Rival Dealer EP EP
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Hyperdub will release an EP by Burial on December 16th 2013. Comprised of three new pieces with a total running time of 28 minutes, it will be available on 180g 12" vinyl, jewel-case CD, and digital download. Titles and artwork will be announced on www.hyperdub.net at the time of release.
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"“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.
Firstly, this is Burial really grasping the concept of reappropriation and running with it. It's more like something James Ferraro would produce only it's much more optimistic than Ferraro's last album (NYC Hell 3:00AM). This EP sounds like Burial has been listening to a lot of DIS mag mixes, some vaporwave kind of stuff or possibly John Hughes films. It shares many of the same ideas of reappropriating 'cheesy' signifiers, such as trancy synths, 80's power ballad drums, overtly auto-tuned vocals, GM-esque synth presets and sentimental chord progressions, although personally I must listen to too much 'cheesy' music (HI NRG, New Age, Smooth Jazz, Eurodisco, Handbag house etc) as I don't find these tracks 'cheesy' in the slightest; they are probably just too direct and unsubtle for some people. I can understand people might equate these effects to distill emotion in the the listener as trite or schmaltzy, but isn't this a fault of the audience being unable to remove cultural baggage, and therefore enable enjoyment of the music.
Secondly, (and this is something I respect Burial for) is that he is willing to ask a lot of his core fan base to stick with him. The last two tracks on the album are not what many of his fans would normally choose to listen to (I'm sure a lot would quickly dismiss it without the attachment to Burial) and yet it will bring in a new crop of fans (me for one).Read more ›
Complex and layered and, as with Burial's more recent work, it seems to have tracks within tracks. A lesser artist would probably have spun this out to an LP's worth of material.
Feelings of muted anger, giving way to sadness and rejection - but it is not a depressing listen.
There's a sense of optimism that underscores the whole of the EP. Think Goldie's "Inner City Life" and A Guy Called Gerald's "Black Secret Technology", but Burial is not a copyist, these are just reference points.
The record progresses in an almost symphonic manner. The opening track is, for this artist, one of his more up-tempo numbers. These beats then make way to ambience. Maybe the ambience of a Saturday night in alone, watching mainstream music on the TV because there's nothing else to do. Incredibly, it seems that Burial has written his own X-Factor/Rihanna/Celine Dion/80s-type pop records for incorporation into the pieces and made them sound like samples. I can't say I've ever heard anything quite like this before.
A benchmark release I think.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Haunting and profound. Feels like a musical picture of the modern world with all it's troubles and confusion.' Come down to us ' gives me goose bumps. Read morePublished 1 month ago by michael brunskill
I bought this after watching the 'Bitter Lake' documentary - track 3 is especially atmospheric.Published 11 months ago by MALCOLM HYDER
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. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Billy Wiz
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... Read morePublished 15 months ago by stuart l martin
I bought it primarily for 'Come Down To Us' but 'Hiders' is growing on me with every play.Published 17 months ago by Killac113