Dance music pioneer Four Tet has inked a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group. This partnership arrives on the heels of an ongoing legal dispute with his record label Domino Recordings.
“Four Tet has soundtracked my life from GCSE revision to dance floors at university and now I get the pleasure to work with him,” Universal Music Publishing Group’s A&R director Pete Simmons told Pitchfork. “I’m honoured to represent a catalogue that means so much to not just me but the whole of UMPG. Looking forward to working with Kieran, Carol, and the wider Solar team. Special thanks to Amy Samson for making the initial introduction.”
After signing a deal in 2001 with Domino Recordings, Four Tet released three albums with the label: Pause, Rounds, and Everything Ecstatic. They have since removed them from streaming services because of a contract dispute. Four Tet is claiming that he’s entitled to 50% of the streaming royalties for these albums but has only received 18% from Domino.
According to Music Week, a clause in the contract reads, “In respect of records sold in new technology formats other than vinyl, compact discs, and analogue tape cassettes the royalty rate shall be 75% of of the otherwise applicable rate.”