Billie Holiday is one of those voices that those who know KNOW. Most people are familiar with her for her cover of “Summertime”, which became her signature song to the masses long ago.
However, Kanye West has just sampled her version of “Strange Fruit” for his new song “Blood On The Leaves” (also folks, it’s POPLAR TREES, thanks!), and now she’s getting remixed by Verve’s EXCELLENT remix series, this one title The First Ladies. There’s a lot of sampling, of course, in hip-hop, so I wanted to take this time to expose you all to some originals and some newer songs outside of hip-hop so that you could become a citizen of the world and not just of the trap, musically.
Toro Y Moi has done a lot of great songs and versions of songs — including Alexander O’Neal & Cherrelle’s “Saturday Love” — he’s one of my favorite chillwave/electronic producers and artists as well. He took his sound and morphed it into Billie’s for this remix of “My Man”, and it’s great. The Verve Remixed: The First Ladies album also features a remix by Flume, who I love and adore.
After the jump, I made a playlist with the original “Strange Fruit”, Kanye’s “Blood On The Leaves” (which samples “Strange Fruit”), “My Man”, and also Toro Y Moi’s version of “Saturday Love” AND two of my favorite Flume songs, “Holdin’ On” & “Left Alone” with Chet Faker. Yeah, that’s a lot! Please note — it will be a Spotify link, but they are easily searchable on YouTube as well!