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Worshipping at the Altar of Ultra Naté

by JC Alvarez
Friday Aug 9, 2013

With her 20-some years as a recording artist, song writer and producer Ultra Naté has done her share to shape the sound on the club house scene. Her 1997 anthem "Free" solidified her place as an international phenomenon when the track took over the top of the charts - it became a crossover success, charting all over the world including the UK, France, Spain and Italy before entering in the Top 40 on Dance/Radio.

With her latest album "Hero Worship," her first full-length work in 6 years, Ultra Naté is yet again crafting the club sound set to inspire a new generation of night-crawler. All those preparing to lay hands on the high priestess of the EDM/house club have been warned. Only the faithful are welcomed to worship on the beats of Ultra Naté and this time around she is bringing with her an unparalleled message of empowerment.

"Most of the time we define ’hero worship’ as idolizing someone else," Ultra Naté explained, "for me, it’s about finding your own power - all the ups and downs that we experience as a society that keep pushing and pulling - defining that inner strength."

With her command of bass lines and flawless fusion of synth effects and rhythms, Ultra Naté has formulated a repertoire of densely defiant tracks that are unrivaled among her piers. On this album, she has demonstrated that she can effortlessly tackle dubstep - check out "Hey DJ" featuring DJ Class and the latest single "Everybody Loves the Night" - while remaining relevant and true to her electro-house roots. "Unconditional" and "Turn It Up" both happily evoke the warmth of Ultra Naté’s vocal veracity; the songs have the joy that her fans have come to expect on the club floor.

We Need a Hero...

"Hero Worship" also benefits from the artist’s career-spanning connections and has her collaborating with dance and EDMs most notorious producers and remixers. Tracks from longtime friends including Todd Terry delivering his signature bass-bumps and percussions on "Right Now," David Morales takes "Planet Called Love" to new heights, and Tony Moran brings it all home with the WAWA re-imagining of his hit "Destination." There’s no question that what Ultra Naté worships is the beat, especially as presented by these hit makers. Perhaps they are the heroes eluded to in the album’s title.

"We need heroes now more than ever before," said Ultra Naté in the press release for "Hero Worship." "We need healers and preachers. People to teach the world that the only way to achieve personal fulfillment is by giving back." In the short film "Worshiping the Hero Within" available as a bonus feature on the Deluxe Edition of the downloadable album, Ultra Naté is seen sweating it out in the gym, hitting the boxing ring as hard as she does the studio. Her efforts are meant to prove that with hard work anything is possible.

This album is her latest collection of new dance music in 6 years. Working with her longtime music producer and label manager Bill Coleman, Ultra Naté was seeking a symphonic blend for this project that was distinct, and still organic to her. "Sometimes things don’t start exactly where I want it," she said. "For me I either really love my work, or absolutely hate it. I have to let things fully realize before they get shelved." Ultra Naté depended on Coleman to push her, especially outside of the walls of her own comfort level. "You have to have people around you whose opinions you trust and have your best interests at heart - at the end of the day you have to follow your gut."


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