Followup to breakthrough project features today's top DJs remixing classics from Verve's vaults
On Tuesday, September 9th, 2003, Verve Records will release Verve Remixed 2, the followup to last year's highly successful Verve Remixed. Available on CD and vinyl, Verve Remixed 2 features some of the hottest DJs on the scene remixing and reinterpreting classics from Verve Records' legendary catalog.
An impressive and eclectic group of DJs worked their magic for Verve Remixed 2. Gotan Project are a unique collective of French and Argentinian musicians who play instruments from the classic tango tradition and fuse them with modern dance beats. Their rendition of Sarah Vaughan's "Whatever Lola Wants" is a playful standout. San Francisco's Miguel Migs, who was worked with Macy Gray and Britney Spears, takes on Ella Fitzgerald ("Slap That Bass") here. Underground phenomenon Herbert (aka Matthew Herbert, Doctor Rockit, Radio Boy) decorates Oscar Brown, Jr.'s "Brother Where Are You" with hand-claps, beats, and vocal textures.
One of the most in-demand DJ/remixers around, Felix da Housecat shines on "Sinnerman" by the late Nina Simone. The acclaimed DJ'never mind being named best DJ by Urb, Spin, and Rolling Stone; he is also a GRAMMY'-nominee'has created an instant hit with this catchy, driving interpretation. "Sinnerman ' Heavenly House Mix" will be the first single from Verve Remixed 2, and will be available on 12" vinyl.
Other contributors to Verve Remixed 2 include: The Funky Lowlives, who kick off the collection with Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca"; DJ Spinna, here breaking open Betty Carter's "Naima's Love Song"; the Swedish duo Koop, who give "Here's That Rainy Day" by Astrud Gilberto a lively makeover; and Fila Brazilia, who show off their technique on Cal Tjader's "Soul Sauce."
Verve Remixed 2, which also features the Layo & Bushwacka remix of "Angel Eyes" (Ella Fitzgerald), Mr. Scruff's Soul Party mix of "Do What You Wanna" (Ramsey Lewis), Dan the Automator's remix of "Fried Neckbones and Some Home Fries" (Willie Bobo), the Metro Area Birthday dub of Hugh Masakela's "Mama," and the Jaffa remix of Nina Simone's "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair," was produced by Dahlia Ambach Caplin and Jason Olaine of The Verve Music Group.
Once again, Verve will release a low-priced companion disc feature all the original versions of these classic songs. Verve Unmixed 2 will also be available on September 9, 2003.