Backed by legends and dedicated to quality music, no matter the size of the following. Evident through their consistent support of up-and-coming talents in VISION Radio as well as their debut MISSION compilation, Noisia’s VISION Recordings is an established platform dedicated to shining a light on talented creatives, with a handful of releases in 2021 that have truly blown us away. From promising young stars to veterans in the scene, one guarantee with VISION releases is top tier electronic music.
A personal favourite from this year’s arsenal is The Upbeats‘ high-octane roller titled ‘Realm,’ and now the Wellington-based duo are back on VISION with a follow-up single, ‘Divide.’ Legends in their own right and frequent collaborators with Noisia, The Upbeats have been releasing exquisite material for years now, and their experience is evident in their latest singles. While the soundscape behind ‘Realm’ is haunting and the meat of the track is more on the aggressive side, ‘Divide’ edges more on the emotive. Sylvee’s raw vocals provide a welcome introduction to this heartstring-pulling aura, before the duo build to a crescendo of rolling percussion, melodic undertones and danceable grooves. Not too complex with its ideas but executed to a tee, ‘Divide’ is perfect in that it primes listeners in the Northern Hemisphere for the impending summer, while equally providing warmth to those listening in the Southern Hemisphere.
Don’t miss it below.