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Mary Anne Hobbs Reads Out Burial’s Anti Bullying Statement


burial.jpegEarlier in the month we announced the good news that the enigmatic and so far anonymous bass music producer Burial would be seemingly out of nowhere, be releasing new material this December.

Details of the release were scarce but we then confirmed that the new three track EP  was entitled ‘Rival Dealer’ with a running time of 28 minutes and would be hitting shelves as a 180g 12″ vinyl, jewel-case CD, in addition to being available as digital download.

Released via Hyperdub, this news 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 last year. Quite what the motivation behind the release we weren’t sure of but now in an announcement made via Mary Anne Hobbs on her BBC Radio 6 show it appears that the release is a vehicle for an anti bullying undertaken by Burial. Mary proceeded to read out the message as follows:

“I put my heart into the new EP, I hope someone likes it. I wanted the tunes to be anti-bullying tunes that could maybe help someone to believe in themselves, to not be afraid, and to not give up, and to know that someone out there cares and is looking out for them.

So it’s like an angel’s spell to protect them against the unkind people, the dark times, and the self-doubts.”

Well it is certainly a touching sentiment and we applaud the  nature of it’s message; the EP  continues Burial’s theme of crackly spectral sounds and can be previewed via the Hyperdub Store

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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