While the the general consensus among reviews of the recent Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana are anything but positive, the release has been a golden opportunity to bring the soulful singer’s incandescent discography back into the limelight.
1. “Sinnerman” – Nina Simone (Sharam Jey & Jon Sine Remix)
Felix Da Housecat’s Heavenly House Mix is a classic uptempo version of Simone’s song, but Sharam Jey and Jon Sine take it it one level deeper. Like – to deep house. This song provides the option to get down on a dance floor in case we never find out exactly where Sinnerman is going to run. It’s always nice to have a plan B.
2. “The Ballad Of Hollis Brown” – Nina Simone (Super Flu ReDings)
Monaberry magnates, Super Flu, pay homage in this tech-tinged retouch of “The Ballad of Hollis Brown”, originally written by Bob Dylan. The German duo are known to keep their attitudes about themselves light, and show equal restraint here by adding a percussive layer that isn’t heavy handed.
3. “Feeling Good” – Nina Simone (Nicolas Jaar Edit)
In true Nicolas Jaar form, this downtempo edit of the classic “Feeling Good” still manages to add enough drive that the listener is left to wonder if birds aren’t the only thing flying high. And I mean that in the best way possible.