Electronica has always taken cues from jazz by sampling some of the greatest songs and standards to add another dimension of feeling and depth. Back in 2002, the Verve label, one of the greatest jazz labels took an idea of having DJ’s and remixers take jazz songs and make it accessible to a new generation. The format was such a success that other record labels (such a Motown) and artists (Shirley Bassey) have taken note and released remix albums of their own.
The fourth addition of the Verve remixed still delivers great chillout and trip-hop sounds. Some key pairings are The Cinematic Orchestra with Ella Fitzgerald on “I Get A Kick Out Of You” and Diplo with Marlena Shaw on “California Soul”. I love how Ella sings “I Get A Kick Out Of You” because normally, when this song is sung, it is at a faster, upbeat pace, but Ella creates a very intimate setting with her slow pace.
The album flows perfectly and adds a relaxing vibe for an ordinary day. Listening to Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan turns an ordinary day into something memorable. If you dig this album, I recommend you look into getting the first three remix albums as they are outstanding. If you are interested in hearing the original songs, the Verve releases unremixed albums along with the remixed. Whichever version you get, you won’t be disappointed.