 tracks, the album is a proper showcase of the producer’s expansive crates, pulling from a broad set of source material including spiritual jazz, funk-fueled afro-beat, psyche rock, and slinky limited-run soul. The album was announced in mid-December with the release of the lead single, “Road of The Lonely Ones,” which stitches together a pair of songs by Philly soul outfit, The Ethics. And in the weeks since, two more singles, “Hopprock” and “Dirtknock,” have arrived.
The premise for Sound Ancestors is a simple one: Four Tet culls hundreds of beats and sketches sent to him by Madlib, editing and arranging them into a fluid solo-ish album from The Beat Konducta. The UK producer also mastered the album. Four Tet previously remixed a handful of tracks from Madvillainy, releasing a short EP of his edits via Stones Throw in 2005. In a profile on the project from The New York Times, Madlib announced Sound Ancestors was only the beginning of his 2021 slate, intending to release an album-per month on his Madlib Invazion imprint. Other projects have yet to be announced.
Sound Ancestors was initially offered in a range of limited edition colored vinyl packages via Rappcats, including a standard black wax edition. But those went quick and are currently sold out. However, the standard edition is currently available to pre-order via Okayplayer’s Shop. Orders are expected to begin shipping out at the beginning on March 5th, 2021. Reserve your copy today.
Stream Madlib and Four Tet’s new album, Sound Ancestors, below and hold tight for updates on the remaining docket of Madlib releases in the weeks and months ahead.