Burial's sound is like an opium den: hazy, dark and hypnotic in a way that gets under your skin and stays. It's not meant for driving around with the windows down and your cheap bass amp overheating. It's for late, expansive nights—the kind some might mix with a mind-altering substance, though the music alone is enough of an enhancer. The London producer offers the same ingredients with his newest EP, Rival Dealer, but takes it up a notch in quality. Though Rival Dealer is just three tracks, it clocks in at about 28 minutes. It evokes Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Fourtet, punctuated by haunting samples and strings that seem to slow down otherwise speedy songs. Each one offers an unexpected turn. "Come Down to Us" starts with an exotic, low-key hook before the second half takes you off-guard with a strong dose of electronica. The brief-but-brilliant "Hiders" sandwiches some charming instrumentals into the middle of the track.
Rival Dealer is not for the casual listener, but Burial never was. The depth of the EP's intricate soundscape requires multiple listens to appreciate it fully, yet it still could make for a good night at the club.