Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx – NY Is Killing Me

NY Is Killing Me is the first track to be announced from the forthcoming We’re New Here album which is due to be released in February 2011. We’re New Here is a collection of remixes and reworkings of songs from Scott-Heron’s I’m New Here album by XX frontman and producer Jamie Smith (Jamie xx).

Taster track NY Is Killing Me got its debut exactly 24hrs ago on DJ Oneman’s show on Rinse FM, and over the last day I’ve had some time to dissect and analyse what I have heard. With this track, Jamie xx has taken what was a dark, introspective and and highly personal original record and turned it into what has the potential to be a real spring dancefloor filler. The bluesey vocals combined with classic 80’s drum machine samples sound almost like a contemporary take on Moby’s massive hit Natural Blues.

While it is certainly an enjoyable listen, I can’t help but feel that this track has been packaged and produced for the masses – unchallenging dub-blues-disco ready to be consumed by drunk students, high on a self-contradictory mix of a ketamine and vodka redbull. There’s no doubt in my mind that this will be a huge hit from the Mercury-award winning artist, and taken at face value its a lot of fun – just don’t try and dig too deep, as you won’t find much.

5/10

 

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