NuNorthern Soul first caught our eye at the beginning of this year, with an imaginative release from BJ Smith. Covering two hip-hop classics, Dedication to the Greats EP added some extra soul to Mos Def’s Umi Says and Pharcyde’s Running, both definitely worth a listen if you haven’t yet. So although we’d never heard of Ragz Nordset, when NNS sent over news of their latest release we were pretty confident it would be worth a listen. Well that, coupled with the fact that it featured Ron Basejam, the man behind one of our favourite remixes of last year. If you’re looking for a repeat of his remix of It’s You, you’ll be a little disappointed, but then you’ll be missing the depth of Basejam’s tastes and talent. Building on the soulful tip of BJ Smith’s release, Basejam brings Nordset’s ethereal, Norse-accented vocals to the fore and slows it down to a Nicolas Jaar-like plod. The effect is more of a Balearic slow-burner than a strictly dancefloor groove, more suited to a beach set at a European festival than a dark club.
This rework is part of Ragz Nordset’s Sleepdancing Remixes EP, which also features a faster dub version from Ron Basejam and a remix from NNS’s BJ Smith. It’s out on 3 June and can be pre-ordered from NuNorthern Soul’s Bandcamp.