Jazz music is often cited as a strong influence on Hebden's polyglot style—it's clearly there in the shuffling, pitched-down drums he favors. I'd argue that jazz has colored Hebden's mixing skills as well—you can find something akin to the syncopations of jazz rhythms in the nimble gait that Hebden adopts in skirting from one track to the next: see particularly the bold entrance that the aggressive beats from Youngstar's "Pulse X" make towards the end of KH's romantically moody "101112": they elbow their way to the front, the bass pound interrupting the last tune's shadowy make-out session. And check how "Angie's Fucked," a compelling oddity from 2001, explodes with a minor whirlwind of buzzing noises that sounds like a miniature rave happening on the inside of a dial-up modem, only to get swallowed in the spectral murk of Burial's "Street Halo."
It's furthermore nice to see an artist like Four Tet adopt the challenge of restraining his versatility: don't forget that this is a guy whose DJ Kicks mix included Curtis Mayfield, Akufen and Animal Collective. Here Hebden's natural eclecticism is nicely tempered by the demands of the floor. The majority of Hebden's mix derives from garage and 2-step, those intertwined, predominantly turn-of-the-century UK subgenres that took junglist drum patterns and melted them down into spare, often haunting, R&B-laced tunes that while fairly speedy at 130-ish BPMs could still feel atmospheric and chilled out. The steps from 2-step to dubstep are fairly easy to follow considering how snug tunes from the late '90s like the white-label only Active Minds' "Hobson's Choice" sit here alongside more contemporary fare like STL's "Dark Energy."
Hebden saves one of the big banger moments for himself, which he builds up to with some straight up house from Ricardo Villalobos. With its hypnotic vocal loop and jacked beats, the mix-exclusive "Pyramid" sounds like a raved-up version of tunes like "Love Cry" and "Angel Echoes" from There Is Love In You. And he's gone and placed another Four Tet tune after the Outro, which clearly sounds like you're exiting the club and are back on the streets near Farringdon station, so I'm guessing with its lullaby keys and mellow vibe "Locked" is supposed to sing you to sleep after a greasy street breakfast sometime Sunday afternoon.