• Record Label: Hyperdub
  • Release Date: Feb 14, 2012
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Feb 15, 2012
    87
    Never before has his music possessed this much majesty, this much command, this much power.
  2. Mar 30, 2012
    70
    This breathtaking EP telescopes the mysticism of 2007's Untrue into two 11-minute suites and a seven minute palate cleanser.
  3. Feb 21, 2012
    90
    Will Bevan's done the unthinkable in managing to both appease and pull the rug out from under his fans.
  4. 80
    Kindred as a whole is easily the most exciting Burial release since Untrue redefined dubstep way back in 2007.
  5. Feb 28, 2012
    80
    This is a release worth snapping up on vinyl when it finally comes out.
  6. Mar 19, 2012
    80
    The cuts on Kindred aren't simply longer than before; they introduce a completely different sense of space and continuity... this is why Kindred is so strong.
  7. Mar 16, 2012
    90
    The most noticeable difference from his previous work is that the three are symphonic, they have parts, and those parts are distinct, either marked by a certain loop, bass ostinato, drone, or tempo.
  8. Mar 29, 2012
    84
    If dubstep is dead, then Burial is some magnificent tower of dust and light built on the remains.
  9. Feb 15, 2012
    90
    Like a pang of guilt does he sample his former self, like a torch carried to its final flicker of illumination. And to hear all that, to be able to almost feel that happening, is to bear witness to an artist working at the apex of his talent.
  10. The Wire
    Apr 18, 2012
    80
    It evokes so many emotions in a single track, and wrestling with its bittersweetness affects you in the gut. [Apr 2012, p.67]
  11. 100
    The attention to detail Bevin is known for sounds invitingly open on Kindred and the ending fruition is a thrilling success.
  12. Despite its short length, Kindred provides as much of an experience as Untrue. And commendably, it's a different one.
  13. Feb 15, 2012
    90
    It's almost certainly the producer's most ambitious and most vital work since Untrue.
  14. Mar 27, 2012
    85
    It's the sound of a composer showing just what can be done with a sampler in the right hands. Hip-hop producers should take notes.
  15. Feb 15, 2012
    80
    Burial's appointment as cemetery caretaker, presiding over the skeletons of rave, was always going have limited traction--after all, there's only so many ways you can express a bereavement--but perhaps in this EP he's found new purpose amongst the ruins.
  16. Feb 15, 2012
    80
    Throughout the Kindred EP, Burial seems curious to discover the perfect balance between gritty atmospheres and dusk-lit club music.
  17. The six tracks divided evenly between his 20-minute 2011 return and his 30-minute 2012 stride forward, cohere almost seamlessly as the album they become when you don't have to turn any plastic over.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 65
  2. Negative: 2 out of 65
  1. Feb 16, 2012
    10
    Burial brings the intensity and attention to detail that made Untrue brilliant and creates an ambitious EP. Wielding two 10+ minute monsters,Burial brings the intensity and attention to detail that made Untrue brilliant and creates an ambitious EP. Wielding two 10+ minute monsters, the Kindred EP presents the most triumphant and powerful classic Burial track yet in "Kindred," builds upon the minimal house leanings of "Raver" in "Loner," and breaks all of his previous restraints in the stunning, swirling "Ashtray Wasp." A standout and a beautiful sign of what's to come. Full Review »
  2. Feb 19, 2012
    10
    It's truly brilliant work of young British with Dubstep. Music enjoyable to analyze, this EP demonstrates the creativity and ambitiousIt's truly brilliant work of young British with Dubstep. Music enjoyable to analyze, this EP demonstrates the creativity and ambitious minimalism. Fantastic! Full Review »
  3. Oct 4, 2012
    10
    A beautiful blend of sounds. Truly mesmerizing and relaxing. I really hope I see more of this artist in the future. Still my favorite song is Forgive.