Review: Ornette – Crazy (Noze Remix) (Extended Club Version)
A sure sign that you have just discovered a great track is when, upon hearing it, you are transported to a magical place. Today I was brought all the way over to a dance floor in an ice‐hotel somewhere in Europe, to a chilled venue lighted by colourful tones of reds, blues, pale yellows and hints of green.
I am sat in an alcove wearing gloves, a floor-‐length thick coat, and my dancing shoes. My seat is fashioned out of a block of ice, and drinks are automatically served on-‐ice (there is no other way for them to be presented). The track that has brought me here is Noze’s club remix of ‘Crazy’ (by Ornette), its underlying vibe warming my veins like an extra large shot Jagermeister.
Ornette is a female artist of French origin, whose true passion lies in Jazz. This clearly comes through in the opening bars of the track, where her vocals are used in a Belleville Rendezvous style, her harmonising tone forming the melody over the beat, like a chorus of owls singing in the grand hall of a monastery. This sound is used for the duration of the track and is the part (in addition to the voice) that gives this song its mesmerising quality. Hints of Vanessa Paradis can be heard in the inflections of Ornette’s voice, although this is due more to the origin of both artists than it is any form of emulation.
The arrangement laid down by Noze carries the groove of ‘Crazy’. There is a conscious use of percussion, placed in the right places and giving encouragement to the shy hip swinger; a gentle electronic flute sound which is typical of the French style; and a mid range tempo, one that offers you the perfect opportunity to either gracefully hit the dance floor or to stay in your seat, tapping your dressed-‐up foot in time to the beat.
I have chosen the latter. In a place as chilled as this one needs to ensure that she remains coolheaded. This track is cooked-‐up to perfection, ensuring that my desired level of respect and appreciation is easily displayed in the minimal of ways.
Review by Joanne St.Clair