Kode9 and Burial team up for the last in Fabric’s mix series, Fabriclive 100

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At the risk of wearing out the pages in my thesaurus for the words “monumental,” “legendary,” and “historic,” allow me to bring you the very good news that Kode9 and Burial have joined virtuosic forces for what will be the 100th (and final!) installment in the Fabric Records mix series, Fabriclive 100. Quick, someone get me a towel, I’m practically drenched in enigma!

While the duo are keeping the tracklisting private until release day, we do have some kernels of information about what to expect, and my job is to take those kernels and reverse-engineer them into a corncob of a news story, so here we go! This is what we know: the mix is 74-minutes-long (!), will be released on CD on September 28 and a 4xLP unmixed vinyl edition on November 2 (!!), and it can be pre-ordered here (!!!). There is also some album cover art (!!!!). Hey, that’s actually a pretty solid amount of information!

But that’s all. I’m out of kernels. But at least we’re all gonna be basking in the prestige of this one all day! Go ahead! Go forth and bask! Pre-order the record first, but then, you know, bask away!

me and will – mix done – cheers

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Burial Reunites With Kode9 For Final Fabriclive Mix, Shares Rare Photo

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Burial & Kode9The London club and record label Fabric’s influential Fabriclive mix series, which dates back to 2001, is concluding next month with its 100th installment. And for that final mix, they’ve tapped some big names. More »

Flame 1 (Burial + The Bug) – “Shrine”

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Last week, we learned that the shadowy production genius Burial had joined forces with Kevin Martin, the versatile but intense beatmaker known as the Bug, to form a new duo called Flame 1. They’ve got a two-song single coming out later this month, and we posted “Fog,” the first of those two songs. Today, … More »

Flame 1 (Burial & The Bug) – “Fog”

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We last heard from Burial, the mysterious and reclusive British producer, when he came out with his Pre Dawn/Indoors EP back in October. And now he’s made another track of foggy, evocative, insular dance music. This time, though, he hasn’t done it on his own. More »

25 Great EPs From 2017

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Over the last couple years, we’ve seen the rise of the “mini-album,” an inexplicable term that is, I guess, supposed to signify some kind of intentionality and artistic vision that an EP simply cannot capture. It’s a designation that’s been rightfully met with ribbing derision, but it’s an interesting development that speaks to some larger … More »

Burial slings out ominously redolent ‘Pre Dawn/Indoors’ EP

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Burial‘s salient Untrue recently observed 10 years of rotation around the sun.

Since the masterpiece’s release, the ominous producer has remained an anomaly. An established recluse, Burial has long preferred that his music speak volumes. His very identity was kept at bay for the majority of the early part of his career.

Earlier this year, he made a re-appearance with his Subtemple EP and the eventual “Rodent,” which was an aloof, sultry original, gleaming in archetypally employed Burial ambiguity.

His tracks themselves have long evoked sentimentality and introspection in club culture. Further building on this very style are two new tracks apart of the artist’s debut on NonPlus+ — an electronic music label from London — run by Alex Green, or Boddika.

“Pre Dawn” is a haunting number, reminiscent of the aforementioned Untrue full-length, clocking in near 140 BPM and whisking away its listeners in its shroud, ice-cold quality. Upon its denouement, “Pre Dawn” returns to Earth where the scene transforms into dawn and carries the number into a synth passage. A voice appears to sing out, “Late at night… the energy… take me to the dream world.”

Further into this very reverie state, comes “Indoors.”

More hardcore than “Pre Dawn,” “Indoors” shelves out Burial’s classic garage and intersected rave style that took the underground by storm. It’s a vividly evocative number that needs no visual aid in envisioning its warehouse-reminiscent conditions

Burial is more than 10 years into his career, and with few releases in between, it remains a wonder when the artist will bestow a sonic gifting. Though aberrant and chaotic at moments, Pre Dawn/Indoors exude the beloved Burial elements, still reaching towards a sonic resolution, likely never to attain fulfillment — perhaps, intentionally.


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Untrue Turns 10

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Not to go all Rick And Morty on you, but sampling in pop is a lot like parallel universes. In one timeline, Rick James is a headlining act, and in another, his most enduring hit is merely the backing track for “U Can’t Touch This,” one of the first rap crossover smashes, playing second fiddle … More »

Burial continues flurry of shorter releases, previews first EP for NonPlus Records, Pre Dawn/Indoors

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It’s never any fun to advocate resignation, but…when 10 years come and go following the latest Burial LP, it just might be time to give up hope. Just like how it might be time to give up hope for a selfie of the man that doesn’t pre-date the term, and which is awkwardly used everywhere these days because it’s the only non-candid photo we’ve got of the contentedly private musician.

Either way, we can always count on those severely contoured cheekbones to appear whenever news concerning his latter day work rolls rolls around — news, which, for better or worse, usually involves some teency-weency new micro-release that tragically leaves us desperately wanting more from the clandestine EDM champ. Consider the “Rodent” single released on Hyperdub just a few weeks ago…and before that, there was the Subtemple release, which clocked in at just over 17 minutes! (Ugh. Are fans doomed to endure this extremely gradual driiiiiiiip of music for however long Burial remains un-buried!??)

Oh well. Take what you can get, my friends. Because here’s another Burial release that barely whets the palate. It’s an EP called Pre Dawn/Indoors, and it’s out officially October 27 as his first release on the London-based NonPlus Records (pre-order on vinyl and download right here). On the plus side, NonPlus has beneficently uploaded a couple of 128 kbps clips, which you can listen to below if you find the will to suppress your inner audiophile. That bit rate is terrible! The music sounds okay, though.

Pre Dawn/Indoors tracklisting:

01. Pre Dawn
02. Indoors

Preview Burial’s New Tracks “Pre Dawn” & “Indoors”

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Burial’s getting busy again! Thus far this year, the mercurial UK producer has the Subtemple EP and the “Rodent” single, as well as a couple of remixes. And now Resident Advisor reports that he’ll release a new EP with two tracks, “Pre Dawn” and “Indoors,” later this month. Above … More »

Burial – Rodent (Original Mix)

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Following the release of his Subtemple EP back in May, Burial re-emerges this year with another elusive, slow-grooving gem titled “Rodent.”

Slated for a Sept. 22 official release date via Hyperdub, the electro-dub track capitalizes on ominous bass lines and a seductive, looping vocal. The single is further aided by passing trumpet samples and minimal percussive elements that ultimately draw attention to the London-based producer’s idiosyncratic experimental style. Despite his ambiguous persona, Burial’s work maintains its notoriety as this newest release places the musician’s next-level production prowess on full display.

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