Ultra Naté | Grime, Silk & Thunder
Blufire/Silver Label/Tommy Boy (US/world)
Release Date: May 22, 2007
Whether you were vogueing to her first record, the 1989 classic, "It's Over Now," claimed "Free" as "my song!" the summer of 1997 or just discovered her through her sleek new single, "Love's The Only Drug," singer Ultra Naté (her given name, by the way) once again beckons you to the dancefloor.
Baltimore powerhouse Ultra Naté introduces her most accomplished set to the world. Her latest offering "Grime, Silk & Thunder," is a spiritual journey through a life that celebrates glory, love, anguish, passion, joy, pain, and satisfaction. FULL PRESS RELEASE
With much anticipation and four albums under her belt, Ultra Naté delivers her fifth and strongest release to date with "Grime, Silk & Thunder." The album covers the spectrum from club-bangers and soulful house, to electro-boogie to pop gems and hybrid-disco. Ultra effortlessly revives the high energy and raw, soulful passion that's been all but forgotten on the dance floors. This is a much-welcomed return to form.
A state-of-the-dancefloor aesthetic is fueled by explosive productions and crisp textures making "Grime, Silk and Thunder" grand and solid. The 14-song collection features support from such luminaries as StoneBridge (who mixed the entire album), Andres Levin (Yerba Buena), Eric Kupper, Quentin Harris, Dajae, N'Dea Davenport (Brand New Heavies), Mood II Swing, Chris Willis (vocalist for David Guetta), Morgan Page and GoodandEvil (Naty Botero).
For the "heads," "Grime, Silk & Thunder" includes re-worked versions of Ultra's debut 1989/90 Basement Boys-produced singles "It's Over Now" and "Scandal." The album's Giorgio Moroder/Grace Jones-inspired first single "Love's The Only Drug" already went Top 3 on the Billboard Club Play charts. It's accompanying videoclip directed by photographer Eric Johnson is currently in rotation. The new single and video is an inspired electro-tinged cover of the Pointer Sisters beloved classic "Automatic." Songs like the dub-laced "Slow Grind," the groove-laden "Lethal Shot," the Philly soul-inspired "Getaway," the inimitably funky "Freak On," the anthemic "Give It All You Got" or the sweeping grace of "Loosely Based On" show Ultra experimenting with various electronic sonic textures and making them uniquely her own. FULL PRESS RELEASE