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The internet almost broke yesterday when this release was announced out of the blue and dropped exclusively on Rinse FM. For many I'm sure this is somewhat of a dream collaboration. Lest we forget though that both Burial and Fourtet previously collaborated on a 12" for Text and each in turn have also remixed Thom Yorke so it was almost bound to happen. Fourtet pretty much owns 'Ego' with his trade ...

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Ego / Mirror by Burial/ Four Tet/ Thom Yorke
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9/10 Ant Staff review, 17 March 2011

The internet almost broke yesterday when this release was announced out of the blue and dropped exclusively on Rinse FM. For many I'm sure this is somewhat of a dream collaboration. Lest we forget though that both Burial and Fourtet previously collaborated on a 12" for Text and each in turn have also remixed Thom Yorke so it was almost bound to happen. Fourtet pretty much owns 'Ego' with his trademark playful electronics and synthetic marimba/ glockenspiel sounds, backed by some shuffling percussion from Burial and a very light dusting of his ghostly effects. Thom's vocal works well too and so this will certainly appeal to Radiohead fans that possibly otherwise wouldn't be that interested in Burial or Fourtet. Towards the end of the track a piano makes a surprise appearance reminding me of a wicked Omni Trio tune called 'Skeleton Key'. 'Mirror' on the flip, stylistically is closest to Burial's catalogue in terms of atmosphere, the foundation of which is the two-step, woodblock percussion. Yorke's vocal is given some ethereal treatment and Hebden's sounds creep into the mix. I'll be honest here, I'm not a huge fan of Thom Yorke by any stretch, I really like Fourtet's recent output and I adore Burial, and can say that for me at least, this isn't as strong as any of the artists work individually but the collaboration really does work as a sum its parts. Having spun both tracks a couple of times it would appear to be a grower too. Limited copies on black vinyl, black label, black inner sleeve and black disco bag with info etched into the run-out groove.


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