2562

2562

When I first – and second and third – heard Burial, it made me irate (if you’re going to bother reading that post, please do skim the comments as well, there’s some good ones there). Looking back I’m a little embarrassed by that reaction, but I still understand why I felt that way. Burial’s music, elegiac, intricate and lovely though it may be, seemed to be saying – at least to me – that we were in the end times: entropy and exhaustion’s set in and we’re left with the ghosts of things, not the things themselves. And he was saying that by feeding vampirically on the skeleton samples of forgotten melodies, songs bled of their original momentum and left as moving but near dessicated shed skins. Burial’s about to drop a new album and I’ll be there at the proverbial counter, but still with some of those same reservations (even if I have listened to the Ghost Hardware EP in the region of 40 times).

For anyone else looking for an antidote to the Burial virus (yep, probably just me), the full-on intensity of the two 12″s that I have by producer Dave Huismans – aka 2562 and/or A Made Up Sound – could be just the serum you’re looking for. Channel Two/Circulate and Sleepwalk/699 are brilliant, ultra-propulsive and highly detailed rhythm workouts (there’s another one Kameleon/Channel One which I haven’t heard yet). Texturally these releases are brimful of hiss, spit and slide while underneath lurks some deliciously focused bass. This music is very much alive with vigorous determination, so to associate it with the music that’s now called Dubstep seems inappropriate. 2562 draws on the energy of UKG while channeling Dubstep’s eery sparseness. If you liked the music gathered on Tempa’s The Roots of Dubstep, 2562 should get you grinning and heading for the nearest dancefloor.

You can hear – in full – and buy these two releases on Boomkat – it’s well worth your time, believe me.


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