Released: 26th May, 2008
Label: Tru Thoughts
From the first note, “The Rising” drops you straight into the centre of a sonic melée. The powerful, chanted chorus, featuring Nathaniel Pearn (aka Natural Self ) on vocal duties, gives way to lead vocals written and performed by the eminent soul singer Andreya Triana, with an impossibly tasty, heavy-hitting hip hop beat (with a dubstep lilt and some cheeky snares in there for good measure) driving straight through the middle. Andreya Triana, definitely one to watch, was one of only 60 musicians worldwide to be selected for the 2006 Red Bull Music Academy and is now co-producing her first self-penned album with Bonobo.
The punchy horn stabs which permeate “The Rising” give a taste of the old-school funk music that has played such a consistently important role in Natural Self’s musical inspiration, and call to mind some of his earlier work for Tru Thoughts, such as his collaborations with “Alice Russell.“artists/alice-russell The A side of this 12” also features instrumental and a capella versions of “The Rising”, which both stand up as quality cuts in their own right.
Natural Self has previously received acclaim for the 2006 album ““Gravity””:http://www.tru-thoughts.co.uk/releases/The-Broken-Keys/TRU103 by The Broken Keys, his collaborative project with Nostalgia 77 on Tru Thoughts, on which he also made his first foray into singing. His debut solo album was released on Breakin’ Bread Records in the same year. This new single marks another move onwards in the continual development of Natural Self’s music. As a DJ, Natural Self has travelled around the UK and Europe extensively and his style has come to take inspiration from Latin and African music to add to his eclectic mix of old and new styles from around the world. Natural Self’s musical evolution over the years has seen him become increasingly in demand as a remixer, and he has previously worked his magic on tracks for the likes of Nicole Willis, Quantic, Abdominal and Elizabeth Shepherd.
The B side on this 12”, “In The Morning,” is a less hectic affair, but with a spritely Latin-house influenced beat, stunning trumpet solo by Fulvio Sigurta and irresistible vocals again from Andreya Triana it is still an upbeat summer club gem. The dynamic horn hook, co-written by Benedic Lamdin (aka Nostalgia 77), is so catchy it is destined to be bouncing around in clubbers’ heads long after they’ve stepped off the dancefloor.
Natural Self’s album “The Art Of Vibration” came out on 30th June and is available on CD and special 6-track Vinyl with full CD.