Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Jazzy Beats To Move Your Feets

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Verve Remixed 3 is out and continues the course set by it's predecessors - the venerable Verve label's back catalog given the remix treatment by today's hot electronica talent. So you get people like Bent, The Postal Service, Lyrics Born, Junior Boys and Brazilian Girls all adding their thing to songs by Nina Simone, Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughan and Jimmy Smith. This volume also continues the hit and miss tradition of the others - I don't really care for a few of the tracks. But there are a couple that really make me groove - RJD2's remix of the lovely Astrud Gilberto's The Gentle Rain is bumping hip hop with sweet beats and cool, rolling piano riffs. It sounds very akin to the stuff on his latest album. I also dig the Sugardaddy (Tom Findlay from Groove Armada & Tim Hutton) remix of Shirley Horn's Come Dance With Me - a nice house-y disco beat, jazzy piano riffs and Shirley's lovely vocals. Overall a decent set of tunes with a few duds.

1 comment:

Saj said...

After Verve Remixed 2, I expected a slow-ish agonising death for the series.. but this is excellent.

Great site as well- thank you.