Part two of the Upbeats’ De-Evolution trilogy is about to break out, and it comes as no surprise that the offering is astounding. Gluing together five tracks written in three countries—including the Netherlands, London and the group’s homeland of New Zealand—the Upbeats once again outdo themselves with the second helping of brutal and raw D&B.
The headstrong “Joyrider” brings on the theatrics with chaotic dancefloor energy and bursting kicks and snares before “Mediums” leads in with an exhilarating build up dropping into a nasty minefield of bass frequencies. With a title like “No Surprises” we knew this tune would be something special; from the lazy drum patterns to the menacing vibe, this track it truly is a memorable one.
“Babylon” features a stern intro verse from Foreign Beggar Orifice Vulgatron and could very well be the deadliest on the EP with heavy oscillating militant bass. The gorgeous “Say Go” (with New Zealand’s Mara TK) creates perfect synergy with emotive vocals and edgy arrangement rounding out the EP beautifully.
While the Upbeats are always pushing finely crafted productions, De-Evolution II captures the grittier sounds of drum & bass and reaches further into the dark corners of our beloved and championed sound.
Order De-Evolution II here at Vision Recordings HQ and enjoy the YouTube playlist below.