British electronic artist Burial has been busy in the last two years after quite a gap in his recordings. The dubstepper has released a number of compelling singles recently and on 22 September, he has another coming. Titled “Rodent”, the lead track features Burial’s trademark use of echoey and slightly eerie vocals. Meanwhile, the Kode 9 remix ups the beats adding a techno sheen to the track. “Rodent” releases 22 September via Hyperdub and can be pre-ordered at Bandcamp.
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