Who knew that the cold streets of Moscow could harbor one of the most tropical-minded producers out there right now? Meet Chuck Upbeat, an incredibly prolific beatmaker whose output covers the full global club spectrum (sometimes even in the same track), while always allowing his unique personality and style to shine through.After introducing his innovative take on global club genres on the Upper Cuts free download series with the track Jungles Alive, Chuck Upbeat follows up with a new 2-track EP on Enchufada called ‘The Ritual’. Opening with the ultra fast-paced beats of titular track The Ritual, the Russian producer expertly warps cuica loops over a maddening syncopated beat that references kuduro and baile funk at footwork speed, creating an intense and psychedelic dancefloor workout in the process. Sunrise Syndrome brings down the pace but keeps the intensity high on the flip side, bringing forward a UK funky vibe while lush and bittersweet synths swoop over a house-tempo beat, complete with afro-house inspired percussion and an emotive breakdown.
If it seems hard to believe that someone manages to cross so many musical and emotional references over two dancefloor-focused tracks, then you really need to get Chuck Upbeat’s latest work on your iPods right away and let your minds be blown by what the Global Club Music scene has to offer.