Burial: The elusive pioneer returns

Sam Moir
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  • Last updated: Thursday, 19 May 2011 at 2:57 pm

m Burial: The elusive pioneer returnsBurial fans will today be able to get their hands on his first full release in four years. The title track of the EP, Street Halo, is accompanied by two other new releases, NYC and Stolen Dog. While the reaction to last week’s release of his collaboration with Four Tet and Thom Yorke was mixed, this release’s reaction seems to have been unanimous.

Trawling through the thousands of comments left on numerous radio and vinyl rips online, the EP received approval and appreciation from all his fans. “Burial’s music will always penetrate the heart and soul,” commented one YouTube user while another posted, “As beautiful as his music’s always been, [I’m] so glad he’s back.”

Premiering the material on BBC Radio 1 DJ Benji B’s show, his mentor and label boss Kode9 refused to say whether the producer would release a follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2007 album Untrue later this year. While confirming nothing, he did reveal that the mysterious producer did have some interesting forthcoming track names this year indicating that there is more Burial to come.

Untrue threw Burial into a mainstream spotlight, gaining appreciation from beyond the underground bass music scene ultimately leading to a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Eventually losing out to Elbow, the mainstream media speculation forced him to reveal his identity and apart from a couple of rare interviews, that is all we have heard from him in the four years since.

There are few producers who have such a unique and easily identifiable sound. You just know a Burial track when you hear it. His music hauntingly blurs between the dubstep, 2-step and garage sounds.

Apart from remixing and producing Jamie Woon, collaborating with Four Tet and Thom Yorke and co-producing Vial for Breakage’s Foundation LP, the explosion of the dubstep scene seems to have passed Burial by, not that he would have wanted to be thrown into the spotlight.

In his absence, Benga, Skream, Breakage, and Chase & Status; all artists who have come from the roots of the dubstep, have achieved success in the mainstream. But this is the beauty of this release; fans are treated to Burial at his purist.

Fans can also take solace in the fact that Burial’s music is so unique in his use of crackle and cassette fuzz, distant voices and rain that he will always have that underground roots to his sound.

If this release is anything to go by then his third album has every reason to be so highly anticipated.

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