3 Apr 2011

Burial, Four Tet & Thom Yorke - Ego/Mirror

Heavily anticipated collaboration between Will Bevan (Burial) and Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), accomanied by Radiohead's frontman, Thom Yorke. The two tracks were pressed on  a highly-limited (300 copies) vinyl released by Four Tet's Text Records. It's not a mystery nor a surprise that the whole stock was sold out in just under an hour.

Side A: Ego
The track opens with a bassline typical for Burial's tracks (at first, you can even mistake it with his "Raver" tune), then Hebden's melodic arrangements kick in, inevitable inviting the third musketeer to complete the charm. Yorke's croon creates a truly warm center amidst the blend, giving the track a whole new dynamic and rhythmic. It is rather rare that the collaboration between  great artists stays faithul to all the styles involved, yet this track delivers just that. Strange percussive tweaks and odd keyboard lines characteristic for Four Tet ride and fall all the way through the track, just to the point where a warming piano kicks in, accompanied by Burial's shreded vocal sampling, creating a rather beautiful coda for the 6 minutes journey. 

Side B:  Mirror
Mirror sounds more like a Burial's solo try on Yorke's vocal's, bringing to your mind and ears his previous genuine releases.