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Verve Remixed: The First Ladies

vervecover2The video for Zeds Dead’s remix of Nina Simone’s Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood has just premiered over on Vevo: http://vevo.ly/rNtIyb

The groundbreaking Verve Remixed series is back with Verve Remixed: The First Ladies, out now 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 is considered by many to be the best remix 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 sad 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 US. 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 one million tracks worldwide, resonating both with fans of the original recordings and with a new untapped fan base who are drawn to the producers showcased on the albums.

vervecoverThe single is part of the incredible Verve Remixed: The First Ladies album, out now: Verve Remixed: The First Ladies – track listing

1. Ella Fitzgerald – Too Darn Hot (RAC mix)

2. Astrud Gilberto – Fly Me To The Moon (Kaskade remix)

3. Sarah Vaughan – Please Mr. Brown (Pontus Winnberg of Miike Snow remix)

4. Nina Simone – Feeling Good (Bassnectar remix)

5. Marlena Shaw – Women Of The Ghetto (Flume’s Jackin House mix)

6. Nina Simone – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (Zeds Dead remix)

7. Billie Holiday – My Man (Toro Y Moi remix)

8. Astrud Gilberto and Walter Wanderley Trio – So Nice (Azari & III remix)

9. Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Jericho (C2C remix)

10. Nina Simone – Put A Spell On You (Pretty Lights remix)

11. Ella Fitzgerald – Blue Skies (Maya Jane Coles remix)

12. Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto – Corcovado (Tokimonsta remix)

13. Dinah Washington – I’ve Got You Under My Skin (DJ Carnage & Victor Niglio remix)

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