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Exclusive Premiere: The Upbeats – Replacement



It’s finally Friday and as we gear up for what looks set to be another momentous Bank Holiday weekend we’ve got the perfect thing to get us in the mood for the shenanigans of the next few days as we’ve hooked up Black Sun Empire’s Blackout imprint to exclusively share a fresh cut from New Zealand bass masters The Upbeats. Following on from the release of State Of Mind’s brilliantly titled ‘Eat The Rich’ LP from which we premiered album cut ‘Put It On’ we thought it was only right we teamed up with Blackout again to share a slice of their latest DnB-flavoured transmission from The Upbeats.

Entitled ‘Rituals’ we’ve been enjoying the hard-hitting new five-tracker in the office and have been using to perk up the staff whenever energy levels have begun to wane.

Having released on a number of coveted imprints since releasing their debut LP on New Zealand’s ‘Loop Recordings’ back in 2004 including Bad Taste and their brilliant ‘Primitive Technique’ album on Noisia’s Vision Recordings label , The Upbeats have carved out a glowing reputation for keeping their music strictly authentic and their latest EP perhaps serves as some of their most pertinent tracks to date.

For us the pick of the bunch is the melody-rich dubstep leaning ‘Replacement’ which we’ve secured for today’s premiere.

Big, bold and certain to rank as some of the freshest DnB currently on the market, The Upbeats ‘Rituals’ EP is the perfect follow up to State Of Mind’s ‘Eat The Rich’ and suggests that the resurgent Blackout’s current purple patch shows no sign of abating anytime soon.

Out May 5th via Beatport you can check out The Upbeats ‘Replacement’ from the Ritual EP below:

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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