Stream: Gil Scott-Heron’s Album, I’m New Here

Here it is: The complete thought. The result of committed efforts by XL label head and album producer Richard Russell and the perennially Marlboro-smoking, throaty legend Gil Scott-Heron. We’d be lying if we said we weren’t magnetically drawn first to “I’m New Here,” the album’s title track. A Smog cover, it’s the barest of the album’s songs—even missing the reverb of the brief spoken word asides—and leaves Scott-Heron sounding vulnerable for possibly the first time in his career. Elsewhere, the album ventures into spacey electronics, playground hand clap rap, and, yes, samples Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” for its opening and closing statement. West himself sampled Scott-Heron’s classic “Home is Where the Hatred Is” for Common’s “My Way Home”, so the favor has now been returned. Undoubtedly, this will be one of the most bizarre and exciting records of the year—take a listen. (via Stereogum)

POSTED February 2, 2010 11:02AM IN MP3 / STREAMS Comments (2) TAGS: , , ,

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  1. Mat Lloyd says:

    When I was 12 or 13, I heard ‘The Revolution will not be Televised’ for the first time. It was 1991. The song/poem made me feel like no other song had before; this seemed to flick a switch that had never been touched before. At such a young age I new nothing of GSH or any of the references in The Revolution, but I knew what I was listening to was something influential.

    Slowly over the years I immersed myself in rap, hip hop, spoken word and that ultimately lead to poetry. What was termed as Gangster Rap got me interested, Ice-T made me listen, Gil Scott Heron made me want to hear more.

    At 31 I am now establishing myself as a ‘spoken word artist’ and ‘poet’. When I find myself on stage, whether it be at a festival, theatre or local bar, I can trace back my love for the spoken word right back to Gil. Right to the moment I heard and experienced ‘The Revolution will not be Televised’ for the first time.

    I am so excited about the release of ‘I’m New Here’; I feel how a teenage girl must feel about JLS record. Richard Russell’s influence is evident in the production; its sound is modern and the album doesn’t feel out of place on the XL Label. However it still feels like a Gil Scot Heron album and it really delivers. I’m a huge fan of Gils back catalogue and Spirits was the top of my listening list, however this album has just shot to the top with a ‘WOW’.

    ‘I’m New Here’ should get people interested, interested in music, interested in rap, interested in Hip Hop, interested in poetry, interested in jazz, break beat, dub step, interested in Gil.

    A fitting album for 2010 and fitting new beginning for Gil Scott Heron!

  2. ehippy says:

    I love anything that Gil does. I say “Go ‘head Gil!” This is a long awaited project from you. Glad you’re “back”, even though to me you never left. I’ve been keeping your classics alive in my listening rotation. Love ya Man! Keep on bringing us your truth! Blessings.