Wednesday, October 12

The Coda Presents: Soul Sessions

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx
We’re New Here

The impeccable genius of the great Gil Scott-Heron can be heard throughout his catalog of uplifting, spiritual, political, renegade music. Gil Scott-Heron is a rap pioneer, one of the first in the new genre, and sadly will be missed since his recent passing. However, in 2010, Scott-Heron had a thrilling comeback album with "I’m New Here”, a diverse mix of tunes that embodies a career of ups and downs, both personally and professionally. However, those tunes will hopefully meet a wider and younger population through the xx’s Jamie Smith. Smith has remixed Scott-Heron’s album with haunting atmosphere and head nodding beats. It’s a great album that really showcases the diversity Scott-Heron was capable of personifying. Smith has mixed elements of blues, hip-hop, dub step, and electronic fueled synths and rhythms, and turned out one of the best remix albums of the year. It’s a strange pairing of artists, but ultimately it pays off with a stunning rendering of a pioneer’s unique character. Enjoy.

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