Burial, the ever mysterious UK dubstep forefather, does not release things too often. Since his decade-defining 2007 album Untrue, everything Burial has put out has been met with extreme excitement. This time last year, Burial’s Street Halo EP came out to, obviously great fanfare. Street Halo was good, but it was sort of boring. It was classic Burial––bleak, bleary percussion, slight digital haze, chopped and altered soul samples––but it was maybe too much like his previous work.
Kindred, the new digital-only 30-minute EP (vinyl is pushed back due to production problems; you’re really gonna want to hear this on vinyl, too) is not too much like his previous work. Kindred is something of a revelation. These three tracks are, of course, classic Burial in their construction, but something about all of them is larger-scale, more pushed forward. These songs are massive pieces. “Kindred” is 12 minutes long, “Loner” is 7 and a half, and the demolishing “Ashtray Wasp” is another 12. Kindred goessss.
Get the mp3s now from Hyperdub and watch for the vinyl soon.