The XX’s chief beat-maker Jamie Smith is to remix this years Gil Scott Heron comeback album, I’m New Here, in its entirety. The album, which will be released on XL Records in February, takes the vocals from Heron’s much-lauded release and supplants them over a series of sparse and tetchy beats.
The album will be Smith’s first full release under his DJ moniker after a series of remixes for the likes of Florence and the Machine and Eliza Doolittle. A recent article about the release of the record on The Guardian website incited a series of dismissive comments from Scott Heron fans, but as a die-hard follower of both artists, I’m pretty excited to hear the results.
If first single NY Is Killing Me is anything to go by, the album promises the same infectious hooks and dark undertones of The XX’s debut, with Scott Heron’s lived in voice giving the productions some gravitas. I for one am very excited!