We're New Here - Gil Scott-Heron
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  • Summary: Remixed by Jamie XX, R&B and hip hop samples are added to Gil Scott-Heron's 2010 album I'm New Here, creating this latest release.
  • Record Label: XL Recordings
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Rap, Jazz, R&B, House, Trip-Hop, Garage, Spoken Word, Pop/Rock, Experimental Ambient, Dubstep, Left-Field Hip-Hop, Dark Ambient, Electro, Jazz-House, Experimental Dub, Poetry
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Feb 23, 2011
    100
    The real triumph of We're New Here is that it doesn't feel like an album-length remix. Instead, it's a collaboration done the way Scott-Heron's best team-ups always are: after the fact, with time to consider the everlasting gravity of the man's words and wisdom.
  2. Feb 28, 2011
    90
    We're New Here is a psychedelic atlas with which we can all sonically voyage upon. A great way to start the year.
  3. Feb 18, 2011
    80
    Throughout, Scott's old-soul narratives are reborn through Smith's atmospheric beats.
  4. Feb 22, 2011
    80
    To its great credit it's high and low and all over the place. The dislocation works: the record has patience and breadth and almost zero pretension.
  5. Apr 6, 2011
    80
    Hip-hop originator meets Mercury-winning button-pusher du jour. [MArch 2011, p. 108]
  6. Feb 22, 2011
    75
    The duo lends each other gravitas and levity on this very curious but ultimately immersive LP.
  7. Apr 4, 2011
    56
    While We're New Here is spooky, it's more chill-out mix than futuristic minimal-rave, and comes as a less interesting culture-clash than, say, The Dirtbombs doing covers of Detroit techno songs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mar 9, 2011
    10
    Simply put, this is genius. There is so much you can say. It deserves to be heard. Not only does it deserve to be heard, it lives andSimply put, this is genius. There is so much you can say. It deserves to be heard. Not only does it deserve to be heard, it lives and breathes. Jamie xx builds on the explosion of British dubstep by melding Gil Scott Heron's poetry with awkward alternative aesthetics that call on you to abandon your perception of music as functional for purpose. The truth is this album is worth much more than the $13 dollars it cost to buy your download, especially if you fully understand musical composition, production and engineering (or in fact, general artistry). Put simply this is high end art and some artists have been known to sell for $20 mil. 100/100 Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2011
    8
    This is a very complex album with a lot of depth. A little depressing at points, the album is consistently groovy, and the mix of Gil's spokenThis is a very complex album with a lot of depth. A little depressing at points, the album is consistently groovy, and the mix of Gil's spoken word and great production gives the album a jazzy, gritty, urban feel. Highly recommended. Expand
  3. May 7, 2013
    7
    Jamie xx's singles and remixes are catchy, quirky and intelligent, and even genius at times, but after the first listen can become sadlyJamie xx's singles and remixes are catchy, quirky and intelligent, and even genius at times, but after the first listen can become sadly forgettable. However, some of Jamie xx's tracks are absolute headphone gems, and will most likely stay on your iPod for eternity. Expand

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