nina simone1Check out the video for Zeds Dead’s clever remix of The High Priestess of Soul – Nina Simone’s classic ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’.

The single is part of the brilliant ‘Verve Remixed: The First Ladies’ album (out now), which features tracks by legendary female artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Marlena Shaw, Astrud Gilberto and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

“Nina Simone makes me smile, cry, laugh and have a deeper sense of understanding myself all at the same time. Add to that, nearly every one of her songs has that kind of power. The ability to channel and express that kind of raw, spirit shaking soul every time she sings a song is, in my experience, incredibly rare,” said Derek Vincent Smith (aka Pretty Lights).

“I don’t think I’ve ever really sad this, but when I really think about it, there is no musician in all of time that has affected me like her. Real talk. The opportunity to remix her song I Put A Spell On You was an awesome opportunity and an indescribable experience. I hope I can do it again.”

The original tracks have been remixed by 13 of the hottest producers and DJs including Zeds Dead, Kaskade, Toro Y Moi, Pretty Lights, and Bassnectar.