Burial remoulds 90's Garage/House into his own vision on 'Rodent', applying his signature production tricks to a classic bouncing and shuffling template of skeletal drums and big subs. He loops vocals samples in 'Untrue' style, adding heavenly synth to create that magical, melancholy sound he just totally owns. There's even a touch of Vangelis flavoured saxophone for some additional romance. Hyperdub bossman Kode9 deconstructs and reconstructs the core elements into a frantic footwork cut, heavily influenced by Chicago but with his own twist, in a similar mode to his 'Nothing' album.
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- "Will? Hey it's Hyperdub - the album ready yet?"
- (through a staticy distant phone line) "No, no it's still not grainy enough"
- "Ok we'll level with you, we're fucked, we keep putting these 12"s out and, well, I don't want to be all business with you Will but they don't make us any money. We need an album."
- "Hang on I'm on the night bus with the rain pouring down the windows, can I call you back?"
- "It's getting desparate Will, I need something from you now. Anything. Another 12"?"
- "Ok got a couple of stops til I need to get off. Got my laptop with me will knock you something up"
-"A whole album?"
-"No but give me a sec i'll cobble something together with an old garage sample and my synth plug ins- just...just a sec just adding some saxophone flourishes".
- "Yeah it's all I've got on me. It's ok for you lot in your warm offices. I'm out on the late bus trying to soundtrack the 3AM glare of the streetlights as people wait for taxis in the pouring rain. Anyway.... sending it through now".
- "Thanks got it. It's haunting Will, very haunting. What would we do without you? But....we need a B side"
- "Can't do it, I'm now trailing through the rain lashed London streets with my hood up listening to the distant thump coming from the clubs"
- "Oh, right Will - you know we love you and hate to do this to you...but we're gonna have to get Kode 9 to cobble something together".
- "Bastards. You're never getting that album".
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