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"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.


STAFF COMMENTS

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.

TRACK LISTING

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

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

Burial

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.

STAFF COMMENTS

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.

TRACK LISTING

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! 






TRACK LISTING

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.

*LIMITED REPRESS - MOVE QUICK!*


TRACK LISTING

Her Revolution
His Rope

Flame 2 (The Bug And Burial)

Dive / Rain

Call the riot police! - The Bug and Burial return as Flame 2, on The Bug's Pressure imprint....!

Certain to cause a stampede quicker than Black Friday in Wynthenshaw Aldi, the two tracks here a thick with blackened tar; dripping with sonic ooze and posessed by the haunted spirits of London's desolated late night streets, alleys and tube stations.


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: UK bass & garage demigods Burial & The Bug collaborate for a pitch black excursion into 5-D textures, claustrophic atmospheres and paranoid suspension. Hydraulic pistons on one side, solar winds and urban crackle on the other. Magnificent.

TRACK LISTING

A: Dive
B: Rain

Burial

Claustro / State Forest

Ok chaps and chapettes, new Burial here for you to get your filphy mits an ears around...!

"Claustro" occupies side A and sees Burial's formula given an urgent update. There's a killer female vocal hook, fast paced n skitty garage beats (thoroughly Burialized with hiss and coke can pops as always...) plus some nice bass plumes, ravey hoover lines and a kinda ascending / descending, slightly computer game vibe to the mid-range riff. Gotta make it to the end on this bad boi too - there's a killer switch around to see off the last 32 bars or so.

It's destined for repeat plays across the radio networks and cutting edge club nights but there's nothing better than a Kode9-approved, 180g wax pressing to bring out all those gritty details and smash outta your bedroom window for all the neighbours to enjoy!

B side track, "State Forest" is an ambient atmosphere, nicely constructed and full of some very interesting, bleak soundscapes; but you'll be disappointed if you're looking for another club banger to compete the package. Thankfully, that A-side track absolutely slays it, so you won't feel hard done by forking out eight quid. It's also nice to see the producer confident and inspired as ever. We heart Burial! 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Urgent, endorphin-rushing greatness from the UK master. "Claustro" is hooky enough to get repeat radio plays, but deadly enough to soundtrack that peak moment of release in any club environment. He's still got it!

Barry says: There's never a reason not to order a new Burial record on sight, and this one will almost certainly fly like the rest. Get on it.

TRACK LISTING

A. Claustro 
B. State Forest

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

Young Death / Nightmarket

Finally, time for a brand new solo effort from the shadowy producer, Burial.  'Young Death' sees a warped vocal cut smeared atop atmospheric drones before launching skyward into an airy and euphoric arpeggiated synth riff. Swirling chimes and sliced loops melt into a warm bath of celestial drones and crackling faded polaroid memories. 

'Nightmarket' takes the arpeggio route, but in a more instantly noticeable way. Opening with an uncompromised broken-chord rise and then abstracting that into darkened corners. Faded covertly into juddering drone and grown organically into slowed-down chordal bliss. Ambient passages intersperse with assured but physically fragile solar-flare lights before launching into a bout of retro-futuristic dusty hardware jet-stream shimmers. 

As stylistically contrary as you would ever expect from Burial, but without losing any of the post-everything charm.  A classic. 



TRACK LISTING

1. Young Death

2. Nightmarket

ARBORIST will release their debut album Home Burial on Kirkiriola Records. Mark McCambridge played his first show as ARBORIST in 2014 supporting James Yorkston. A solo tour of Ireland followed before impressive performances led to notable support slots alongside Low, Cat Power, Echo and The Bunnymen and Guy Garvey. 2015 saw the release of Twisted Arrow, the debut single by ARBORIST. A nonchalant and thoughtful piece of Americana, conceived in Belfast, it features the casual yet unmistakeable tones of KIM DEAL. It premiered on Stereogum and The Line of Best Fit (who described it as; “soaked in country-western hallmarks and nuanced flecks of The Decemberists"), and had extensive play on BBC 6Music. It was also featured in The Guardian Guide’s tracks of the week who described it as; “…not unlike a vexed, downcast version of The Breeders' country chug on 'Drivin on 9'. 

TRACK LISTING

1 A Crow
2 Dark Stream
3 A Man Of My Age
4 I Heard Him Leaving
5 Rules Of The Burial
6 The Force Of Her Will
7 Twisted Arrow (feat Kim Deal)
8 Incalculable Things
9 The Broken Light
10 The Master
11 A Fisherman

Burial

Kindred EP

Almost a year on from his much-hyped "Street Halo" EP, Burial is back with another slab of wax that's had the blogosphere going into overdrive. Featuring three new tracks pressed on high grade 180g vinyl for optimum sound reproduction, and running beyond 30 minutes, the ‘Kindred EP’ is an ambitious work that pushes further into the unique musical territory Burial occupies.

Title track "Kindred" traces its lineage back through Burial's own "Untrue" LP to early, minimal 2-step vibes. More meths than Cristal, Burial's take on the skipping, 90s UKG sound involves layers of interference, angelic soulful vocals, grinding bass and blissful synth washes. "Loner" goes for a 4/4 funky house groove, but with all sounds submerged into a dense fog. Lastly, "Ashtray Wasp" goes for the bassline sound - although I doubt you'll be hearing this on a Niche Pack (Google it) anytime soon. With a triple 'A' rating for atmosphere, all three tracks are a must for Burial fans.

TRACK LISTING

A. Kindred
B1. Loner
B2. Ashtray Wasp

Burial

Street Halo

Hot on the heels of his collaboration with Four Tet and Thom Yorke, Burial drops this solo 12" - his first in four years! Title track "Street Halo" sounds like 1990s speed garage (the bass-heavy, 4/4 end of UKG), but filtered through Burial's unique sound vision. Intricate, crackly (fear not, it's a deliberate atmospheric rather than any kind of pressing fault) and dream like, the track's rhythm moves along at a fair pace, while the melody and frail vocal seem to drift along on the ether. A beauty. "NYC" is even more fragile, with a sepia-tinted 2-step rhythm underpinning more retro crackle and a sped-up vocal - it's like Autotuned R&B for the 22nd Century. Lastly we have "Stolen Dog", possibly the most melodic of all three tracks, utilising a rolling broken house to tie down a subtle vocal and simple keyboard refrain.


Burial

Untrue

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

Burial

Burial

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

Pestilence

    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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