Subtemple / Beachfires by Burial

Everyone's favourite cracklemonger Burial is back to deliver two new beat opuses on 10" wax for extra crackle. Featuring tracks such as 'Bus Dodger', 'Piss Lift', 'NHS Rizla' and 'Payspliff' (but none of those), it will be sure to console you into the wee hours with nothing but closed curtains and a glowing laptop screen for company. Still waiting for that world tour, Will.

Vinyl 10" £7.49 HDB108

10" on Hyperdub.

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Subtemple / Beachfires by Burial
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9/10 Robin 22 May 2017

It must be so hard being Will Bevan, having to deal with people’s mismanaged expectations on you to release an LP or the closest possible thing every time you drop two humble tunes. If people are ever gonna be enraged about a Burial 12”, it’ll be this one, a mumbled slab of musique concrete disquiet that suggests his contributions to recent Zomby banger “Sweetz” were mere rubble. With ambient cobwebs, watery samples and disparate voices worming their way through the seven minutes of “Subtemple”, the actual beatwork sounds like little more than accidental vinyl crackle, a mere blemish on a broken landscape.

This is Burial’s music as if it existed in a vacuum, as if all the places in his city sprawl had been taken away and we were left with the mere grey slabs of a landscape -- after five minutes of vague structure, “Subtemple” falls out of line into more sonic washes, coming back in again with a foggy, fuzzy drone that gives way to the phenomenal “Beachfires”. This piece is huge and engulfing, Burial’s ambient textures passing each other in relay for a piece that pronounces what emptiness sounds like. Routing what sound like the scratchings of melodies (about half way through) into clicks, choral drones and chimes creates massive feeling without ever really explaining it. It’s honestly one of his most gorgeous tracks and I’m glad no amount of From Software titles can stop something like this existing.



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