Jorja Smith has released a spine-tingling cover of St Germain’s “Rose Rouge.”
The vocalist shows off her soulful pipes on this jazzy rendition, which features London trumpeter James Copus, multi-instrumental James Allsopp on saxophone and Ezra Collective bandleader and drummer Femi Koleoso. “I want you to get together / Put your hands together one time,” Smith croons on the track.
“Rose Rouge” first appeared on St Germain’s 2000 album, Tourist, and included a sample of Marlena Shaw’s 1973 track, “Woman of the Ghetto.” Smith’s cover of the song is the first offering from Blue Note Records’ forthcoming compilation project, Blue Note Re:imagined.
Announced through the label’s website, Blue Note Re:imagined will offer a new collection of classics from the label reworked by Smith, Shabaka Hutchings, Ezra Collective, Nubya Garcia, Mr Jukes, Steam Down and more.
Last month, Smith released “Kiss Me in the Morning” for the Netflix original series, The Eddy. Prior to that, she teamed up with Burna Boy for “Be Honest,” which was her first single since her 2018 debut LP, Lost & Found.
Blue Note Re:imagined drops on September 25. Listen to Smith’s take on “Rose Rouge” below: