Burial (musician)

Burial (musician)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Burial
Img_capt = Burial, June 2006
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Background = non_performing_personnel
Birth_name = William Bevan
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Origin = South London, UK
Instrument = Personal computer
(using Soundforge) [Fisher, Mark. [http://www.thewire.co.uk/articles/347/ Burial: Unedited Transcript] "Wire magazine". Retrieved on January 21, 2007.]
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Genre = Dubstep
Occupation = Producer
Years_active = 2005 – Present
Label = Hyperdub
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Burial (born William Bevan) is an English dubstep producer. His eponymous debut album was released in 2006 to critical acclaim. "The Wire" magazine named it their album of the year, [ cite journal|title=Rewind 2006|journal=The Wire|date=October 2006|first=various critics|last=|coauthors=|volume=|issue=275|pages=|id= |url=http://www.thewire.co.uk/issues/275/|format=|accessdate=2008-07-25 ] along with achieving fifth place in the "Mixmag" 2006 Album of the Year list [ cite journal|title=Best of 2006|journal=Mixmag|date=December 2006|first=various critics|last=|coauthors=|volume=|issue=|pages=|id= |url=http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/mixmag.html#2006|format=|accessdate=2008-07-25 ] , and eighteenth in the best of the year list of The Observer music monthly supplement. [ [http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/music/2006/12/omms_50_best_albums_of_the_yea.html The OMM's best albums of 2006] ]

On 28 September 2007, a message on the Hyperdub website announced a new Burial album. "Untrue" was released on November 5, 2007, with Metacritic awarding it album of the year. [ [http://www.metacritic.com/music/bests/2007.shtml Best of 2007] ". metacritic.com. Retrieved on January 21, 2008.] Label owner Kode9 also posted tracklistings to dubstepforum.com, with the vinyl and CD releases of the album featuring different running orders and exclusive tracks. [ [http://dubstepforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=28747 Kode9 on dubstepforum.com] ]

Identity and Mercury Prize nomination

Although both albums have been met with much critical acclaim, Burial remained anonymous until August 2008, stating in a past interview that "only five people know I make tunes". [Hancox, Dan. " [http://arts.guardian.co.uk/filmandmusic/story/0,,2198765,00.html Only five people know I make tunes] ". "The Guardian", October 26, 2007. Retrieved on January 21, 2008.]

In February 2008, "The Independent" reported that Burial was an alumnus of south London's Elliott School named William Bevancite news | first=Jonathan | last=Brown | coauthors= Lucy Kinnear | title=The real school of rock | date=2008-02-11 | publisher= | url =http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/features/the-real-school-of-rock-780693.html | work =The Independent | pages = | accessdate = 2008-02-27 | language = ] (another alumnus, Hot Chip's Joe Goddard, said in 2006 that Burial was in the year above him).cite news | first=Chris | last=Parkin | coauthors= | title=Hot Chip: interview | date=2006-10-02 | publisher= | url =http://www.timeout.com/london/music/features/2058.html | work =Time Out London | pages = | accessdate = 2008-02-27 | language = .]

On 22 July 2008 The Guardian reported that Burial was a nominee for a 2008 Mercury Music Prize. [http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/07/mercury_prize_nominations_have.html Mercury Prize Nominations] ] NME reported on 31 July 2008 that Burial was the favourite for the award. [ [http://www.nme.com/news/burial/38569 NME, 31 July 2008 ] ] After much Mercury Prize-related coverage in tabloid newspapers in the UK, speculating that Burial was either Richard D. James or Norman Cook, Bevan confirmed his name and posted a picture on his Myspace page on August 5, 2008. A blog entry stated "I'm a lowkey person and I just want to make some tunes, nothing else", as well as announcing a forthcoming four-track 12", and thanking his fans for their support up to this point. On 9 September 2008, Elbow collected the award in question.



