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Burial’s Rival Dealer Inspires Short Film



Late last year we announced the good news that the enigmatic and then anonymous bass music producer Burial would be seemingly out of nowhere, be releasing new material last December.

Entitled ‘Rival Dealer’ the three track EP released via Hyperdub generated more than a little sense of de ja vu in the office due to the releases startlingly similarity to Burial surprisingly announcing and releasing an EP at almost exactly the same time the year before. Continuing Burial’s theme of crackly spectral sounds, we were as ever suitably impressed and inspired with the producers work.  

Well now UK director Ben Dawkins has unveiled a short film drawn from his inspiration and scored by the title track from ‘Rival Dealer’. Running for 12 minutes ‘Dealer’ follows a London drug dealer as he attempts to navigate a series of increasingly volatile scenes, each encounter perfectly visualizing the dark soundscapes that defined the EP on which they’re based.

Given the blessing of both Hyperdub and Burial himself you can check out the film for yourself below.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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