Dubstep legend Burial is back with more street level sound excursions through the dark underbelly of London after midnight. Awe inspiring sound design meets urban music deconstructions again on these two riveting cuts. Feel the tension, fear and suspense on the first sonic journey that is "Subtemple", a beatless journey that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Second offering "Beachfires" sounds more like the Burial we know; this one is absolutely brooding and atmospheric: the kind of dark ambient paranoia with GCHQ surveillance in mind: circa 2026.
Having been slowly but surely groomed by the label since first emerging some two years ago, Walton now delivers a long-player of his slick, melodic bass music for Hyperdub, sounding right at home in the hinterland Kode9's stable inhabits. There's an electro intent at work on the warm and easy-grooving "Need To Feel" that kicks the album off in earnest, but you're just as likely to get side-tracked into the glossy purple-isms of "Can't U See" with its trappist beats and dreamy undertones. Elsewhere "You & Me" captures a feverish industrial house conundrum full of oddball sampling, while "Memories" splays out its rhythm across a spacious mix of attention-deficit sonics and measured bass stabs. There's a fresh approach at every turn that keeps you on your toes throughout this bright and bold debut album.
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