So although snippets have been out and about for these past 48 hours or so, and despite the two sides to Burial’s forthcoming release leaking a little earlier on, it’s still very much a case of streaming away on these while they’re hot, or at the very least hearable. William Bevan outs this one officially this coming Monday for what is, as far as I can decipher, just about the last noteworthy issue of 2k12 and appositely, were the eternal mysteries of life to be revealed but four days later, these would be some fairly monumental, if customarily murky tracks for the world to bow out on. Truant is not only the A-side, but the immediate attraction: a schizoid romp through moods and miscellaneous ambiences that swing pendulum-like, and with that wildly from mellow R’n'B to hyphy, skittering breaks. It builds, and builds over 11-plus only to eventually break down entirely in a crumpled heap of caustic beats.
Etched into the reverse of the black plate, meanwhile, is Rough Sleeper – a more direct, and with it still longer listen that’s laced with soulful and unintelligible vocal samples; snatches of jazzy brass: all lacquered with an almost impenetrable film of scuffed muffle and static. Burial at his most upbeat and emotive, both are things to make you go ooh yeah.
Truant / Rough Sleeper is out December 17th via Hyperdub.