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Rival Dealer EP
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 20 December 2013
I really don't know where ONE of the reviewers is coming from, but each to their own........All I have to say is that this makes me feel like I did the first time I heard Burial. I listen to a lot of Electronica and this, in my opinion, is one of the most forward thinking, complex, dazzling and down right awesome releases I have had the pleasure of listening to. This smacked me square between the ears and did not stop. The layers are unimaginable and the talent is mind blowing. YOU NEED THIS.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2014
This is Extra Extra ordinary in the true sense of the words. I'm long time electronic music writer and producer also play Classical Piano and Violin. What this does artist produces musical convention - I know its only my humble opinion but he realy is something special. He raises the bar everytime. I just wonder where he will go next.

Transcendent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I love this EP- in my opinion this encompasses all the best bits of Burial. The breezy beats, darkness, euphoria, happiness, sadness and melancholy all rolled into one. Each track is like a journey (particularly Rival Dealer and Come Down To Us). I once read an interview with Burial describing what he aims to achieve with his music...
"“The sound that I’m focused on is more, you know, when you come out of a club and there’s that echo in your head of the music you just heard…I love that music, but I can’t make that club sort of stuff…but I can try and make the afterglow of that music. You know what I mean…it’s like people after a club and they’re sitting around or playing Playstation and stuff, still listening to the echo of their night out in their heads. Or when you walk down the stairs into a club and you start hearing the music, but there’s people talking around you and the music mixes itself in with real life. I like that sound…it’s like a memory of a tune."
This is the perfect description of the Rival Dealer EP; beats ebb in and out, snippets of conversation are heard, sometimes clear, sometimes barely audible, haunting vocal lines groan out from the speakers evoking a range of emotions from the listener.
Dim the lights, put this on a decent stereo and zone out. Perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2014
If you like music you will like this, no one releases anything quite like this, totally unique. Some are saying Burial has taken it in a new direction but to me its just another sublime listening experience.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 December 2013
I first heard this on "6 Music" and had a WTF moment! If John Peel was still alive, he would be playing this every show despite the fact that it's over ten minutes long!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2013
Rival Dealer is an EP with a blend of styles and ideas, from classic dubstep in its dark and minimal effects to drum and bass and electro. Through a mix of synthy vocals and cut up voices it hints at themes of love, relationships and identity.

The opening track Rival Dealer is most like Burial's recognisable sound with industrial noises, auto-tuned vocals and an electronic wail that comes closer and recedes. There are sections to the song, quieter lulls and changes of style with fast tempo drums and more ambient parts where you can hear crunching and crackling noises.

Hiders is a much shorter track and perhaps an evolution of Burial's style as it has warmer sounds and is more optimistic. There are piano and orchestral notes as well and the page begins slowly and picks up with the addition of drums. The female vocals work well, at times glitchy as they stop and start. There are traces of 80s pop filtering through, mixed with electronic effects to end with a static hum that creates a great sense of space.

Finally, Come Down to Us is the longest piece at over 13 minutes and continues the positive message with snippets of conversation, strings plucking as pinpricks of sound and an auto-tuned voice. There are scratches and thumps, notes like rainfall and the central motif fading and arriving again. As the song progresses there are alarms and noises, crossfaded bursts of sound that clear, making the listener feel calmer.

Long-term fans of Burial might not appreciate the change of direction on the middle and final tracks, but he might attract new listeners to his music and the sheer skill of the compositions is very pleasing to experience.
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on 16 June 2015
Having heard Burial for the first time on the BBC film Bitter Lake, I ordered this CD the same day. The track 'Come down to us' blew me away. Normally listening to jazz and classical, Burial has revived my interest in British electronic music. Its a full pan of chips so your getting a bargain.
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on 15 February 2014
Every so often, I hear something that stands out from the mediocre. Thick, dark, dystopian, underground. These are the words that spring to mind every time I hear this guy's music, an original melding of trip-hop, house and dubstep that really takes the breath away. What more can I add?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 December 2013
I'm loving the EPs Burial is producing, he's obviously spending a ridiculous amount of time creating three superb tracks and it shows. He has ideas aplenty but the way everything fits together and the general quality is what really sets it apart.
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on 11 April 2015
This really isn't my "type" of music but it is quite extraordinary. For those who have not seen it check out the documentary Bitter Lake [BBC iPlayer] where you will hear this as the soundtrack; and it is perfect.
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