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I'm New Here – Gil Scott-Heron

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"In the week that NME announced its 50 best records of the past decade, I heard one of the next decade's best. I admit this is an outrageous claim, especially in a world saturated with statements about what's fresh and hot. But when the album I'm talking about twists a 21st century phenomenon in a refreshing way, and redirects it towards a rather interesting future, I think polemic is necessary - Jude Rogers, The Guardian.

On 8th /9th February 2010, Gil Scott-Heron will release his new album "I'm New Here" on groundbreaking independent label XL Recordings. Produced by XL label owner Richard Russell, "Im New Here" is Scott-Heron's first album in thirteen years.

"I'm New Here" sees Scott-Heron reflecting on his life with his trademark vocal power and insight, sharing his visions among Russell's flickering, electronic soundscapes.

The pair started recording the album in 2007, with the majority of the record being recorded over the last twelve months in New York at Clinton Studios. [gilscottheron. net]


"Richard Russell, the head of the releasing label XL, was responsible for the production of the album. He made first contact with Scott-Heron when he was still in prison. So it's not surprising that "I'm New Here" is a broken record, one you have to get involved with. At the same time, the mix of personal life and suffering on the one hand and the sounds of Russell on the other is one that never seems constructed or too avant-garde" (computer image. en)