Beat Rivals feat. Natasha Watts : Lift Your Voice

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Full Support : Release Date 03rd April 2015

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Beat Rivals feat. Natasha Watts : Lift Your Voice

2015 – Rival Beats Records

Beat Rivals feat. Natasha Watts : Lift Your Voice


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Soulshy and Krazy K, aka Beat Rivals, join forces once again with UK Soul sista Natasha Watts on their positive soulful outing ‘Lift Your Voice’. Natasha’s sweet tones carry a firm message that talk of unity and confidence, backed by a groove saturated with sunshine beats, warm keys and funky guitar licks. Soulshy works up one of his magical mixes complete with live drums, a funky bassline from the legend Gene Perez, along with smooth brass melodies and jazzy vibes, giving a live feel to the song; whilst partner in crime Krazy K delivers a heavenly slice of deep fused Soulful House, drizzled with bubbling electronica and pretty melodies.
« This has been an amazing project, to work with Natasha again along with so many great musicians has been very inspiring and enjoyable » – Beat Rivals

Rival Beat Records is a London based imprint owned by production duo Beat Rivals, with a focus on releasing good quality House music with a soulful edge. Beat Rivals, aka Soulshy and Krazy K, draw on a collective of influences from Soul, Garage, 80’s classics and club music, fusing individual styles into a single groove. The friendly rivalry between the pair is most noticeable on their original projects where along with a collaborative mix they each provide an individual mix. Between them they play a range of instruments with Soulshy on bass guitar, trombone and percussion and Krazy K playing keyboards, guitar, percussion and drums. Working together since the early 90’s, the two launched the Rival Beat label in 2011 with their debut single Beat Rivals feat. Flexie Muiso ‘Why Do I’, winning the hearts of the Soulful house fraternity. Beat Rivals re-launched the label in 2013 with ‘If I Could’ featuring the vocal talents of Lifford Shillingford, which came with remixes by Circle of Funk and UK Funki don, Major Notes. Since then the duo have gone on to work with many respected producers and artists including Billy McGee, Toni Economides, Karl “Tuff Enuff” Brown, James Lavonz, CeCe David, Natasha Watts and Y Tribe with successful releases on labels including Rival Beat, 2TUF4U, Soulfunktion, 659 Records and Entice. The boys are currently locked in the studio working on further delights with some very exciting artists for 2015, watch this space!

Having released her debut self titled solo album to great acclaim last year, Natasha Watts is in demand more than ever for her vocal talents and vivacious stage presence. She’s worked with Josh Milan, Reel People, Bugz In The Attic¹s Kaidi Tathum, Speedometer, Richard Earshaw, Mark Evans, Michelle Weeks, Jamie Lewis, Manoo, Distant People, Beat Rivals, Nervous, Barcoda, Yam Who? and most recently with DJ Spen, on his acclaimed album ‘Transition’ on the track ‘I know’. Her live shows have taken her to IPM, Amalfi Conference, Moscow, Croatia and Miami WMC, her sell out concert at London’s Jazz Café, not to mention all the various international Soul festivals she has now graced, including Blackpool Soul and Southport Weekender.


Manutek’s Review

Natasha Watts retrouve le duo des Beat Rivals (Soulshy & Krazy K) pour cette superbe ballade Soulful déclinée en trois excellentes versions (plus les radio edits correspondants).

L’Original Mix tout d’abord, chaud et généreux, riche de multiples instruments dont la basse du célèbre guitariste Gene Perez.

Guitare funky que l’on appréciera d’ailleurs encore un peu plus sur l’intro du Soulshy Mix:star:

Le mix de Krazy K sonne un peu plus deep voire electro avec une synth bass triturée et une instrumentation plus minimaliste.

Les trois versions valent assurément le détour et Lift Your Voice continue avec brio la série des bonnes releases publiées depuis 2011 sur Rival Beats

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