I woke up today to a text from fellow Hotcakes writer Ollie saying simple this: Gil Scott-Heron RIP.
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Jamie Smith, better known to you and me as Jamie xx, released his debut album today: a compete remix of Gil Scott-Heron’s 2010 album I’m New Here. The re-fixed version, We’re New Here, is a journey through the minds of two people separated not only by age – 39 years to be precise – but stylistically too. Gil, a modern jazz and blues legend; Jamie, one of the best young electronic producers around Continue reading
Jamie XX of The XX with his remix of Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘New York Is Killing Me’ from his latest album I’m New Here.
The XX’s non singing member Jamie Smith revealed a solo song on XFM last night.
The track is called ‘Far Nearer’ and it is built around a steel pan that he bought and was desperate to try out. It’s quite a different sound to the XX, a lot more electronic, with looping vocals and a faster pace than usual.
It’s a clever, unique song, reminding me of the sort of thing that Caribou would come up with. No news yet on whether this is a one off, or if he is considering putting a record together, but it would be interesting to hear solo material from an obviously talented musician.
It’s clearly early days either way, because he’s admitted he’s not even sure what moniker he wants to call himself, but he hasn’t ruled out just ‘Jamie XX’.