Gil Scott-Heron is an American poet, musician, and author known primarily for his late 1970s and early 1980s work as a spoken word performer and his collaborative soul works with musician Brian Jackson. This past year (2010), Gil Scott-Heron released a fantastic comeback LP entitled I'm New Here. Now this LP is getting a sort remix treatment, kinda. We're New Here is a full-length reimagination courtesy of The xx's beatmaker, Jamie Smith, set to drop February 22 in the U.S. and February 21 in the UK via XL/Young Turks.
Two singles from the album have dropped so far in "NY Is Killing Me" and "I'll Take Care Of U". "NY Is Killing Me" focuses more on Jamie's progressive dub-step material while sampling Gil Scott's dialogue. "Ill Take Care Of U" is a stronger mesh of the two collaborating powers and definitely resembles more of the spacey steel drums and drowning guitar progressions from The xx.
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx : NY Is Killing Me