* "Burial" (Hyperdub, 2006)
* "Untrue" (Hyperdub, 2007) UK #58cite journal
title = Official Album Chart for the week ending 20 September 2008
journal = ChartsPlus
issue = 369
pages= 5-8
accessdate = 2008-09-17
publisher = IQ Ware Ltd
location = Milton Keynes


* "South London Boroughs" (Hyperdub, 2005)
* "Distant Lights" (Hyperdub, 2006)
* "Ghost Hardware" (Hyperdub, 2007)

Individual tracks

*"Versus" on the Warrior Dubz compilation (Planet Mu, 2006)
*"Unite" on the Box of Dub compilation (Soul Jazz Records, 2007)


*Blackdown - Crackle Blues (Burial Remix) (Keysound Recordings, 2006)
*Jamie Woon - Wayfaring Stranger (Burial Remix) (Live Recordings, 2007)
*Bloc Party - Where Is Home? (Burial Remix) (Wichita, 2007)
*Thom Yorke - And It Rained All Night (Burial Remix) (XL, 2007)
*Commix - Be True (Burial Remix) (Metalheadz, 2008)

Unreleased tracks

A number of unreleased tracks confirmed as Burial productions have featured in various mixes. So far, these have been mostly restricted to appearances on the Mary Anne Hobbs Experimental show on Radio One (either directly or through promo mixes from Kode9) and mixes for Blackdown, although some remixes have been heard on other stations.

Unreleased Burial tracks include "Gaslight, Rain, You Hurt Me (Version), Feral Witchchild, Archeron, Stairwell, Afterglow, Sinkheart, Speedball 2, Cold Planet, Stay", and "True Love VIP" [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/maryannehobbs/tracklistingarchive.shtml?20060404 BBC - Radio 1 - Mary Anne Hobbs - Tracklisting ] ] [ [http://blackdownsoundboy.blogspot.com/2006/04/keysound-radio-4bristol-mix.html Blackdown: Keysound Radio: 4Bristol mix ] ] [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/maryannehobbs/tracklistingarchive.shtml?20071017 BBC - Radio 1 - Mary Anne Hobbs - Tracklisting ] ] [ [http://blackdownsoundboy.blogspot.com/2008/01/dub-war-and-rinse.html Blackdown: Dub War and Rinse ] ] .


On 21 April 2008 the news about a forthcoming "DJ-Kicks" release on !K7 Records (on 23 June 2008 [UK] [ [http://backspinpromo.blogspot.com/2008/04/burial-dj-kicks.html Backspin Promotions Blog: Burial - DJ-Kicks] ] and July 8th 2008 [US] [ [http://www.backspinpromo.com/burial.html Backspin promotions: Burial - DJ-Kicks - !K7] ] ) appeared in different blogs and fan sites in the Internet. The CD was not released on those dates, but there was official confirmation of the postponed release in early August on the DJ-Kicks website [ [http://www.dj-kicks.com/burial/ Burial DJ-KiCKS (!K7CD227) Microsite coming soon! ] ] . The only statement from Bevan regarding the release was on Myspace, stating "fake djkicks tracklist got put up somewhere i got messages from people & producers thinking it was real. if i do djkicks it will be mostly old jungle tunes & new tunes. big up".


External links

* [http://www.365mag.com/index.php?pg=murw&recnum=2649&Title=Burial+%2F+Hyperdub+%2F+Untrue+on+365Mag+International+Music+Magazine Untrue Album review by Thijsjan Meindertsma]
* [http://www.hyperdub.net/ Hyperdub (Kode9's record label, on which Burial's LP has been released)]
* [http://blackdownsoundboy.blogspot.com/2006_03_01_archive.html 2006 interview]
* [http://www.thewire.co.uk/articles/347/ Unedited transcript of Burial interview by Mark Fisher (edited version published in The Wire 286 December 2007)]
* [http://www.elliottonians.com/ Elliottonian Notable Pupils (In the Reference Section.]

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