BJ Smith covers Umi Says [NuNorthern Soul records]

Eclectic label NuNorthern Soul are releasing two classic soulful Hip Hop covers, these are Mos Def ‘Umi Says’ and The Pharcyde ‘Runnin’ by BJ Smith from Smith and Mudd / White Elephant.

It has been picked up by Gilles Peterson and featured on his eclectic Worldwide Radio6 session on Saturday 15th December and is also scheduled for plats from Craig Charles (radio6) and Rob Da Bank (Radio1) both in the new year prior to the release date of Monday 28th January 2013.


Joe Muggs – The Arts Desk / Mixmag

“Wow, this is lovely! Bit of a JJ Cale vibe going on in parts. I can’t stop playing these tracks… this release is like a magic carpet, I’m floating off away from winter blues on it.  Absolute magic.”
Gareth Morgan – Blues and Soul
An utterly superb interpretation of two very classic tracks. Umi Says has taken me to my spiritual place of happiness, the SunceBeat festival in Croatia. I’m listening to this watching the sunset with a gorgeous backdrop of waves gently lapping the shore line.

Runnin’ is no different, it takes me to a place very dear in my head and heart. In a very cold December, these have warmed me right up and put a huge smile on my face.

Ashley Beedle - Had a a real good listen. Both our stunning interpretations! I am on on bended knee. Looking forward to the release of both tracks. This is what we want!

Karen P (Jamie Cullum Radio Show Producer) Love it!

Paul “Mudd” Murphy (Smuth and Mudd) Lovely take on one of my favourites, ‘Umi Says’, the acoustic guitar and Ben’s soothing voice really suits it and pays respect to the original. Will be in my box!

Rob Da Bank (BBC Radio 1 / Bestival) - I love it and will support on my show (playing 3rd of 4th Jan 2013)

Kev Beadle (Sunce Beat / Southport Weekender / Solar Radio) - Brilliant – love both tracks mate !! will support fully.

Dave Harvey (Future Boogie) - Thats a cracker for sure!
Greg Wilson - They’ve got a really nice lazy sun-drenched vibe about them – I can see the Baleraic heads loving these.
Gilles Peterson - Radio 6 play 15th Dec 2012 ‘The sound of Sunrises around the world for years to come’
Craig Charles, Funk and Soul show Radio 6 - confirmed for show play early 2013

BJ Smith ‘Umi Says’ on Gilles Peterson Worldwide BBC6 15th Dec 2012 by NuNorthernSoul

Limited Vinyl available here