Noisia and The Upbeats have been making magic for years on noteworthy tunes like 2012’s “Dustup” and “Undertaker,” the 2015 Dead Limit EP, and more. They’ve ranged a wide span of drum ‘n’ bass subcategories over the years, bringing them to their most recent release, “Halcyon.”
The two groups call this production a “happy record,” and their description is correct. It’s decidedly more melodic than the preceding Noisia release with Phace, “non-responsive,” and clocks in at a little more than six minutes. An adventurous melody weaves in and out between the impeccably produced drum ‘n’ bass rhythm, giving the song a refreshing atmosphere. “Halcyon” is out now Vision Recordings.
Noisia announced they would disband as a group at the end of 2020, citing their evolution as artists over the past 20 years and their interest in pursuing other avenues.
“Noisia is a game that we’ve completed,” the group explained in a note on Sept. 17. “There’s very little left for us to explore together. Noisia is a beautifully consolidated shape. And we want to leave Noisia in that shape, rather than keep chiselling at it, with the risk of ruining it. A good artist should know when an artwork is finished.
Photo credit: Michel van Rossum