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Dreamfear / Boy Sent From Above

    XL Recordings announce Burial’s ‘Dreamfear’ /‘Boy Sent From Above’ single. 

    Available to independent retailers on 12” vinyl in a remixed XL housebag


    Matt says: Shadow lurking bass music pioneer Burial returns with two more idiosyncratic pieces of bleak futurism and dystopian escapism. Expanding on the arrangement style explored in more recent releases, he still adds fragments of the hardcore continuum into the mix - making it distinctly identifiable as the producer's work. Another masterpiece.


    1. Dreamfear
    2. Boy Sent From Above

    Kode9 & Burial

    Infirmary / Unknown Summer

      Kode9 and Burial return to the fabric fold with brand new exclusive music on a split 12" single landing in stores 21st July 2023 via fabric Originals. The project succeeds the duo’s 2018 joint contribution to the historic mix series – picked as the final FABRICLIVE release to round off the 200-strong mixed comp series.

      The 140g 12” comes in both limited edition and standard black vinyl versions. The former is clear vinyl with a special black embossed foil fabric logo detail in the outer-sleeve logo design.

      Both versions feature a bespoke 3D design encapsulating the fabric logo printed on reverse board on heavyweight card - a special one-off product to showcase the very best in electronic music. fabric Originals is a record label from Farringdon nightlife institution fabric, launched in September 2022.


      Matt says: UK stalwarts Kode 9 and Burial offer up a double A side for Fabric Worldwide. Kode 9 blending jazz and glitch into a disorientating blitzkrieg while Burial continues to explore the dissociative Skyrim metaverse with his stop-start ambient storytelling.


      A. Kode9 - Infirmary
      AA. Burial - Unknown Summer



        Burial follows up the bleak and desolate "Antidawn", with more shimmering emptiness from the event horizon. The sublime three-track EP "Streetlands". Like being alone in an abandoned lost city long after humans have been made nearly extinct from Earth. I imagine it'd make amazing music for The Walking Dead video game. Or like I said about "Antidawn" - it continues the theme of 'walking through Skyrim loaded up on dissociatives. More brilliance from the master. 


        Matt says: Burial follows up the bleak and desolate "Antidawn", with more shimmering emptiness from the event horizon.


        A1. Hospital Chapel (7:59)
        A2. Streetlands (14:15)
        B. Exokind (12:13)

        "Antidawn" marks the return of Burial - our nation's beloved shadow dweller, emo-garage innovator and cultishly adored bass producer. After nearly 2 decades unravelling the mystery - with countless breakdowns, assessments and even dissertations written about how the artist composes and records his music - William Bevan had decided it's time for a further redux.

        Reducing the sound to just vapours, the record 'explores an interzone between dislocated, patchwork songwriting and eerie, open-world game-space ambience', which perfectly puts into context what you have in front of you. Like walking through Skyrim's metaverse loaded up on dissociatives  and ketamine, there's no real linear structure to the album. As usual, snips, sounds and textures take precedent, but it's the silences and the spaces BETWEEN the snips that Burial has really emphasized on "Antidawn". There's a movement created with sparseness - a change of feeling; a beckoning towards the light through tense and dark realms.

        Encapsulated in a frozen, urban Winter; there's movements of painful sadness, juxtaposed between bursts of radioactive warmth as whispers of forgotten angels drift in on FM radio interference. It's quintessential Burial - crackles n static n all - but occupying a space that couldn't be further from the dancefloor. If his more recent 12"s have hinted at this wandering, non-linear, long-walk-home approach then on "Antidawn" we're lost & abandoned in the multidimensional realities of the present; with little reassurance that 'everything’s going to be ok'...

        It's as breathtaking and awe-inspiring as you'd expect from the UK demigod yet brittle, fragile, constricted and smothered in darkness. It's really nice to see him explore these realms and while thousands of his online bloggers and trolls will no doubt have countless critiques on his development; I for one am well on board.


        Matt says: Burial heads even further down the cold, long & lonely road into almost pure isolation. Like walking through Skyrim's metaverse loaded up on dissociatives it's a completely transportive, if fragile and desolate listen.


