Various Artists – Verve Remixed: The First Ladies (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Various Artists – Verve Remixed: The First Ladies (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 54:11 minutes | 634 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Verve

The groundbreaking Verve Remixed series is back with Verve Remixed: The First Ladies, set for release July 16th on Verve Records.  The all female compilation features 13 classic jazz tracks remixed by some of today’s most acclaimed DJs and producers.  Billboard has called Verve Remixed “one of the most successful brands in dance/electronic music” and it is considered by many to be the best remixed series of all time.

Verve Remixed: The First Ladies features tracks by legendary female artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington.  Marlena Shaw, Astrud Gilberto and Sister Rosetta Tharpe also have timeless songs included on the record.

“Nina Simone makes me smile, cry, laugh and have a deeper sense of understanding myself all at the same time.  Add to that, nearly every one of her songs has that kind of power.  The ability to channel and express that kind of raw, spirit shaking soul every time she sings a song is, in my experience, incredibly rare,” said Derek Vincent Smith (aka Pretty Lights).  “I don’t think I’ve ever really said this, but when I really think about it, there is no musician in all of time that has affected me like her.  Real talk.  The opportunity to remix her song, ‘I Put A Spell On You’ was an awesome opportunity and an indescribable experience.  I hope I can do it again.”

The original tracks have been remixed by 13 of the hottest producers and DJs including Zeds Dead, the Toronto based dubstep group, Kaskade, widely considered one of the most influential names in modern electronic music, critically acclaimed indie artist Toro Y Moi, electro hip-hop soul performer Pretty Lights and Bassnectar, one of the highest profile DJs in the U.S.

Verve Remixed, a compilation series created by Verve Records, brings the greatest producers and DJs today to create remixes of classic Verve jazz tracks.  The series has sold close to 1 million tracks worldwide, resonating both with fans of the original recordings and with a new untapped fanbase who are drawn to the producers showcased on the albums.

Like the other Verve Remixed compilations, as well as similar projects such as Motown Remixed and Mayfield: Remixed, Verve Remixed: The First Ladies is bound to provoke a negative reaction — or rejection on principle — from purists. As with those earlier releases, this is more about the remixers than it is the original artists. There’s so little of the latter that the tracks are more like new productions that merely sample them. Even if it’s approached as an everyday compilation from this motley assortment of EDM, dubstep, house, left-field hip-hop, and indie electronic producers, there’s little reason to give it much attention. Earlier Remixed releases featured at least a handful of artists, such as Masters at Work and DJ Spinna, who are part of the lineage being honored, but here, there’s little connection to the past. Far too many of the vocals are misplaced to a comical (or infuriating) extent, stripped of context and emotion, hastily slapped over rote (if functional) dancefloor rhythms. It gets no worse than Zeds Dead’s version of Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and Flume’s “Jackin’ House Mix” of Marlena Shaw’s “Woman of the Ghetto,” neither of which seems to have been treated with any care or thought. Apart from the few atmospheric and graceful inclusions — namely Ella Fitzgerald’s “Blue Skies [Maya Jane Coles Remix]” and Stan Getz and João Gilberto’s “Corcovado [TOKiMONSTA Remix]” — nothing is worth hearing more than once. –Andy Kellman

01. Ella Fitzgerald – Too Darn Hot (RAC Mix) (03:10)
02. Astrud Gilberto – Fly Me To the Moon (Kaskade Remix) (05:44)
03. Sarah Vaughan – Please Mr. Brown (Pontus Winnberg of Miike Snow Remix) (03:51)
04. Nina Simone – Feeling Good (Bassnectar Remix) (03:46)
05. Marlena Shaw – Woman of the Ghetto (Flume’s Jackin House Mix) (03:45)
06. Nina Simone – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Zeds Dead Remix) (04:14)
07. Billie Holiday – My Man (Toro Y Moi Remix) (03:56)
08. Astrud Gilberto & Walter Wanderley Trio – So Nice (Summer Samba) (Azari & III Remix) (04:24)
09. Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Jericho (C2C Remix) (03:06)
10. Nina Simone – I Put a Spell On You (Pretty Lights Remix) (04:46)
11. Ella Fitzgerald – Blue Skies (Maya Jane Coles Remix) (05:37)
12. Stan Getz, Antônio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto & Astrud Gilberto – Corcovado (TOKiMONSTA Remix) (03:45)
13. Dinah Washington – I’ve Got You Under My Skin (DJ Carnage & Victor Niglio Remix) (04:02)


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