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REVIEW: Natural Self – My Heart Beats Like A Drum

06/10/2009

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What can I say … another great album from the Tru Thoughts camp (who are going to be all over my year end lists!).

Nathaniel Pearn (aka Natural Self aka Keno-1) combines hip-hop beats, brass-band soul, elements of funk and even a bit of dub-step on My Heart Beats Like  A Drum, his 3rd release under his Natural Self pseudonym. The majority of the tracks on the album are laid back instrumentals, including the latin flavour of ‘Days Get Brighter’ and the slightly ethereal feel of ‘Even Planets Get Lonely’, however the album really gains momentum when vocals are thrown in the mix. Nathaniel himself lends his voice to stand-out track ‘Every Day’ and he calls on the vocal talents of Elodie Rama (vocalist of French hip-hop group Hocus Pocus) to add her beautiful voice to three tracks including my favourite cut on the album, ‘Midnight Sun’.

Natural Self – Midnight Sun ft Elodie Rama

The combination of Nathaniel and Elodie is definitely a winning one, and it would have been nice to see her appear on a couple more tracks. Nathaniel has a very good track record of producing amazing songs when he pairs himself with a talented lady (he has worked with both Alice Russell and Andreya Triana) so it’s a shame he hasn’t used this to it’s full advantage here, however the album is still a stand-out in what has been a very good year in terms of new music.

Check out the Broken Keys remix of Natural Self & Andreya Triana’s ‘The Rising’ after the break.

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