I don’t know if the great down under has always had this many talented artists, or if I’m just beginning to find them as of late, but either way, Australia and New Zealand are packing some serious heat lately. We’ve brought you music from some of the continent’s finest, including Opiuo and Blunt Instrument, but today I have a newcomer to Funkadelphia: The Upbeats. This mighty New Zealand duo already has an impressive catalog, but today they’re adding to it. The Rituals EP offers five brand new tracks, each thundering with its own unique sound, but keeping one element consistent: drum & bass. I guess The Upbeats is an appropriate title for these two, because every track is certainly upbeat. This is no ordinary drum & bass though, as The Upbeats are slinging around wild sound design like it’s their job (oh wait… it is their job). Nevertheless, this record is packed with bombs, and if you’re feeling skeptical, then allow me to enlighten you. You can stream clips from three of the release’s tracks below, as well as the full version of “Corposant”, which you can also grab as a FREE download! So come on, jump in, and join the fun.
The Upbeats – Rituals EP — Buy on Beatport
Funkadelphia Picks: “Replacement”, “Corposant” & “Def Crescent”
01) “Rituals” [Preview] — Buy on Beatport
02) “Def Crescent” — Buy on Beatport/Preview
03) “Epsilon” (feat. InsideInfo) [Preview] — Buy on Beatport
04) “Replacement” [Preview] — Buy on Beatport