Boomkat Product Review:
Burial settles for the places very few people talk about, districts and headspaces somewhere just outside the world proscribed by the great Iain Sinclair.
The title cut here is an immense underground tune, mercury bass styles, quicksilver minimal rimshots - a tempo redolent of a possessed drive out of the city. Weakhearts may find it just a little too dark - we're just simply blown away by the exhilaration this music provides, a whole new dimension of dub.
"Southern Comfort" has an almost liquid feel, but wields an enhanced and brutal bass presence, the hi-hats are choppier, messier and this lends a disorientating feel to the delayed pyrotechnics taking place somehwere above and inside your head.
'Broken home' is perhaps closest to the half-speed mesmeria of 'Sign of the Dub' from Kode 9's debut ten inch, a delightful lick of dancehall vocals, more for melodic purposes than anything else, and a heavily muted trumpet sounding for all the world like miles.
The most other-worldy tune ushers in a percussive shaker with chasm-deep breakdowns 'Nite Train' is tougher then you ever expect - providing a great counterpoint to the vocal and echoing mayhem of effects.
Hyperdub - every release is an event in its own right.