Known by many of his fans to be the underground king of UK electronica and dub, the South London-based producer Burial has remained off the radar as of late. Aside from his hyped up collaboration with Zomby on the track “Sweetz” earlier this year, Burial hasn’t dropped a solo project since the 2013 EP Rival Dealer, leaving us all anxious for another earthy dub mix from the elusive and critically acclaimed producer.
But this past weekend, an unannounced Burial record surfaced on Discogs after it was accidentally sold at a Toronto record store on Black Friday. Shortly after fans caught word of the new 12”, which is scheduled to officially drop on November 30, the two new tracks were made streamable via Bandcamp earlier today.
The first song, “Young Death”, features that classic-angelic-vocal-sample-over-gritty-dubbed-out-beat that helped Burial rise to prominence with his 2006 self-titled debut LP and the 2007 followup Untrue. Towards the end of the new track, the production transitions from the depths of darkness to an atmospheric light.
On the second track “Nightmarket”, Burial takes the listener to an electro-astral plane of sorts, comprised of bright starry blips over an underlying shadowy soundscape. The song is perfect for a late night drive or smoke, reviving the dark soulful spirit that makes the London-based producer’s sound unlike anyone else's.
Both new tracks can be streamed and digitally purchased on Burial’s Bandcamp page. Although the new YOUNG DEATH / NIGHTMARKET (HDB100) EP was originally made available in vinyl format via Hyperdub, diehard fans have long since cleaned out the label's preorder stock. Regardless, if you’re on the prowl for some smooth and pensive electronic jams to light up with, look no further than Burial's new EP.