        A1. Strange Neighbourhood [11:04]
        A2. Antidawn [08:43]

        B1. Shadow Paradise [10:20]
        B2. New Love [07:13]
        B3. Upstairs Flat [06:07]


        Chemz / Dolphinz

        "Chemz" is hooky, rushy and loved-up - both an unhinged premonition of unleashed post-pandemic joy, and a demonic flashback to past ecstasies in a hardcore style perfected in the UK. "Chemz" is a 12-minute rave monster that has ingested several tracks and incorporated them into its distended body. At the other end of the Burial bi-polar spectrum, "Dolphinz" is a desolate oceanic love letter to our underwater friends.


        Matt says: Still languishing comfortably in a decade-n-a-half long purple patch; Mr. Beven's faultless formula returns to Hyperdub. "Chemz" is up there with some of his most anthemic offerings to date; an endorphine-jacking hit of skewed 2-step littered with rave idents and possibly the catchiest garage hook of the last century! Literally unmissable. DO NOT SLEEP.


        A. Chemz [12:31]
        B. Dolphinz [09:03]

        Phwwwwooar! This is a bit of alright! Blackdown and Burial, joined by Heatmap for a four (count em!) track EP of unfathomable fresh, future musica!

        Keysound label head Blackdown gets us underway with a wild barrage of drum machines, strings, phazed atmos and ghosted vox with his track "This Journey VIP". London's cloaked, emo-garage antihero hits next, dropping two tracks of his iconic, smudged, two step hybrid he's singularly promoted over his near-20 year dominance of the UK underground. I guess calling this megastar 'underground' in 2021 is pushing it a bit, but no one can deny Mr. Bevan has stuck firmly to his remit without ever compromising his truly original style. Anyway, lovers of his pioneering sound won't be disappointed, "Dark Gethsemane" sticks to his classic formular of coke-can drums, skitty rhythms and pitch-bent angel vox. Much like "Clausto", it has an interlude bit in the middle which drops into an even more euphoric climax towards the end, united the global optimistis with a message of love. 

        Side B sees Heatmap remixed by Blackdown; "Arklight" transformed into a laser-guided beast destined for the big stages with its big wobbly bass, incessant hand claps and space-age arps. Finally, Burial completes proceedings with "Space Cadet" - a skeletal and moody number filled with hushed whispers, enchanted harps and crackles of static - again morphing into a rush of endorphins and good vibes towards the end.

        Full marks all around. Limited copies - be quick! 


        1. Blackdown - This Journey VIP
        2. Burial - Dark Gethsemane
        3. Heatmap - Arklight (Blackdown Remix)
        4. Burial - Space Cadet

        Burial / Four Tet / Thom Yorke

        Her Revolution / His Rope

          Nine years since their first collaboration, the three modern musical monoliths, Burial, Thom Yorke and Four Tet return for another spellbound session. Conjuring up two tracks of rainy day, dreamstate melancholia that seemed perfectly suited to the drugery of lockdown whence it was first released.

          Thom Yorke's vocals are stunning, yet subtley blended with a kind of fractal haze, reflecting Four Tet grasp of soundscapes while Burial's hushed ghostly whispers also reflect the kinda decayed urban dystopia the producer has singlehanded produced over his career.

          Downtempo and understated, they're highly emotive tracks that challenge your perceptions of how a track should make you feel and behave.



          Her Revolution
          His Rope


          Tunes 2011 - 2019

            Topping off Hyperdub's 15th year, Burial selects 'tunes’ from the last eight years of his EP releases on the label, for this very welcome two CD collection.

            Sequenced by Burial, ‘Tunes 2011-2019’ shows the depth and brilliance of his post-‘Untrue’ development; from long, twisting, collage works which travel through unexpected zones, to a more pointed, poppier side, and back again to the haunted, open horizons of his beatless pieces.

            We hope this collection of Burial's work is familiar, yet unfamiliar, to each listener.

