We're New Here Given his influence on hip-hop, it's fitting that Gil Scott-Heron be subject to one of the genre's grand traditions: the remix. Jamie Smith of the… We're New Here Given his influence on hip-hop, it's fitting that Gil Scott-Heron be subject to one of the genre's grand traditions: the remix. Jamie Smith of the… Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx Electronic XL
Music Review

We're New Here

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EW's GRADE
B+

Details Lead Performance: Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx; Genre: Electronic; Production: XL

Given his influence on hip-hop, it's fitting that Gil Scott-Heron be subject to one of the genre's grand traditions: the remix. Jamie Smith of the xx paired vocals from Scott-Heron's I'm New Here with spare electronics, reimagining his soulful song-poems as futuristic screeds. Scott-Heron's raspy vocals anchor Smith's spectral diddlings; the results on We're New Here are pleasantly moody. B+

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Originally posted Feb 16, 2011 Published in issue #1143 Feb 25, 2011 Order article reprints