Whenever we’re following our muse and deciding to add vocals to one of our tracks, Tammy tends to call on two singers for inspiration, namely Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. They are two giants of American jazz, and their résumes reflect an unparalleled dedication to their art. Billie’s smokey voice and sparse arrangements lent a depth to her music few could match. Unfortunately, a weakness for drugs and alcohol and a number of abusive relationships stifled her career way too early.
If you’d like to check out her original recordings, you can start here with her classic “Strange Fruit”:
We are also big fans of Billie’s Verve Remixed repertoire, including Don’t Explain (dZihan & Kamien Remix), Speak Low (Bent Remix), Strange Fruit (Tricky Remix), Yesterdays (Junior Boys Remix) which can be accessed on Spotify here: