Earlier this week, the once-enigmatic and still pretty damn reclusive/elusive UK producer Burial announced that he'd be releasing a new single, "Street Halo," next week. This comes right on the heels of a collaboration with Thom Yorke and Four Tet (check out that tableau of "serious" British faces!). Last night, Hyperdub labelboss Kode9 previewed the single and its B-side, "Stolen Dog," on BBC radio, and rips of the program, complete with chatter about upcoming releases punctuated by the tracks' own bass drops, have made it to soundcloud:
As has a non-radio YouTube clip of B-side "NYC" (included after the jump).
It's been four years (!) since Burial's landmark album Untrue, so what can we hear in these new solo tracks?
Well, upon first listen, you hear a lot of the familiar: train-track-clacking beats filtered and sharpened into slicing, evaporating finger snaps; submerged bass and melody drifting up out of echoes; R&B vocal samples truncated into single words or syllables; vowels smeared, re-pitched and stitched together into new lyrical fragments. Essentially, Burial is up to nothing new here, and that's the very good news. When you have a sound as idiosyncratic and fully formed as this, why not simply apply the same palette to new songs?
"Street Halo" is out Monday via Hyperdub. Hopefully the full album will soon follow.