Burial (born William Bevan) is an English dubstep producer. His eponymous debut album was released in 2006 to critical acclaim. The Wire magazine named it their album of the year, along with achieving fifth place in the Mixmag 2006 Album of the Year list, and eighteenth in the best of the year list of The Observer music monthly supplement.
On 28 September 2007, a message on the Hyperdub website announced a new Burial album. Untrue was released on November 5, 2007, with Metacritic awarding it album of the year. Label owner Kode9 also posted tracklistings to dubstepforum.com, with the vinyl and CD releases of the album featuring different running orders and exclusive tracks.
In February 2008, The Independent reported that Burial was an alumnus of south London's Elliott School named William Bevan (another alumnus, Hot Chip's Joe Goddard, said in 2006 that Burial was in the year above him).
On 22 July 2008 The Guardian reported that Burial was a nominee for a 2008 Mercury Music Prize. NME reported on 31 July 2008 that Burial was the favourite for the award. After much Mercury Prize-related coverage in tabloid newspapers in the UK, speculating that Burial was either Richard D. James or Norman Cook, Bevan confirmed his name and posted a picture on his Myspace page on August 5, 2008. A blog entry stated "I'm a lowkey person and I just want to make some tunes, nothing else", as well as announcing a forthcoming four-track 12", and thanking his fans for their support up to this point. On 9 September 2008, Elbow collected the award in question.
Unreleased Burial tracks include Gaslight, Rain, You Hurt Me (Version), Feral Witchchild, Archeron, Stairwell, Afterglow, Sinkheart, Speedball 2, Cold Planet, Stay, and True Love VIP.