Four Tet, "Love Cry"
Almost five years after his last full-length release, English avant-hip-hop trailblazer Kieran Hebden is set to return in 2010 with "There Is Love in You." Those looking for more of the caustic angularity on 2005's "Everything Ecstatic" will be shocked at the directness of Hebden's new single. A nine-minute trance-out, "Love Cry" harbors some of the artist's most accessible, danceable grooves to date. The song takes a cue from "Moth/ Wolf Cub," his collaborative 12-inch with dubstep artist Burial from earlier this year. As its midtempo groove steadily heats up without boiling over, cooing female vocals repeat the song's title and house-style synths weave in and out of the periphery, with a hint of signature weirdness thrown in for the fanboys. "Love Cry" is thinking person's dance music at its finest.-Ron Hart