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Burial album cover
Distant Lights
Artist: Spaceape, Burial
Night Bus
Southern Comfort
U Hurt Me
Broken Home
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Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 51:20

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Wondering Sound

Review 59

Martin Clark


Burial, Burial
2006 | Label: Hyperdub / The Orchard

Throughout the last five years, a quiet, reclusive south London producer sat in his bedroom dreaming. He dreamt of jungle's embers and UK garage's heyday and mourned their passing. To console himself, he took the most rudimentary of studio equipment — a simple audio editor — and poured his heart into it. The intricate rhythmic and textural results became Burial's eponymous debut album.

By laying his sorrow bare, Burial touched people, reaching an audience no one… read more »

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Different, and a bit Unexpected


I've heard a lot about this album from reading blogs, forums and watching interviews of producers in the Drum and Bass scene. I have to say I'm not as impressed by this album as I thought I was going to be, given the rave reviews it has received. Having said this, the collection of samples and beats is hypnotic and relaxing at times. Definitely worth a listen, but not what I was expecting.

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Music for solitary moments


Great for those moments you find yourself alone and feeling contemplative. A little repetative at times without much distinction from track to track but great at pulling you in and making you loose track of time.

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Alienating and depressing. Dub without the sensuality. Basically drum&bass, which was boring at the time, and remains so at this slowed down tempo.

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Worth another listen


I've only listened to it once, and probably need to give it another listen or two. Not everyday music for me. Unique and talented. It's a must download if you're into hallucinogenic drugs.

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Surprising and fresh


"Spaceape" is pretty much unlistenable to me, but I really love this record as a whole. So delightfully original and moody. Actually makes me think of So Percussion's awesomely textural Amid the Noise record.

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Hauntingly impressive


Can't really add to what Barney Hoskyns has written - http://www.emusic.com/features/spotlight/294_200711.html This is well worth having - not party music but great for a particular time and place - probably when it's dark.

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Download Now


The first time I listened to this, it was right before I went to sleep and this music had my complete intention. That night I had the best dream I've ever had in my life. For some reason I have a feeling these two events are connected. Completely original, breathtaking music.

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Judge it by its cover


It sounds like what its cover looks like. Listening is like being lost in a lonely, futuristic city filled with madmen prophets and constantly searching out the distant sounds of other humans. Burial is unique and excellent. If you like music, download it.

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Urban Dystopia


Powerful music. Listen to this one at night on headphones...quite scary.

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The beginning of something quite amazing!


First thing, this album is awesome, I highly recommend it. There is a real sense of unease & paranioa, that, I feel, comes as part of living in a modern urban city/society. I can taste Brixton in the audio. The beats pop, crack and seem to appear all around you. The bass swoops and booms, deep and eerily. Mixed together you get, what I think is, the most exiting album of 2006. This leaves me with one question... Is this just the beginning of Dubstep? I certainly hope not.

eMusic Features


Discover: Hyperdub Records

By Joe Muggs, Contributor

Hyperdub is a label that came very gradually into being. Existing first as a blog, then purely as an outlet for Kode 9's fearsome reductions of dubstep and grime to their barest essentials, its output was sparse until the emergence of mystery producer Burial propelled it into the wider public eye. Since then it has grown exponentially, taking on a motley crew of artists orbiting — but never quite exactly part of — the UK… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Burial is the first great dubstep album, legitimizing a style — a generally dark, emotive, and faceless dub offshoot of 2-step — that had thus far been confined to 12″ vinyl and the underground club scene. Even though a couple of the tracks (“Southern Comfort,” “Broken Home”) had been previously released on the South London Boroughs EP (2005), Burial doesn’t sound like a compilation of one-off productions to date, as is often the case with music of this kind. It’s a true album, a unified collection of songs similar in style as well as mood yet also distinct enough from one another to remain engaging over the course of 13 tracks in 51 minutes. As if it were a well-selected mix album, Burial flows well from one track to the next; the exception is “Spaceape,” the only song featuring a vocalist (and unfortunately sequenced third, disrupting the flow just as it begins). While some tracks stand out (“Distant Lights,” “Southern Comfort,” “Gutted,” “Broken Home”), they’re interspersed by low-key tracks such as “Night Bus” and “Forgive” that enhance the overall mood and space out the highlights. As the hazy, mostly black cover art of the album (a nighttime aerial photograph of South London) suggests, the mood of Burial is dim, distant, and rather dreary; from a subjective standpoint, one might characterize it as the sound of 3:00 a.m., a time of reflection and perhaps remorse, of being alone after the party’s come to an end. There is an emotional aspect at work that is key to this mood, a sullen sense of despair especially evident in the ambient interludes, communicated also in the ghostly vocal samples. The technical aspect of Burial is remarkable, too. The album’s subterranean basslines and skittering rhythms, along with its array of found sounds and production effects, are simple yet inventive, austere yet evocative. Other dubstep producers have crafted a similar style, make no mistake, but Burial is the first to craft it on the scale of a full-length album so effectively. – Jason Birchmeier

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