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Burial - 'Rival Dealer' EP
Simultaneously dark, light, stereotypical and out of character, ‘Rival Dealer’ is an EP on which London producer Burial outclasses and outmanoeuvres his peers.
‘Hiders’ follows, and is even more outlandish: its beat, vocal and submerged synth line bring to mind 80s pop at its most magnificently overblown. It will likely split Burial’s audience, and yet its depressively ecstatic feel and scuffed edges are recognisably the work of the man who wrote ‘Archangel’. ‘Come Down To Us’, the 13-minute EP closer, is even more moving. Its funereal pace recalls the blunted fever of Burial’s Massive Attack remixes, but the layered vocals, Disney-esque strings and synth washes serge with murky and melodic euphoria.
Burial’s success has brought with it imitators, but with this EP he’s outwitted them all by introducing a gloriously widened palate to his music that is both instantly familiar and shockingly unlikely. His sound is transformed, yet makes sense within his musical references. Remarkable.
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