Oh gosh. Stop everything. The deity has awoken. Burial returns.
As you would expect, the man responsible for pretty much 90% of what you hear from Electronic producers today delivers two devastatingly beautiful new songs – both 11-13 minute escapades into his iconic wet-pavement, harrowed mind-state. Both ‘Truant’ and ‘Rough Sleeper’ are multi-layered, multi-chaptered engagements, clothed in the cerebral power only Burial seems able to induce. The past year or so has seen Bevan experiment with slightly lighter, more tropical 4/4 sonics – but elements across both of these new songs sound a lot like his earlier work. Hello rainy Friday.
Having supported Brixtonian talent Cooly G for the last few years, we’ve been waiting on her to release that body of work that would really encapsulate her myriad of exotic influences, frolicking signatures and penchant for experimenting soulfully with British club sounds. As anticipated, her self-produced debut album is chock with sensuous vocal refrains and blissed out synths over tropical bass bumpiness. Sexy music for sexy people. Get transported.
Playin Me is released July 17th on Hyperdub. Stream below with some good headphones or woofs and a herb(al beverage).
It’s great when cultures clash, great tunes are produced as a result – as was the case the last time LV & Okmalumkoolkat teamed up back in 2010 when they produced this smash.
In the run up to the release of LV’s next EP Get A Grip – Hyperdub have dropped a video for LV & Okmalumkoolkat’s latest collaboration ‘Sebenza’. The video was shot in downtown Jo’burg and features shots of Okmalumkoolkat and his mandem, AirMax 90′s and BMW 3.25′s. On the track itself the pair have once again managed to hit that sweet-spot where Afrobeats meet Electronica and yet again created another smash!
GET A GRIP which will feature performances from Spoek Mothambo, Ruffest & Okmalumkoolkat is out July 23rd on Hyperdub.
Benin City, also known as a popular Nigerian city, but in this instance are a four piece fused genre group from London. Headed up by frontman Joshua Idehan who has previously colloborated with Hyperdub’s LV.
Baby is an intimate, soul burning tale with weariness and love torn hearts as the protagonists. Whilst Joshua pours out, the rich brass sounds and pitch shifted echoes ooze through in the final stages. Subletly soaked in that modern trifecta of electronic, bass and soul, Benin City have caught my ears with this one.
After the hiatus of what has felt like a lifetime, Lauryn Hill returns to British shores this Saturday to an highly expectant and packed Indigo2 audience. Later in the month, the venue also welcomes Young Jeezy too.
Seattle duo, THEESatisfaction come over to storm through with their first set of solo shows, Dwele returns for his yearly pilgrimage at Jazz Cafe and radio station NTS celebrate their first birthday in all day style. Jump over for all and much more.
Presented using their real names and not their more known (and mysterious) moniker Hype Williams, Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland have offered a full stream of their new album Black is Beautiful ahead of it’s release on Hyperdub next week.
Sculpting a cohesively structured album Black is Beautiful is a promising example of how two experimental souls can come together and create something genuinely unique. It’s an album of weird construct but one that, through a clearly defined vision, has been executed brilliantly. Blunt & Copeland unravel their internalised ideals through 15 sonically engaging songs – like pieces to a puzzle, each track fits consummately into place.
Filmed during a power cut in London, Scratcha DVA stares directly at the viewer throughout in this new video in a manner I’m not sure I find jokes or a little intense. Still, the colour palette and editing used by Hiroo Tankana and Kieran Finch make this a little gem. Featuring singer Natalie Maddox, this track comes of the forthcoming long-player entitled Pretty Ugly, out on Hyperdub 19th April
There couldn’t be a more perfect state than in the late hours of Sunday night or early hours of Monday morning to hear this. The architect of a sound designed for fractured headspace and tower block reflections under gothic UK skies, returns with three highly anticipated, brand new, progressive cuts via his latest EP.
After last year’s ‘Street Halo‘ 12″, the sprawling Massive Attack remixes and recent tease ‘Ashtray Wasp’, alot of fans will be wondering – to which phase does Kindred bring us in Burial’s era-influencing career? On my first sit-through, the opening title track has traditional Burial snares slicing through 11 odd minutes of aerial distortion and elegiac drones drawn out into a mosaic of Bevan hallmarks – a great reminder. However the second track ‘Loner’ might be one of his most eyebrow raising departures, shuffling 4/4 onto some Darkwave Funk Caribou terrain; possible spinoff of his work with Fourtet/Thom Yorke. Lastly ‘Ashtray Wasp’ with it’s voyaging, multi-structure works in a series of propelled, broken House and 2-step acts: the suffix of which pairs a childlike, Stockholm syndrome vocal chop and piano combo that’s at once both blissful and everything you’d want from him to close out on.
With this extended player (emphasis on extended), here is very much an artist seven years deep and experimenting with his own sound’s skeletal range – like some matured, pirate radio orchestra. Pop your best headphones/subs on, it’s heavyweight listening…
Cult British electronic label Hyperdub have just made the digital available. Vinyl soon come. Emosh levels in overdrive.
Stream in full for free and cop for a few minor bob here.
Anonymous links popping up in the PinBoard gaff surrounding the forthcoming extended player. Nothing confirmed, so hard facts & fanboy movements first…
Ahead of Lord Bevan the enigma’sKindered EP dropping next Feburary in Japan first, then the UK, feverish anticipation builds with this snippet. Ticking snare of damnation, tumbling time-stretches, dodgy aerial mix-down and & a numb sub breakdown for this 2-Step painkiller – yup, that’ll be him. Need to hear the whole thing – rumoured to be 8 mins long (or so Scratcha DVA via Hyperdub Show/Rinse FM says). There’s been an alleged burst water main on tracklisting also… 1. ‘Kindred’ 2. ‘Lone’ 3. ‘Ashtray Wasp’.
Are we bastards for just wanting another full-length?
“HDB059 Burial – Kindred EP. Join Hyperdub mailing list for news. Vinyl/digital and def less than 25quid” – news straight from Kode9′s twitter.
No word on when this will drop or how many tracks will be included (we’ll keep you updated, of course), but when it comes to William Bevan – the specifics rarely matter.
Bevan was surprisingly quite active this year having released his Street Halo EP in March, a beautiful set of remixes for Massive Attack and a collaborative project with Four Tet & Thom Yorke. With the news of another new EP on the way we can only assume an album is being prepped. Fingers are crossed.