Burial ‎– Rival Dealer

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Rival Dealer 10:47
Hiders 4:44
Come Down To Us 13:08

Versions (6)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HDB080 Burial Rival Dealer(12", EP) Hyperdub HDB080 Europe 2013 Sell This Version
HDB080 Burial Rival Dealer(3xFile, EP, WAV) Hyperdub HDB080 UK 2013
HDB080 Burial Rival Dealer(3xFile, FLAC, EP) Hyperdub HDB080 UK 2013
HDB080 Burial Rival Dealer(3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Hyperdub HDB080 UK 2013
BRE-47 Burial Rival Dealer(CD, EP) Beat Records BRE-47 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
HDB080CD Burial Rival Dealer(CD, EP) Hyperdub HDB080CD UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version

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Doomguy-id

Doomguy-id

February 23, 2017
edited 8 months ago
referencing Rival Dealer, 12", EP, HDB080

I quite dig the title track, especially the first 5 minutes and the outro. Unfortunately this EP falls apart with the remaining two songs by way of some corny, cheesy melodies and bad sounding auto-tuned vocals.

Come down to us seems to be put on quite a pedestal by a lot of people. I think it starts off as a nice melody but drags on too long and wears its welcome out quite quickly, which I found especially annoying at certain points where it sounds like he's fading to something different only to reprise it... Then the second half of the song takes on this sickly sweet sound that honestly makes me cringe. The EP goes out on a real sour note with the Wachowski monologue. It doesn't matter what's being said in it, I'm sorry, but Lana does not have a nice sounding voice to listen to at all (for obvious reasons). Fran Drescher could have made a cameo and I'd have scarcely noticed.

I'll be honest that I don't really care for all the LGBT samples, which had me rolling my eyes at the end in particular. I'm not interested in your identity politics, I just want some soundscapes and atmosphere, thanks.

Unfortunately I find this one to just be too damn flawed for me to enjoy. A shame because it starts off quite strong but just goes progressively downhill, with a misleading glimmer of hope at the start of Come Down To Us; only to have me enthusiastically turning it off by the end.
frossett227

frossett227

February 23, 2017
referencing Rival Dealer, CD, EP, HDB080CD

Oh boys, what a masterpiece. This is not club music, this is not garage, it's music for a movie with no pictures, where garage and grime mingle together to form the soundtrack for a story taking place in the street of modern London, the living part of it. Highly recommended.
Thrasher76UK

Thrasher76UK

November 16, 2016
referencing Rival Dealer, 12", EP, HDB080
"Come down to us " Is the most emotional, inventive and clever pieces of music I've heard in a very long time.
I've been listening to Ambient/breaks/leftfield/hip hop for about 25 years, but this blew my mind.
CvilleSoundz

CvilleSoundz

October 3, 2016
referencing Rival Dealer, 3xFile, EP, WAV, HDB080

I'm revising my review from a few years ago, which was a snap judgement on my part in that I had only heard the titular track at the time of writing. That song, "Rival Dealer," is very good and was very much in line with what I was expecting to hear from Burial at the time. However, a lot of what happened on the rest of the EP was a big reason why I've found myself listening to less and less Hyperdub releases; with the one notable exception being the footwork producers they've signed in recent years (i.e. the Teklife crew).

This is obviously a personal preference, but a lot of the reason I listen to electronic music is because I want to be sent to a place completely detached of all socio-political overtones. It's one thing if its an expected (an often welcome) consequence of listening to the artist; a great example is Godspeed You! Black Emperor, or any of the countless politically vocal punk bands of the 80s and 90s. On the other hand, with a producer like Burial who's known for developing a sound that's timeless in all occasions, this was a bit unexpected and disappointing. I really do appreciate what he was trying to do here, but it almost seems like he was trying to use an emotionally charged social issue as a substitute for his trademark production skill.

There's a reason why nobody's really talking about this record any more, yet albums like Untrue, and even singles like Nova are still getting played on radio stations and showing up in the occasional DJ set. Burial took an opportunity for short-lived positive recognition from the likes of Pitchfork, rather than testing the boundaries of his musical expertise.
cottonmouthVII

cottonmouthVII

September 11, 2014
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Rival Dealer, 12", EP, HDB080

I really did not dig this release on first listen, I have to admit mainly because it doesn't go anywhere near the prototypical Burial sound of old, and it just seems extremely self indulgent. After several listens tho, I do like how crazy this release is. It keeps me guessing throughout the tracks, which is something I love. I kinda wish he had split it into more tracks, but I guess themes run throughout, so it doesn't matter. Just kinda hard to remember what all the parts sound like. My summary would be weird release, very cool listen, but it just doesn't resonate with me as much as the first two albums. Maybe I'll feel differently in a few years looking back at it.
Ghostware

Ghostware

March 12, 2014
referencing Rival Dealer, 12", EP, HDB080
Nice EP, just not a big fan of 'Come Down To Us', I think the 'there is something out there' sample (also used in Loner at the beginning) is a bit misplaced. Hiders on the other hand is breathtaking, especially when the disco beat kicks in. And Rival Dealer surprised me, Burial's take on d'n'b? Sounds pretty awesome though!
l555l

l555l

February 10, 2014
referencing Rival Dealer, 3xFile, EP, WAV, HDB080

Marvellous release, for me it's simply Burial's best job that he ever done. So experimental and exciting sounds, but still including that typical abstract Burial-feeling in them. "Hiders" is such a beauty!!
bcHelix

bcHelix

January 11, 2014
referencing Rival Dealer, 12", EP, HDB080
At first blush I hated this release, but days after hearing it I found myself recalling some of the samples and melodies and getting them stuck in my head. I would give this EP a chance and be careful not dismiss it too quickly. Although it does have some issues being a little sloppy, unfocused and really cheesy in some areas, I found it be curiously affecting and even endearing. His motives for making this, whatever they were, might have been misguided but it nevertheless packs an undeniable emotional punch well on par with his other works.
Antonius_Block

Antonius_Block

January 6, 2014
referencing Rival Dealer, CD, EP, HDB080CD
Haters gonna hate... This is a beautiful album that invokes a lot of emotion, at least from me. These ain't the tunes that will be breaking down the walls at you local club, but trust me they are amazing and just lovely. I can have this one on repeat all day and never get sick of it. 5 Stars!
virtual_chuck

virtual_chuck

December 29, 2013
referencing Rival Dealer, 12", EP, HDB080

listened to and loved burial since the start, and this work is exquisite.
i can only quote poet laureate, stanley kunitz:
"live in the layers, not on the litter"