Burial on new EP ‘Rival Dealer’: ‘I wanted the tunes to be anti-bullying tunes’

The EP will be released tomorrow (December 16)

Burial has spoken about his new EP ‘Rival Dealer’, via a text message read out on Mary Anne Hobbs BBC 6Music show.

The secretive dubstep and electronica artist’s new EP is currently streaming online, which you can hear here. The EP will be available on 180g 12-inch vinyl and on CD and will be released on Hyperdub on December 16.

On Mary Anne Hobbs most recent show, the DJ/presenter received a text message supposedly from Burial, real name William Bevan, which she shared with her listeners.

The message read: “I put my heart into the new EP, I hope someone likes it. I wanted the tunes to be anti-bullying tunes that could maybe help someone to believe in themselves, to not be afraid, and to not give up, and to know that someone out there cares and is looking out for them. So it’s like an angel’s spell to protect them against the unkind people, the dark times, and the self-doubts.”

‘Rival Dealer’ is the dubstep and electronica artist’s first since the ‘Truant/Rough Sleeper’ EP which came out at the end of 2012. Burial, the stage name of William Bevan, released his debut album, ‘Burial’, in 2006, following it with ‘Untrue’ in 2007. A series of EPs including ‘Street Halo’ and ‘Kindred’ followed, but the artist is yet to release a third LP.

In 2011 Burial collaborated with Massive Attack for the split 12-inch ‘Four Walls’/’Paradise Circus’, which saw the London DJ and producer remix two tracks by the Bristol-based group. ‘Four Walls’ was a previously unheard track, while ‘Paradise Circus’ featured on Massive Attack’s 2010 album ‘Heligoland’.