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“A melodic, synth-driven bit of radiant melancholy featuring vocals by Parisian singer Jack Lena.”
“That Parisian cool is still right at the forefront of “Make A Change”.
“The relaxing tune (‘Selfless’) pairs beautiful backing vocals with slick instrumentation in a cinematic way that hits just right.”
This Song Is Sick
“His moody, contemplative brand of electronic music is simultaneously accessible and deep, encouraging listeners to tap into emotions that are undiscovered or long tucked away.”
“If there was any doubt that wavy Persian-Parisian producer Uppermost, AKA Behdad Nejatbakhshe, is continuing the French trajectory of leading the electronic genre, this live production of “Step By Step” with Sôra should dispel all.”
“If you’ve been a fan of French house in the past five years, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Uppermost.”
‘Forever Present’ is a blistering return, searing electronics matched to an innate melodic touch.”
“Utilizing twinkling synths and a slow and steady marching bass, ‘Overcome’ sounds like wonder and imagination distilled into a three-minute song”
“The cheery single has the elements you expect from Uppermost with old-school Justice electro influences, French touch, some rolling snares in the break and cheery synths building and breaking alongside Sôra’s vocals.”
“The solid track (‘Every Human Is An Artist’) is built upon an expanding bass and airy vocals that lingers on top along with cascading chimes.”
Uppermost releases his new single ‘Fire Starter’ on 17 January via Uppwind Records. Uppermost has seen support from BILLBOARD, Complex, Dancing Astronaut, YourEdm, Paper Mag, Magnetic Mag, Clash Mag, This Song Is Sick, Earmilk and Discobelle. He has featured on tastemaker Youtube channels such as Mr Suicide Sheep, Tasty, xKito, Purely Chilled, Chill Masters, Saints Of Serenity, Silk Music, and Wobblecraft, and has racked up a staggering 50 million Youtube views, and over 50 million streams on Spotify. He has released official remixes for Dada Life, Lemaitre, and The Midnight, and has releases on Sony BMG and Ministry Of Sound, as well as his own prolific imprint Uppwind Records.
LABEL: Uppwind Records
LISTEN: Uppermost – ‘Fire Starter’
The prolific French producer (Behdad Nejatbakhshe) is guided by his Persian/ French heritage. Finding resonance in the Iranian freedom struggles against the fundamentalist regime, Uppermost focusses on respecting these influences while establishing positive emotion with his music. DJ, producer and label boss, Uppermost remains unrivalled in his ability to portray emotion through sound. Recently expanding into the world of filmography, Uppermost’s track, ‘Love’ was featured in an uplifting project directed by Joseph Carlin from Transfixion.
Since his teenage years Uppermost has been inspired by hard rock artists such as Rage Against The Machine, The Prodigy and similar bands. With the current events going on in his country of origin Iran, Uppermost felt the need to express a genuine feeling of revolt and rebelling against the status quo.
On ‘Firestarter’ Uppermost underlines his versatility as an artist, boldly experimenting with a fusion of electronica and rock. The track is at once dramatic and striking, delivering the impact of its sound unflinchingly. As immaculately crafted as anything else in his portfolio, ‘Fire Starter’s powerful and carefully considered soundscape celebrates nonconformity while accentuating Uppermost’s ability to remain innovative and original.
Speaking of the track Uppermost notes: “In the creative process, I have learnt that any idea or inspiration, no matter how useless it may sound, can trigger a big step towards a beautiful artwork if we act on it. ‘Fire Starter’ is a tribute to those elusive moments that can lead to the biggest changes in our lives if we value their power.”