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On the Download: Ultra Naté, "Turn It Up"

On the Download: Ultra Naté, "Turn It Up"

This new one from Ultra Naté's upcoming album

Hero Worship

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is exactly what to expect from the Baltimore house diva: a big, bright celebration of all-night dancing and favorite songs, anchored by an unabashed house thump and some disco strings. About the only thing "modern" here is a polite touch of Auto-Tune, and even that's more Daft Punk (or at least, David Guetta), than the moan-y R&B stuff that's completely driven the sound into the ground. Not to mention, progressive vocal house is just pop music right now anyway--see: every Lady Gaga single, every other Rihanna single-- so this is simply doing the subgenre good and proper. Ultra Naté doesn't rush to the fist-pumping hook like the pop stars dabbling in house. She keeps the focus on the dance-music journey, and at "Turn It Up'"s midpoint it turns into this airy, stretched-out bridge of hook, chopped vocals, and pretty raw-sounding synths, and stays there to the end. Another subtle nod to the current pop climate is Ultra Naté's decision to shorten and lighten up her vocals. It's certainly more casual than the smoky, belting-it-out on stuff like

and

but that fits this faster-paced recording and welcomes remixers

who are you know, totally whatever, but important nonetheless. Call it the DJ Class "I'm the Ish" model: Do what you do best and keep the pop concessions to a minimal. You can download from Ultra Naté's "Turn It Up"

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