Boomkat Product Review:
Burial’s total bewt ‘Chemz’ with an exclusive new B-side working at ASMR levels of ambient sensitivity, developing a strain of extended beatless works following from his ‘Nightmarket’ and ‘Beachfires’ classics
Originally despatched as one of Burial’s annual Chrimbuss spesh’s, ‘Chemz’ really struck a nerve with many listeners during lockdown, even outing my teenaged bro as a Burial fan, which was heartwarming to say the least. The track has lost none of its allure since xmas, and the new B-side is a chef’s kiss complement, extinguishing the beats to float off on smoked-out ambient pads and tip-of-tongue sound design.
Where ‘Chemz’ left us lump-in-throat and looking for a dark corner to dance in, ‘Dolphinz’ is one for midnight balcony zoots and duvet diving, with the South Londoner following his nose for plangent, range-finding dolphin calls and crackling foley ephemera sparingly daubed with ASMR voices and gorgeous pads that recall late ‘90s D&B intro’s/breakdowns via moments of The Sprawl and deepest chill out rooms in Second Life.