Retro Review: Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx’s We’re New Here

pop3_1829925bWhile I’m still sinking my teeth into In Colour, the latest release from Jamie xx, English producer-extraordinaire and namesake to the bedroom pop duo the xx, I thought I would revisit and hopefully bring people who aren’t familiar to the 2011 remix classic We’re New Here

Now I’ve never been huge on remixes or remix culture, this is an undeniably unique and interesting album. Jamie xx took spoken-word legend Gil Scott-Heron’s late career gem, I’m New Here, and remixed it for the dance club. It’s incredibly, soulful, unique, and song-for-song irresistible. Scott-Heron’s gruff, soulful voice works as the perfect counterpoint to Jamie xx’s bouncing, colorful rhythms. It’s electronic dance music with the feverish case of the blues.

To check it out, just use your streaming service of choice or just be bold and buy it on iTunes, Amazon or vinyl. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

 

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Top Ten Thursday: Top Ten Songs for the Government Shutdown

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With the Congress bringing the almighty U.S. government at a stand-still (you know, except for Congress receiving their own paychecks), we decided to craft a list of the top ten songs to accompany this government shutdown.  The last time the government took this route, there were actually some fitting tracks ruling the airwaves:  “Another Night” by Real McCoy, “Run-Around” by Blues Traveler, and “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio are just a couple where the title rings all too true.  Not to be outdone, 2013 gives us “Blurred Lines”, “We Can’t Stop”, and “Radioactive” to appropriately jam to.

Pop corollaries aside, we decided to make this list for those that are mighty frustrated, and want to rage against this inefficient mess.  Not much lighthearted fare on this list, just bombast after frustration, followed by some heavy indictments.  Whether this shutdown affects you or not, get your riot gear on and hit the streets (or at least your nearest dive bar).  Enjoy, and as always shoot us some favorites of yours that we missed.

10.  M.I.A. – “Born Free”

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Contrary to the beliefs of the uninitiated, flipping off all of ‘Merica during her Super Bowl performance was just a mild dose of M.I.A.’s anachronistic career.  M.I.A. has always had strong views, but her big coming out party for her views may be her lead single for her third album Maya.  Accompanied by a shocking video, “Born Free” takes to task the ever more oppressive role of government.

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