Having wowed tastemakers across the board with her debut album, “Barefoot In Your Kitchen”, in 2012 (Gilles Peterson made it his Album of the Week a year ago) saucy songstress and culinary linguist Bev Lee Harling returns with a one-off single covering one of her favourite songs of all time.
The Peggy Lee classic, “Why Don’t You Do Right?”, was recorded by many artists in the 1950’s and 60’s, including Della Reese, whose version provided the inspiration for this take, but seemed to have become a bit of a forgotten gem for contemporary recording artists, until now that is.
This limited edition 7-inch release features a pair of cracking mixes from two of Europe’s finest production outfits with an ear for a classic tune and a touch of jazz.
Italy’s Suonho has found fame recently with his tasteful edits, on-point remixes and his recent re-versions of Brazilian classics. Here he takes Bev’s interpretation to the dance floor with a bass heavy four-to-the-floor mix that will please jazz and house heads alike.
On the flip, our very own Colman Brothers are back, adding a little of their trademark ‘Cha Cha’ magic to Bev’s sassy vocals, and creating a mid-tempo shuffler that should please fans of both them and the lady herself!
The original vocal version is also available via an accompanying digital package, and should help stave off the hunger for more Bev Lee Harling material until her new album drops in early 2014.
“I really, really like this!” Gilles Peterson, BBC 6Music (UK)
“I really love Bev’s voice and generally like her unique sound! She really does have a great sound that stands out & grabs me!” DJ Format (UK)
“A luscious mix of lounging soul, pots’n’pans percussion and kitchen sink drama.” Wrongtom, Tru Thoughts (UK)
“This is incredible! Bev has a lovely voice and the music is amazing..A modern day take on Eleanor Rigby?!” Jake Wherry, The Herbaliser (UK)
“Colman Brothers remix is outstanding!” Renegades Of Jazz (Wass Recordings, Germany)
“A very nice, super slinky update on the Lil Green classic” Nick Luscombe, BBC Radio 3/ Flomotion (UK)
“Can’t stop playing the Suonho remix. Love it !!!!” Big Budd (Jungle legend, UK)
“What can I say about this brilliant artist? She’s able to give new life to this song with a unique style! Also, the remixes are amazing!” Cesare Cera (Black Mighty Wax, Italy)
“Splendid stuff. Bang into the remixes. The Colman Brothers remix has a nice Caro Emerald vibe to it. Full support!” Diesler (UK)
“I love Bev Lee’s voice, full of soul and so gentle, great release..Wah Wah 45’s forever.” DJ Niksa Dragolin (Radio Eurostar, 101.7FM, Croatia)
“Spine tingling! – All the mixes are great, a rarity nowadays…” Pimpernel Jones (Herma Puma, First Word UK)
“Very nice release ! i like the Suonho mix the most… and great artwork as well!” Ralf Zitzmann (Agogo Records, Germany)
“This is probably my favourite thing from Bev. Great original version and well chosen mixes. Tight work!” DJ Gilla (First Word, UK)
“A great release from Bev Lee Harling – my top favourite is Suonho’s version, directly followed by the Colman Brothers Cha Cha Remix.” Sven Thomschke / ‘Dr.Best’ (Radio Z, Germany)
“All three versions on this release are ace, Ms Harling’s voice is amazing on all three!” Georgios Paroglou (It’s Just Music! Greece)
“Why Don’t You Do Right? is not a question I can ever pose to Bev Lee Harling – the girl can do no wrong. Suonho dishes up dessert on the flip side with this fresh cut complete with jazz house trimmings to accompany Bev’s syrupy vocals while maintaining the integrity of the original composition.” Baz Hickey (Boogie An Domhain/Set It Off, Dublin, Ireland)
“Thanks you! I’ll be playing this at the Esperanza Spalding show in Calgary in June. Nice work by Suonho as well, the man has class.” DJ Tom Mannix (Canada)
“This is great, a really well done version, love that stripped-back sound of souly vocals and strings, the 2 remixes are really good also will probably end up playing all three versions in the coming weeks, wicked stuff !!” Michael Shea (Kane FM, UK)
“If Bernard Herman had scored this jazz classic for a Hitchcock thriller comedy … surely this would have been the result.!! Typical understated cheeky strings and delivered with a smoothness, I have come to expect from this jazzy classy lassy !!! Love it …” DJ Toon (Australia)
“Wow what a fantastic release! Such a fantastic cover from Bev who’s vocals are spot on! Covers are always tough to do as when they don’t work they either come out sounding too far off from the original or very cheesy. I feel Bev has really “made it her own” as they say and I really like her take on the track. Well done, great stuff!
I am really loving the Gotan Project style remix from The Colman Brothers! Suonho remix has such a wicked sound (big bass!) to it and is definitely my favourite of this package but all three are great. Great job as always! I’m looking forward to supporting these on my shows.” DJ Nelson Ramalho (UK)
“All very very good – Suonho just edges it for me though. Great voice, great track.” DJ John Cush (UK)
“Pretty nice!!!” Markus Milz (Further In Fusion, Germany)
Radio play from Andrew Jervis (Bandcamp); Roni Fialkow (Pop Lock show, InvaderFM); Higher Club (Spain); Jason Pulaski (KUCI 88.9FM, USA); Mans Stromberg (Radio Helsinki, Finland); Toshio Matsuura (Radio Tokyo Moon, InterFM, Tokyo / Yokahama, Japan); Up’n’Loud Radio (Greece / Germany) http://musica-re.blogspot.gr/2013/06/summer-2013-airplay.html; Kane FM (UK); Andy Williams, The Goods Radio Show, 90.3fm (Montreal, Canada);
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