Review: For all his innovation, Burial has historically shied away from delivering full-throttle, mind-altering club bangers. Certainly, we can't remember him serving up anything as rhythmically intense as the two dystopian techno slammers showcased on this EP. Both feature many of his usual sonic trademarks - oodles of vinyl crackle, end-of-days aural textures and creepy ambient electronics - but are underpinned by bombastic 4/4 beats rather than sparse, post-dubstep rhythms. "Pre-Dawn", a dense and incredibly intense affair, is the more energetic and instant of the two, though weirder and looser "Indoors", which contains some pitched-up rave-era vocal samples and woozy riffs amongst its highlights, is also very impressive.
Review: London clubbing institution fabric has called time on its long-standing mix CD series, where over 18 years they have been at the forefront of the electronic music landscape. The FabricLive series specifically reflected the club's eclectic Friday night programming, which has grown to feature such diverse artists as Grooverider, Switch & Sinden and Bugz In The Attic, through to Bent, Simian Mobile Disco and more recently Hannah Wants or Midland. For FabricLive 100, they have handed the reins to two of the most respected figures in UK electronic music: Hyperdub chief Kode9 and the enigmatic producer Burial. Both artist's work is considered seminal in terms of UK bass music, yet the idiosyncrasies of their respective styles exist on a much broader scale. That being said, FabricLive100 encapsulates a wide range of tempos across 37 tracks, featuring artists from across the globe. The mix draws from gqom, juke and footwork to trance, jungle and grime, as well as a wealth of material that defies categorisation.
Review: The ten year celebrations from Hyperdub continue apace here with the second of four planned label compilations arriving with the stated intention of casting "some sunshine" over the label's sometimes "dread filled reputation". Arriving on just one disc this time round as opposed to two, the fourteen tracks nevertheless features productions from DVA, Morgan Zarate, Cooly G, Jessy and Burial among other Hyperdub regulars, who are joined by the vocal talents of Dam-Funk, Fatima and others. Perhaps most exciting is the inclusion of an unreleased track from the defunct partnership of Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland; fans of the latter will also be intrigued by Kode9?s "Lies Lies", which features the talents of Inga in her new solo guise, copeland.