One of dubstep’s most lauded producers, Burial is also its most enigmatic. An anonymous figure, Burial doesn’t do press shots, live shows, DJ gigs or even have a picture on his Myspace page; but it’s no record label-backed PR stunt. Burial is the real deal; an artist who makes music for himself, not to fulfil contractual obligations, to provide music to fill his DJ sets or even for his fans. His self-titled debut album on Hyperdub was the result of a six year stint of making music at home on a basic PC, inspired by the sounds of jungle, drum & bass, garage and dubstep, but with no aspirations of them ever being heard. Its evocative and atmospheric soundscapes were shrouded in melancholy, but captured the imagination of critics and punters alike. The follow-up, 2007’s ‘Untrue’, followed a similar template of lo-fi production and eeriness, but with more of an uplifting glow, something best described by Hyperdub boss Kode9 as ‘downcast euphoria’. The critics were again awash with praise for the LP, making best of the year lists from the highbrow to street level. A precocious and unpredictable talent, who knows what Burial will come with next.
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