Four Tet recruits Ellie Goulding for his new single, “Baby”

    The producer’s new album, ‘Sixteen Oceans,’ is out in March.

    Four Tet performing at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2013
    Four Tet. Image: FilmMagic via Getty Images

    Four Tet has recruited pop singer Ellie Goulding to sing on his latest single, “Baby.”

    The British producer—real name Kieran Hebden—chops Goulding’s vocal contributions up over a bouncing beat. The track is yet another exciting taste of his next album, Sixteen Oceans, a title that Hebden only recently confirmed on social media in a photograph of a post-it. According to the post, Sixteen Oceans is due out March and will be 16 tracks long. It will also include the track “Teenage Birdsong,” which was released last April.

    As for what Sixteen Oceans might be about, look to an interview Hebden did with The Quietus in 2017. “A lot of what I do is informed by things going on in the world,” the producer said then. “I remember I had a record come out in 2010 that was influenced by what it’s like to experience a night out, clubbing, ideas about escapism… concepts like that just don’t cut it for me right now. It’s impossible not to make a record that is heavily influenced by my experiences and reactions to politics, climate change and all the big issues going on right now.”

    Hebden has yet to announce a specific date in March for Sixteen Oceans’ release or plans to tour the record. It will be his first album since 2017’s New Energy.

    Listen to “Baby” here: