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I’m going to share some personal experiences that influenced this post. I’m tired of being the odd man out when it comes to love. I have wonderful friends and family, but romantic relationships have been highly elusive. For the past 4+ years, I’ve focused my attention on music instead. Lack of that significant other, and an awareness of dysfunctional relationships as a kid have been a few of the forces driving my creativity. The other morning I was feeling lonely and a bit jealous of that relationship that I just can’t seem to find. I drove home thinking, “what artist understands isolation and loneliness?”. Burial.

I started his 2006 self-titled Hyperdub album. The environment created by the rain and the freeway worked perfectly with his music. I felt super emotional taking everything in. “Night Bus” was very moving, and a few tears later, I felt refreshed. I spend a lot of time reminding myself that if those feelings and experiences and longings can be collected, compressed and translated into art, something very special can come out of it.

Burial fiercely embraces solitude and anonymity. A rarity nowadays, with social networks encouraging constant communication to the point of overstimulation. Personal events that influence Burial’s music are a mystery, but I pick up on a deeply passionate and sensitive individual, who prefers introspection and realizing lingering memories through music. In an archived 2007 interview with Fact, Burial says “The sound that I’m focused on is more, you know, when you come out of a club and there’s that echo in your head of the music you just heard…I love that music, but I can’t make that club sort of stuff…but I can try and make the afterglow of that music.”.

 

He reminds me of “The Hermit”, a tarot card that came up in my first reading recently. This character retreats for enlightenment. At night he travels alone across a bare landscape, staff and lantern in hand. Through examination he illuminates the areas that were once hidden, both in the physical world and his mind. The Hermit goes wherever the inspiration leads. He is similar to the lantern, lit up from within by all he is, able to pierce the darkness. 

 

Burial presents the future with precision and balance. A foundation of UK garage and rave give birth to a shadowy dubstep landscape. References are made to various genres, but his delivery is more about the memory of hearing these sounds, bringing back those vibes in a ghostly way. Burial is unique to say the least, productive with releases without ever playing shows. His followup 2007 album Untrue solidified Burial as a visionary, with Resident Advisor saying in review, “..the reclusive south London producer returns with his follow up album, Untrue, which lays another strong claim to Burial being the most innovative and expressive artist not only in dubstep, but in the whole of electronic music.”. Burial has worked with Four Tet (see “Moth / Wolf Cub” release on Text Records) and Thom Yorke (see “Ego / Mirror” release on Text Records), and remixed Massive Attack, Bloc Party and Jamie Woon among others. His newest release, “Truant / Rough Sleeper” can be purchased here on the Hyperdub site.

 

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– Jimi Jaxon 

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No stranger to Disco Droppings, Kid Smpl is back once again. Download “Escape Pod” for free via XLR8R. You’ll have to wait until August 7th to pick up the full release (Hush Hush Records), but to hold you over I’ve talked with Kid Smpl about these new tunes and such.

DD First things first, I’m very happy you got accepted into the Red Bull Music Academy. The competition was especially fierce this year.

KS Ya I’m still in a bit of shock! Really excited for it, I think it’ll be a great experience.

DD How do you hope to be challenged by the program?

KS I’ve heard that it’s a non-stop and extremely focused experience, so I’m hoping that it challenges me to push my production to the next level, as well as make a lot of great connections.

 

DD Exciting stuff! Now, our friend Alex Ruder, contacted me about his label’s first release. Hush Hush Records begins with your “Escape Pod” EP. Is this the first time you’ve been asked to create a label’s starting release?

KS Yes, and I was pretty excited to do it. It’s one of my favorite releases, of the one’s I’ve done. The full length album that follows this release is probably my favorite project.

DD I’ve enjoyed this EP more and more with each listen, Especially “Pulse” and that remix by D33J. Alex describes the label as having a “multi-genre aesthetic, elaborating on the world of headphones, late-night travels, intimate encounters and contemplative rides on public transportation.” Do you appreciate these kinds of musical descriptions as opposed to genres?

KS Ya, I do appreciate the descriptions as they’re often not as limiting as genres can be. That particular description is often labeled “Night Bus” now, which is something I’m completely comfortable with, and that Hush Hush also embraces. I like it because the term isn’t necessarily the name of a genre but more of a vibe.

DD Mmm, I think it’s fitting and like you said, not as limiting as genres can be. Last question, your playing at Standard next month (The Baltic Room, 8/10). Have you thought about your set?

KS Ya I’ve thought about my set a bit. I think I’m gonna play some remixes of my own tunes that I’ve been getting in for this “Escape Pod” remix EP. Also, probably some ballroom, jersey club, and a bit of grime. That’s really the dance music that I’m feeling right now.

DD Can’t wait to hear it all, cheers dude!

 

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– Jimi Jaxon