Gil Scott Heron - We’re New Again: A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven

Gil Scott Heron - We’re New Again: A Reimagining by Makaya McCraven
To mark the tenth anniversary of the release of 'I’m New Here', the thirteenth - and last - studio album from the legendary US musician, poet and author Gil Scott-Heron, acclaimed US jazz musician Makaya McCraven has created a unique reinterpretation. Our Record of the Week is We’re New Again, a pitch-perfect homage to both Gil and the source material. The smart and inventive production opens up the album to new ideas and interpretations without obscuring Gil's baritone. Chopped, resampled and sounding both instantly familiar and impact-fully new, this really is a fine piece of work.

+ We have some lush art prints at the shop.

+ Longer Read: "Gil Scott-Heron’s Legacy Is a Work in Progress" - New York Times

To further celebrate the tenth anniversary of I'm New Here, XL have also this week released an expanded edition on double vinyl (one green, one pink). In addition to the original album, this celebratory edition features two unreleased tracks - a cover of Richie Havens’ 'Handsome Johnny’ and a previously unheard Scott-Heron song 'King Henry IV’ - as well as a selection of other recordings from the original sessions. 

"There was a lot more to the experience than it was possible to process at the time, and there was some great material that never made it onto the album." - Richard Russell