Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx is a collaboration between Scott-Heron and London producer Jamie Smith (aka Jamie xx). Scott-Heron had released Im New Here (8 Feb '10, XL), his first album in thirteen years. While Jamie was fresh from touring his dbut album, The xxs xx (17 Aug '09, Young Turks).
Jamie has reworked thirteen tracks of Im New Here, to create Were New Here (21 Feb '11, XL and Young Turks). The first fruit of the collaboration was NY Is Killing Me (29 Nov 2010, XL). via
Gil Scott Heron:
Gil Scott-Heron (born April 1, 1949) is an American poet, musician, and author known primarily for his late 1960s and early 1970s work as a spoken word soul performer and his collaborative work with musician Brian Jackson. His collaborative efforts with Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues and soul music, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. The music of these albums, most notably Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. Scott-Herons recording work is often associated with black militant activism and has received much critical acclaim for one of his most well-known compositions The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. On his influence, Allmusic wrote Scott-Herons unique proto-rap style influenced a generation of hip-hop artists. via
Jamie xx is the bashful beatmaker of lo-fi Mercury Music Prize winners the xx, who carved out a name for himself outside the band thanks to a host of critically acclaimed post-garage/dubstep remixes. Born Jamie Smith in Putney, London, he began his musical career playing the drums, but after realizing he couldn't use his innovation skills on the instrument, he instead turned to the '80s Media Production Centre, which programmed his computer-based sounds onto electronic percussion pads, allowing him to play both live and in the studio. In 2008, he teamed up with former school friends Oliver Sims, Romy Madley Croft, and Baria Qureshi to form the xx, who signed to XL subsidiary Young Turks a year later, and went on to record one of the most well-received albums of the decade with their self-titled debut. As well as reworking his own band's tracks, he also became a sought-after remixer for a number of pop artists including Adele, Jack Peate, and Florence + the Machine. His atmospheric version of the latter's "You've Got the Love" sparked the interest of XL boss Richard Russell, who asked him to remix rap pioneer Gil Scott-Heron's most recent album, I'm New Here, which was retitled We're New Here on its release. Smith also released a solo single, "Far Nearer," performed a series of DJ sets across Europe, and worked with Drake on his new album, Take Care, while the rest of the xx took a break at the end of 2010. via