Norah Jones gets remixed by Beck, the Beasties, and Santigold

Norah Jones has enlisted a surprise roster of bold-faced rock and hip-hop names to remix tracks from her forthcoming CD The Fall, due November 17. “With the way things are nowadays in the record business, every outlet wants extra content,” the New York-based songstress tells EW. “So we decided to have people I admire do some remixes. The Beasties Boys did one, and Beck, and Santigold. I love Santigold. There are elements in her record that inspired me to try little things here and there. Some of her songs are great pop songs, but they have all these cool instruments on them and they sound kind of organic even though they’re electronic. Those were the kind of sounds I was going for on my album.”

Jones also revealed that she almost approached Beck to oversee The Fall, before ultimately hooking up with Tom Waits and Kings of Leon collaborator Jacquire King. “I had a wish list of a few people I wanted to play with,” she says. “I really wanted to work with Joey Waronker because I’ve always loved his drumming on the Beck records. Beck’s name came up a lot when we were trying to pick people for this record. At a certain point I almost thought, ‘Well, maybe I should just ask Beck to produce because I keep looking to work with the people he’s worked with.’ But I didn’t try.”

Are you excited about the idea of hearing Ms. Jones retooled by the Beck and crew? Or just looking forward to the release of her new one?

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  • couchgrouch

    I like Norah but I heard her new tune and it was a snoozer. producers won’t matter if the song’s lame. read the article on U2 in RS about all Edge’s guitar gizmos and various producers they brought in and how their stage does a 360. forget the fashionable producers, remixes and gadgets. an album starts with 10 or 12 great songs. which has been rare for about 25 years.

  • Sarah

    I’m just ready for her CD but this sounds like it might work…

  • Phil

    Doesn’t shcok me in the slightest since Norah has appeared on cds by both OutKast & Q-Tip….WHERE IS A MUSIC MIX FEATURE ON OWL CITY WHO GOES TO #1 TODAY ON THE BILLBOARD CHART!? It appears to have been a slow day anyways….

  • John

    I think her “Beck” move shows how desperate she is. She hasn’t had a hit CD in a long time. One-trick wonder.

  • Via

    I’m looking forward to both.

  • honestyiskey

    I agree. M.I.A. kinda was right about her back in 2004 – she does make coffee table type music. lol
    She shoulda taken some tips off Arul instead – maybe next time go straight to the artist rather than the gimmick.

  • James

    Norah isn’t about the hits, it’s about quality music and I like this new song it doesn’t sound like her previous stuff. Always look forward to new music from her.

    PS Dig the new haircut too.

  • dj Ray 7

    I like the track and video but I need more to make a comment, sounds great.

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