Burial - Tunes 2011 - 2019 (@hyperdubrecords) "You Are Not Alone"
Haunted post-dubstep and ethereal future garage from the master of late-night beats.
Burial's first two full-lengths were perhaps the most iconic, era-defining electronic music of the 2000s - shadowy, enigmatic, mournful, vaguely militant. Deep dubstep sub-bass meant to evoke empty streets and vacant busses, post-rave comedown rather than big room euphoria. It was more the memory of electronic music, the ghosts of raves past, the feeling of having missed out, of a yearning for a home that never was.
12 years later, we're still waiting for a follow-up full-length statement. And yet Burial has not been silent, slow-trickling out a series of low-key singles and EPs that still managed to lay much of the contemporary dance scene to shame. As with Burial and Untrue, Burial's music remains a drop-shadow of whatever's happening in mainstream electronic music at the moment, as you can hear on #Tunes2011to2019.
Here we find stark, streamlined #techno;
still more #futuregarage
than you can shake a glowstick at. And yet, Burial's music remains more ghostly, more emotional, more artful than many of their contemporaries. It's music for lurking at the margins of parties, for wandering cities late at night, in search of connection, looking for spectres and angels, for shards of human kindness.
Tunes 2011 - 2019 has everything you could want from a Burial record - amorphous androgynous vocals, synths strung-out and glowing like Christmas lights, low-slung beats knocking and scraping like a late-night laundromat, like table rappings. It's great to have all of these singles compiled in one place, hearing them all in sequence. It's like listening to a time-lapsed secret history of electronic music from the last 10 years. .
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