            17 tracks across 150 minutes, all previously released, six being available on CD for the first time.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Barry says: Though his albums have possibly garnered the most adoration than anything else, Burial's post-LP outings have been an absolute rollercoaster of unbelievable groove and unrivalled ingenuity. For those of you that didn't snag the EP's, or if you're a CD buyer, 'Tunes' is absolutely essential.

            TRACK LISTING

            DISC 1

            01. State Forest
            02. Beachfires
            03. Subtemple
            04. Young Death
            05. Nightmarket
            06. Hiders
            07. Come Down To Us
            08. Claustro
            09. Rival Dealer

            DISC 2

            01. Kindred
            02. Loner
            03. Ashtray Wasp
            04. Rough Sleeper
            05. Truant
            06. Street Halo
            07. Stolen Dog
            08. NYC

            It's always an exciting time when Burial drops a new single, and this one features his long term friend, cohort and, really, if you think about it, the person responsible for bringing the skills of this enigmatic Londoner to our ears: Kode 9. If it wasn't for Steve Goodman's inspired A&R work way back in 2005 then who knows if this self-confessed recluse's body of work would have ever seen the light of day. A symbiotic relationship between label and artist, pretty much all Burial's solo work has been reserved for Hyperdub, with just a few mixes and collabs sneaking onto other outlets. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this is the first time since 2009 that the label head (not to mention author of Sonic Warfare) has remixed one of the most cultishly adored people in bass music - making this new 10" one hell of a coup! Burial's side continues to push the depths of deep UKG, rolling out one of his idiosyncratic shuffles to a fiery angelic mellodyne'd vox - classic Burial if you will then, but fresh and brand new and guaranteed to please. Kode 9 opts to set a new gold standard for the footwork / 150BPM genre, displaying a rhythmic prowess and beat construction that rivals anything from the trap genre with some of the most advanced synthesis (I'd you'd expect) passages to boot. As essential as it gets then. 

            TRACK LISTING

            A. Rodent 04:25 120bpm

            B. Rodent [Kode9 Remix] 04:41 150bpm



            Burial returns with "Untrue", a new record of weird soul music, which lovingly processes spectral female voices into vaporised R&B and smudged 2step garage. Vocal lines are blurred, smeared, pitched up, pitched down and pitch bent until their content is cast adrift from their original context and they whisper their saccharin sweet nothings into the void. The album continues with crackle-drenched yearning and bustling syncopations, haunted by the ghosts of rave, but also reveals some new Burial treats with a more glowing, upbeat energy. Where "Burial" first was humid, suffocating and unrelentingly sad, "Untrue" is less sunless. Many of the tracks are so sweet, they become toxic, underscored by the almost geological rumbles of growling basslines. Unlike the overpoweringly melancholic prevailing mood of before, Burial's sound is now better defined as a downcast euphoria. Forget central heating, the radioactivity of this album is all that you'll need to keep you warm this winter.

            TRACK LISTING

            Archangel 3:57
            Near Dark 3:52
            Homeless 5:20
            Shell Of Light 4:39
            Raver 4:57
            Etched Headplate 5:58
            Untrue 6:15
            UK 1:41
            Endorphin 2:58



            London's Burial issues this belated overview of his career to date on Hyperdub, including the definitive "Spaceape" and other formative dubstep and grime highlights. It encompasses the myriad of styles which have followed and continue to manifest themselves after UK garages's implosion. Universally acclaimed as one of the best, most ground-breaking releases of 2006.

            TRACK LISTING

            Untitled 0:36
            Distant Lights 5:26
            Spaceape 4:02
            Wounder 4:52
            Night Bus 2:20
            Southern Comfort 5:02
            U Hurt Me 5:23
            Gutted 4:43
            Forgive 3:07
            Broken Home 5:05
            Prayer 3:46
            Pirates 6:10
            Untitled 0:55

            Burial Year


              Driven by the same ravenous hate and bloodthirsty brutality of Discordance Axis and Assuck, Burial Year are paving a new path straight through the filthy depths of today's decaying hardcore and metal compost pile. A combination of hardcore mentality and metal brutality.

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