House music legend Armand Van Helden has linked up with eclectic Italian DJ and producer Riva Starr and UK soul favourite Sharlene Hector on new single ‘Step It Up’.
Combining euphoric piano chords, rave-evoking breakbeats and Hector’s soaring vocals, ‘Step It Up’ successfully channels a feel good old-school house vibe with serious crossover appeal.
Discussing the collaboration, Van Helden said: “I’ve known Riva Starr since forever ago and we always wanted to collaborate. Glad we did, couldn’t have been more fun!”
Listen to ‘Step It Up (feat. Sharlene Hector)’ by Armand Van Helden & Riva Starr on the Official F1 Tracks playlist on Spotify.
Not forgetting Sharlene Hector, who has fronted Brit Award-winning electronic outfit Basement Jaxx since 2001. She has also collaborated with a long and varied list of artists, including the likes of Clean Bandit, Royal Blood and Primal Scream. Accompanied by two legends of the house scene, it’s no real surprise that ‘Step It Up’ sounds like a future classic.
With a career spanning three decades, Armand Van Helden is one of house music’s most
recognisable figures, receiving Grammy nominations and topping the UK Singles charts on
no fewer than four occasions.
Hailing from Naples but now East London based, Riva Starr is not only known as founder of widely renowned Snatch! Records, but also for his vast catalogue of hit tracks such as the No.1 topping single ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat’ with Fatboy Slim and Beardyman, and collaborations with the likes of Green Velvet, Jocelyn Brown and Horace Andy to name a
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