Album: Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie XX, We're New Here (XL)

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This remix album by Jamie from The xx stands in similar relation to the original as Garvey's Ghost did to Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey.

It's a dub reimagining that takes the material further out, into a soundscape whose fractured dubstep tones, sped-up samples and drum'n'bass beats only occasionally work in its favour, and on tracks like the heartfelt junkie portrait "The Crutch", diminish the impact considerably. The most effective tracks are clustered together towards the end: on "Your Soul and Mine" and "I'll Take Care of You", Gil's vocals are edited into hypnotic chants over staccato keyboard riffs.

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