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listen to Jamie xx’s reworking of ‘NY is Killing Me’, see Gil Scott-Heron live (TONIGHT)

Gil-Scott Heron @ Marcus Garvey Park (more by Benjamin Lozovsky)

In February 2010, Gil Scott-Heron released “I’m New Here”, his first album in thirteen years. In August 2009, as a member of The xx (and producer) Jamie xx released his debut album “xx”.

“NY Is Killing Me” is the first song from “We’re New Here”, Jamie xx’s reworking of 13 tracks from the Gil Scott-Heron “I’m New Here” sessions.

The full reworked album will be released on February 21st, but you can listen to “NY Is Killing Me” now, below.

Gil, whose album is already appearing on many year-end lists, was supposed to play BB King’s on October 7th, but instead he is playing the NYC show TONIGHT (11/30). Tickets are still available. All dates, more new album info, and the streaming track below…

Album released on February 22, 2011 on XL Recordings / Young Turks

In February 2010, Gil Scott-Heron released I’m New Here, his first album in thirteen years. Produced by XL Recordings head Richard Russell during various studio sessions in New York, the album was enthusiastically received by fans and critics alike. Meanwhile, the last eighteen months have been meteoric for Jamie xx. His band The xx’s debut album (which Jamie produced) received huge acclaim, picking up 2010’s prestigious Mercury Music Prize, while Jamie garnered respect for his remixes (in particular of Florence & The Machine’s ‘You’ve Got The Love’) and solo productions (forthcoming single ‘Far Nearer’ on Numbers)

So what happens when one of the most exciting young producers around reworks one of the most acclaimed albums from a true legend? The result is Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx’s We’re New Here which sees Jamie xx remixing thirteen tracks from the original I’m New Here album sessions.

We’re New Here track list:
1. I’m New Here
2. Home
3. I’ve Been Me (Interlude)
4. Running
5. My Cloud
6. Certain Things (Interlude)
7. The Crutch
8. Ur Soul and Mine
9. Parents (Interlude)
10. Piano Player
11. NY Is Killing Me
12. Jazz (Interlude)
13. I’ll Take Care Of U

Vinyl Box Set includes:

LP on pink heavyweight vinyl
LP of instrumentals on green heavyweight vinyl
CDs of album and instrumental album
2 limited edition photographic prints

Gil Scott-Heron Tour Dates
Tuesday November 30, 2010 – B.B. King’s, New York
Thursday December 16, 2010 – Blues Alley, Washington
Friday December 17, 2010 – Blues Alley, Washington
Saturday December 18, 2010 – Blues Alley, Washington
Sunday December 19, 2010 – Blues Alley, Washington

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