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Burial releases two new tracks on Nonplus, and consequently they're falling more on the side of fast and clubby than the moody and ambient numbers he's been saving for Hyperdub. Just in case anyone didn't know, it's ten years since the release of "Untrue", which many are calling the most important electronic album of the last decade, and current interest in Burial is as voracious as ever. "Pre Dawn" sees the South London pioneer drop a full throttle techno bomb but executed in his totally idiosyncratic style. Vast enough for the bigger stages but moody enough to rock a backroom, it's undeniably Burial through and through and sees a cavernous kick rocket ghostly melodies into the air whilst grating, tearing washes of sound drift over the mix. "Indoors" drops the shoulder into more familiar territory, but it's still frantic and fast paced as an incomprehensible (female?) vox penetrates unceremoniously through a slew of pitch black fog and scorched electronics. One of Burial's most fierce and out-there productions to date; bold, uncompromising and challenging; Burial die-hards are gonna fall for this big time...
Matt says: It's hard to ignore Burial at the moment, as "Untrue" celebrates its tenth anniversary. With many touting it to be the most important electronic album of the last decade, it's nice to see Bevan keeping his adoring fans happy and dropping a brand new double header, rich in his pitch black, ghostly style. Impressive.
A. Pre Dawn