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Armand Van Helden, Riva Starr and Sharlene Hector have dropped the official video for their collaborative single ‘Step It Up’, out now. Directed by Sammy Rawal, the feelgood official video for ‘Step It Up’ tells the tale of roller skater Livvy, who multiplies into hundreds of identical clones as she skates blissfully amidst aqua blue skies. The track’s vocalist Sharlene Hector also makes an appearance, singing along to her soaring vocals.
‘Step It Up’ has received strong radio support since its release, with BBC Radio 1 tastemaker Annie Mac initially premiering it as her ‘Hottest Record’. It has since been supported by fellow Radio 1 DJs Pete Tong, Danny Howard and Arielle Free, as well as Capital Weekender’s MistaJam amongst others. Riva Starr also dropped a ‘VIP Warehouse Mix’ of the track earlier this month.
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. 2020 has seen him boldly return to the spotlight. In March, his single ‘Give Me Your Loving’ was playlisted by BBC Radio 1, he then collaborated with Solardo and Herve on club smash ‘Power Of Bass’ and recorded a 30 minute mini-mix on BBC Radio 1 as part of their ‘Big Weekend’ coverage in Ibiza.
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 few. His broad musical portfolio has seen him release various EPs on labels such as Hot Creations, Cajual and Defected among others, as well as remixing the likes of Carl Cox, Groove Armada, London Grammar and Duke Dumont.
A celebrated singer-songwriter in her own right, Sharlene Hector has fronted Brit Award-winning electronic outfit Basement Jaxx since 2001. She has also collaborated with a long and varied list of artists, including Clean Bandit, Royal Blood, PrimalScream, The Horrors, Wretch 32, NatashaBedingfield, Nicole Scherzinger, Mark Ronson and Paloma Faith. More recently she lent her flawless vocals to Duke Dumont’s ‘Therapy’ and Dimension’s ‘Saviour’, singles that have amassed over 15 million streams between them.
Full of bright, blissful visuals, the official video for ‘Step It Up’ perfectly matches the vibe of the track.