Burial (musician)

Burial (musician)

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.

Identity and Mercury Prize nomination

Although both albums have been met with much critical acclaim, Burial remained anonymous until August 2008, stating in a past interview that "only five people know I make tunes".

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.




  • South London Boroughs (Hyperdub, 2005)
  • Distant Lights (Hyperdub, 2006)
  • Ghost Hardware (Hyperdub, 2007)

Individual tracks


Unreleased tracks

A number of unreleased tracks confirmed as Burial productions have featured in various mixes. So far, these have been mostly restricted to appearances on the Mary Anne Hobbs Experimental show on Radio One (either directly or through promo mixes from Kode9) and mixes for Blackdown, although some remixes have been heard on other stations.

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.


On 21 April 2008 the news about a forthcoming DJ-Kicks release on !K7 Records (on 23 June 2008 [UK] and July 8th 2008 [US]) appeared in different blogs and fan sites in the Internet. The CD was not released on those dates, but there was official confirmation of the postponed release in early August on the DJ-Kicks website. The only statement from Bevan regarding the release was on Myspace, stating "fake djkicks tracklist got put up somewhere i got messages from people & producers thinking it was real. if i do djkicks it will be mostly old jungle tunes & new tunes. big up".


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