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Burial - Rival Dealer


It's hard to believe the three tracks on this Rival Dealer EP are actually Burial tracks, because they bring the UK-based producer's sound in a such a different direction. We're not getting moody, skeletal dubstep tunes on this one, people. Get ready for some auto-tuned synth pop with a boatload of atmosphere.

Aaron Dilloway - Opened Door

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LA noise musician Aaron Dilloway (formerly of Wolf Eyes) is back with a proper follow-up tape to his 2012 tape-loop epic, Modern Jester. Opened Door clocks in at just under 20 minutes, and its A-side might just be the most rhythmic thing Dilloway's done to date. It actually has a discernible beat, and it oddly resembles Burial's nocturnal two-step garage esthetic. The B-side is what one might expect from Dilloway--an eerie, formless tape-loop soundscape--but even then, it's alarmingly mellow by his standards. Give it a listen above!

Opened Door will be released on September 1 via Chondritic Sound.

Lee Bannon - "Hyper/Eclipse"


The latest offering from West Coast producer Lee Bannon is accompanied by a fittingly nocturnal, dimly lit video collage. "Hyper/Eclipse" finds Bannon continuing to explore the sounds of drum 'n' bass, but its choppy female vocal sample and dark atmosphere make it feel like something of a jacked-up Burial track. Enjoy!

Burial + Four Tet- "Nova"

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Burial and Four Tet drop a beautiful new collaborative track titled "Nova." Of course, this isn't the first time these two have put (amazing) material together, and let's hope this track is one of many more collaborations to come.

While the beat doesn't vary enough to get me intro the groove, the atmosphere and choppy keyboards surrounding the rhythm are quite nice. The spectral vocal samples are so faint, they almost feel like a sonic mirage: It's difficult to completely make them out or really put a finger on them.

The ending is atmospheric as the beginning, but the track doesn't finish without introducing some pretty nice, bright, drone-y keyboards that carry me off into some kind of magic, electronic, ocean-side dreamland I want to stay in forever.