Before the legendary New York jazz drummer Steve Reid passed away in 2010, Kieran Hebden (bka Four Tet) collaborated with him on a variety of projects. They released three albums — Tongues (2007), NYC (2008), and the posthumous Live At The South Bank (2011) — and at one point covered the Detroit-based producer Derrick May’s seminal techno single “Strings Of Life.” The cover was first heard on a Reid tribute podcast hosted by Gilles Peterson, and today, Hebden formally releases the track. “Strings Of Life” will be pressed in a limited run of 525 and will include another collaborative track, “Tongues,” and as Four Tet mentioned on Twitter, the record is titled TEXT035. All of the proceeds will go to the Steve Reid Foundation, an organization started by Gilles Peterson that raises money to support struggling musicians with health problems. Listen to Reid and Hebden cover “Strings Of Life” below.
TEXT035 is out soon via Marta Dos Santos.