January CDotM: Burial “Rival Dealer”
It’s rare that we see career-defining albums released in December, yet Burial has made what is possibly his most revelatory work yet with the surprise EP “Rival Dealer”. While still operating within Burial’s usual style of dystopian house music, “Rival Dealer” presents the most diverse array of sounds we’ve heard from the producer yet, and at times actually manages to sound optimistic.
Though the release only consists of three tracks, “Rival Dealer” continues Burial’s fondness for composing multi-part electronic epics, with two out of three tracks crossing the 10-minute mark. Within these suites however, Burial explores everything from old school drum n’ bass, ambient house, and even 80s synth pop. The resulting album still sounds undeniable like Burial, but manages to break free from the cold sounds of his earlier work in favor of a heavier, more colorful sound.
Out on Hyperdub Records, Burial’s “Rival Dealer EP” is Radio 1190’s CDOTM for January. Radio 1190 would like to thank Bart’s Music Shack for their continued support of the CD of the Month Club. If you would like to join Radio 1190’s CD of the Month Club, visit radio1190.org for all the details.