Tennerz: Natasha Watts – Everything (Louie Vega Remix) (Vega Records)
Louie Vega is gifted with a rare ear. This being for much on his status as one of the most talented DJ’s and producers in the world. With such a hectic schedule, one could wonder whenever he finds time to keep an ear on so many pieces of music around. From nowadays’ jams to yesteryear’s classics. Not to mention obscure choons!
A little research work and one can realize this beautiful composition isn’t totally new. With shame on us here at IDMW for havin’ passed on it at the time! ‘Everything’ as a matter of fact got released back in March 2015 under the THR33 guise with Natasha Watts taking the centerstage. And what a blast this happened to be, blending Acid Jazz elements over a House beat. With producers N’Dinga Gaba, Ross Hillard and Tom Wardle bringing us back to the souvenir of bands such as Abstract Truth… Remember ‘We Had A Thing’ with Monique Bingham. In other words, it definitely had… ‘Everything’!
Everything was undoubtedly beautiful on this, and the same applies to its rework by the likes of Louie Vega. Something which is far from being a surprise from a talent of such a caliber. The man coming up with a somehow smoothened approach sprinkled with smooth keys. Therefore putting its emotional content to some different level.
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Hailing from humble origins, which helped furnish the soul and the mahogany tones of this unique vocalist, Natasha Watts has been immersed, active and successful in the music industry for some time now.
Although she started singing at an early age, it was performing arts that was her first passion. She trained in ballet/tap/jazz dance. Singing never became a priority until she discovered she had a voice… A powerful, almost precocious one that defied her tender age.
With a DJ as a father and a Soul insane sister, Natasha got heavily influenced by Soul, Reggae, Jazz and Rhythm & Blues. As a result, she soon became familiar with every rare groove and Soul track well before her years. Eventually drewing early inspiration from Soul legends such as Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston.
At the age of 16, Natasha teamed up with Roame Lowrey (percussionist with Maze and Frankie Beverley). The latter took her under his wing and across the Atlantic to experience recording and help nurture and develop her talent as a young recording artist.
Whilst in the States Natasha worked in a stage musical and performed with Kirk Franklyn & The Family. Although this was the embryonic stages of her career, it transpired to be a fruitful period in both her talent and development. As a result, the inspiration she received from her then musical peers coaxed her down different musical avenues. She there discovered a new found love for Gospel and organic R&B.
Natasha‘s stay in the United States coincided with the arrival of her son, Taylor. And subsequently music for once had to take a back seat… But this was far from end of her musical expedition!
In 2006, she fronted Funk outfit Funkshone. They dropped just one album together before parting company with Natasha making the bold move to go it alone.
Natasha made it on to the UK Soul scene with her explosive voice with ‘Show Me’. A cut which marked her first collaboration with Cool Million. The Summer smash of 2012 ‘Back 2 U’ would quickly follow along with producer Ric Atari.
Natasha has been in demand more than ever for her vocal talents and vivacious on stage presence from then. Therefore, many well respected producers elicited her formidable talents as well as various fellow contemporary songwriters. Natasha has a publishing deal with Kinetic Music.
2012/13 were and are equally busy for Natasha when she supported the legendary Betty Wright at various gigs all over Britain. It coincided with her second consecutive appearance at the Southport Weekender. Something of a rarity for an artist.
Watts released her debut album in February 2014 under the SedSoul label. With an award winning No.1 self-titled album and top chart singles, such as ‘Change’, ‘Go Slow’ and ‘Born A Star’.
She is an inspiration to aspiring Soul artists not just here in the UK but all over the world. She is renowned as one of the Britain’s most exciting and talented artists, writing all her own material.
Natasha has had over 30 soulful House / Afrobeat hit records, all of which are huge floor fillers on the club scene around the globe. Her album – ‘Natasha Watts’ – is a 12-track, foot stomping collection of well written musical greatness, oozing with Funk, Soul, and Jazz and features her trademark sultry soulful vocals.
– N’Dinga Gaba has been on the music scene for more than two decades as a DJ, producer, musician and composer.
Hailing from Central African Republic although based in Baltimore, MD, N’Dinga has embraced a variety of musical styles over his career. He has played with several symphony orchestras and Jazz bands as a trombonist. And as a DJ, he has toured with Hip-Hop and Rock acts. And he is most likely proficient in all styles of electronic music.
Also known as The Diplomat, DJ Nuclear, and The Love House Movement, N’Dinga’s musical style is hard to define. You can find his music and remixes on many labels, such as Foliage Records, Peng Records and Sole Channel. This in addition to Code Red / Quantize Recordings and King Street. Thus standing on an impressive amount of one of a kind pieces of music as a matter of fact.
Among the first productions / mixes of his coming to mind would certainly be ‘Until You’. A firing gem that saw him sharing the bill productionwise with Code Red label head DJ Spen. With Marc Evans takin’ the centerstage vocally speakin’ on this partial interpolation of George Benson‘s ‘Love Ballad’ back in 2012.
That same year (2012) seeing him crafting extra monsterjams for the label. From his magnetic remix of the vibrant ‘Let It Be Love’ by the likes of Mark Di Meo feat. Nickson. To both ‘Rocker’ and ‘Radio Billie Stereo Ella’ for Erin Leah. Even though the firts traces of him bring us back to 2007 and the release of ‘Queen’ along with Scotty P on SOLE Channel Music with remixes courtesy of Mr V and Reelsoul.
Hard to give a specific hat when speakin’ of the man, we said earlier on. Illustration with ‘Everything’ that saw him sharing the duties with producers Ross Hillard and Tom Wardle and singer Natasha Watts. This under the THR33 guise back in 2015 before receiving a remix courtesy of Louie Vega the year after. But also with ‘Beautiful Humans’ which he retouched for Boddhi Satva feat. Les Nubians in 2017. That same year seeing him reconditioning ‘Yum Yum’ for Luka feat. Sio Blackwidow which we eventually welcomed as our Single Of The Week back then.
2018 getting us to enjoy another blast of his. This under the form of the composite ‘Lifelines’ for Zo! feat. Dornik on Foliage Records.
In addition to this, N’Dinga has launched his own label – Global Diplomacy – by the end of 2014. Thus putting out extra jewels. From Namy feat. Miwa‘s ‘Lift Me Away’ to Troy Denari‘s ‘Tembaco’. Not to mention ‘Beautiful’ along with Jaidene Veda and Josh Milan, among others…
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