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Hyperdub wrap up a decade’s worth of Burial singles and EPs to form the uncanniest sort of memory update
Surveying the entirety of his original output for Hyperdub since the seminal couplet of his ‘Burial’ and ‘Untrue’ albums, ‘Tunes 2011-2019’ offers a very handy 2.5 hour catch-up for those who haven’t already gone to the effort of queuing up the files over time in iTunes.
The 17 tunes been sequenced out of joint from the original release schedule and carefully framed for an absorbing listen akin to the film and computer game soundtracks that are often sampled in his work and have long provided a key inspirations to his sound.
They range from grippingly tense, furtive sci-fi noir styles in ‘State Forest’, ‘Beachfires’ and ’Subtemple’, thru to his singularly evocative style of dark garage and heartbreaking vocal arrangements in the slow anomaly ‘NYC’ , taking in low key modern classics of this past decade with the likes of his pure power-up ‘Hiders’, the epic and intricate arrangement of ‘Come Down To Us’, and most recently the dancefloor lighter tune ‘Claustro’ - a.k.a the one to play any daft dufus who still says you can’t dance to Burial.
Collected, they add up to the equivalent of at least 3 albums worth of material, which makes up somewhat for the lack of actual albums in over 12 years now. For anyone who has taken their eye off the ball since ‘Untrue’, this set is just unmissable. And even for longtime disciples, we guarantee you’ll be reminded of bits you didn’t even realise you’d forgotten.