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10 years on: 7 artists tell us how Burial's 'Untrue' changed their lives

It's been a decade since the release of one of electronic music's most influential albums

  • Mixmag Crew
  • 3 November 2017
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I was very late being introduced to ‘Untrue’ - around 2012. It was my friends who had always been more inclined towards dance music than I had at that point who introduced me. The album blew me away, I'd never heard anything beat based that carried so much emotional weight whilst carrying a punch too. The way which background noise is used also reminded me a lot of Max Richter who was very influential on me at the time.

It sounds so tortured. The hazy wind effects and other background noises combined with distraught vocals and cinematic synths give the impression of the music always searching for a resting place. At points you have moments of beauty which break out like the ending of 'Shell of Light', but as a whole the album is restless.

The album was played a lot driving around in my car the summer after graduating University in 2012. To me it brings back memories of not really knowing the next step at this point in life. Driving late at night with no real place to be.

Looking back since 2007 we've seen a wave of producers become more interested in exploring deeper depths of emotion in dance music with huge credit towards ‘Untrue’. People have become much more fascinated than before in exploring elements outside of the pure euphoria that we would traditionally associate with dance music, and they have started looking inwards too. This is certainly how it's influenced myself at least.

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