Burial’s slow emergence this year has been exciting. Earlier this year, he released the incredibly atmospheric and stunningly beautiful Antidawn EP, a project that captured the eerie dystopian tone of big-city hustle and poverty through melancholic production that is immersive and beautiful. Four Tet’s output, on the other hand, has also been exceptional over the last few decades or so. Both artists have been instrumental at crafting sounds and compositions that have pushed the electronic music genre forward, and to hear them collaborate yet again with two new singles is exciting.
“Nova” starts off with these soulful vocal samples that are intertwined with synth leads and subtle percussion, with the track building throughout with a groovy beat and additional synth leads. The groove of the track really locks in from there, and with additional sampled effects and vocals, the track continues to meander between different tempos, slowly fading into the distance. “Moth” starts with atmospheric synth leads that are accompanied by muffled, almost suffocated synth leads that explode into life and continue grooving throughout its 9-minute runtime. The way the track builds, then lowers its tempo, then picks things up again with the vocal samples, hard-hitting percussive synths and the infectious beat is just amazing. They are really animated tracks, with colorful soundscapes that bring hopefulness and calm. They’re also meant for the dancefloor, and the continuous groove and electric energy both “Nova” and “Moth” provide make them exceptional additions to both Burial and Four Tet’s discography.
There’s never a time when I’m disappointed with these icons in the field of electronic music, and they have yet again shown why they are one of the greatest to ever do it. Listen to Burial and Four Tet’s two new singles “Nova” and “Moth” below via Bandcamp, and don’t forget to support!