South London based electronic producer Burial has been keeping us on our toes ever since the consecutive releases of his two LPs, Burial and Untrue. After we found out in 2008 that Burial was in fact William Bevan - an alumni of Elliott School in London [other alumnis include Hot Chip, Four Tet and The xx] - Burial took a three year gap before releasing the long-awaited Street Halo EP in 2011 as well as collaborating with the likes of Four Tet, Thom Yorke and Massive Attack. With the release of his Kindred EP, it seems that we’re closer to getting the follow up to the Mercury nominated Untrue.

As with other Burial material, Kindred carries his trade marks with frantic 2-stepping, modulated female vocal samples and crackling that is reminiscent of the pleasing sound of a needle dropping on old vinyl. Even though it’s distinctly similar to the rest of the electronic producer’s music, there’s a slight change in mood, as on the title track, atmospheric turns into sinister, with bellowing drone undertones and gritty snarls whereas, 'Loner' sounds like an underground club hit that you could imagine replacing The Chemical Brothers in that scary Black Swan club scene.

For most, an EP with the shortest song at just 7 and a half minutes and the longest at nearly 12 minutes, would be too much to digest in one go but, Kindred almost serves as a mini-album as transitions in the tracks trick you into thinking that he’s moved onto the next song. ‘Loner’ transforms from an extra-terrestrial icy ambient-electronic track to a sludgy dark electronic club-ready tune, and then just when you’re immersing yourself in the dizzying loops, Burial cuts you off short and reigns it into more familiar territory, introducing haunting vocal samples and the sound effect of an aircraft taking off.

‘Ashtray Wasp’ is more experimental as Burial merges a garage drum beat with Massive Attack-esque soulful vocal snippets and a pulsating electronic beat. Although he chops and changes several times, adding and taking away elements over the near 12 minute period. Every bit as atmospheric and idiosyncratic as his previous output, Burial showcases his diversity on Kindred but hones in when needed. Let’s hope that record three is on its way, because the anticipation in even bigger now that we have a rough idea of what it will sound like – a natural progression and move forward for the South London electronic producer.