Special Delivery – Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx

An unexpected little thrill to brighten up your day.

 

In February 2010 American poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron (most famous for his 1970 composition The Revolution Will Not Be Televised) released his first new album in sixteen years.  Primarily a blues and spoken-word album, I’m New Here was Scott-Heron’s introspective confession and gained praise for the way that it combined raw minimal beats with gritty bourbon-soaked vocals.  After being approached with the idea of making a collaborative remix album, Jamie xx (of London-based band The xx) immediately set to work in sampling the 60 year old’s gravelly voice over the top of his own dubstep and electro instrumentals.  The result, We’re New Here, was released in February 2011 and has been one of the most fascinating records of the year.  It seems an unlikely pairing – an icon of 70’s black radicalism and a white, British, 22 year old dance music producer – but we can assure you that the reworked album is nothing short of genius.

 

Sadly, Gil Scott-Heron died in May of this year but his music will continue to influence artists for many years to come.  Often hailed as the “Godfather of Rap”, he will be remembered as a pioneer of hip-hop for the way that he fused minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry.  We have provided our three favourite tracks from We’re New Here to give you a taste of what you’ve been missing.

 

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – I’ll Take Care Of U

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – NY Is Killing Me

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – Running

 

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