Thursday 25 May 2017

Music: We're New Here by Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx ****

(XL Recordings)

John Meagher

John Meagher

That well-worn joke of waiting for a bus and two coming along at the same time seems relevant now. 2010's I'm New Here was the first Gil Scott-Heron album in 16 years, and a remarkable piece of work it was too.

Now, within a year, here's a bewitching companion album featuring remixes of the tracks from dubstep maestro Jamie Smith of The xx.

Married to an atmospheric soundtrack, Gil's sage words resonate spectacularly. From the Gloria Gaynor-sampling I'm New Here to the gorgeously delicate I'll Take Care of You, this is a remix album that manages something special -- it's even more essential than the original.

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