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Thursday, Nov 05 2009 | 14:26 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

6738If you’re The Upbeats, you never know when inspiration is going to hit, or leave you curled up on the floor with laughter-induced abdominal muscles pains.

And in this particular scenario, their inspiration was a whispered Brazilian ghetto story related to them by a friend. The story of the Caveraos (English translation: Big Skeleton), a super-tank full of Navy Seal trained Brazilian gang members known to terrorise the favelas of Rio De Janeiro, or on good days, distribute Nike sneakers and free cable. Sounds fucked up right?

Anyway, as you’ve probably gathered by now, The Upbeats were suitable taken with this story, and having already floated the idea of a haunted-house album, decided to title their third album “Big Skeleton”, out of homage to the Caveraos; and horror in general. Be it the haunted click’n’bass soul of “Bones” (featuring Ned Worboys of Harbour City Electric), the sub-grinding, stream-of-consciousness narrative driven breakbeat insanity of “Carousel” (featuring MC Kemo from Germany), their speaker-rupturing foray into dubstep on “Macabre” (co-produced by the mysterious Crushington) or the drum’n’folk atmospherics of “Through The Night” (featuring award-winning country singer Jess Chambers); “Big Skeleton” lives in equal balance between the headphone headspace and the mindset of the club, which is a rare and terrifyingly beautiful combination in drum & bass. And that’s not even touching on the collaborations with State of Mind or Japanese rapper Cardz.

This November with “Big Skeleton”, The Upbeats wake the dead, and the whispered terror walks once again. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

“Two of the most innovative and versatile producers on todays scene. Whenever I get something new from these guys I instantly stop what I’m doing, knowing full well I am just about to hear something totally fresh.” Marcus Intalex

“Once again redefining the future sound of neuro funk nastiness. Buy on sight!” Dieselboy

“Everything these guys do demands immediate attention. Drop whatever you’re doing and go grab “Big Skeleton” … sick, sick, sick! They specialize in dance floor artillery of serious weight as we all know from their releases in the past. This album is no different and is a brilliant testimony to their talents. Also includes one of the best dubstep tunes I ever heard … Ship It!” Ed Rush


01. Big Skeleton
02. Ki Ki Kai Kai feat. Cardz
03. Planet Earth feat. State Of Mind
04. Bones feat. Ned Worboys
05. Bury Your Head
06. Under The Sky
07. Carousel feat. Kemo
08. Macabre feat. Crushington
09. The Unearthly
10. Ghost Radio
11. Noises
12. Laser Crypt
13. The City That Sleeps
14. Through The Night feat. Jess Chambers

The album The UpbeatsBig Skeleton” (Non Vogue) is going to be released November 20, 2009.

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