Gil Scott-Heron was responsible for a whole lot of the most haunting political spoken words for the past 40 years. The black american poet infused rawness in an art that was mostly coming from the mind and sometimes the heart. He added his guts.
He died last week end, just a few months after completing the breath-taking Jaime XX produced “We’re New Here” album for XL.
This also marked the first work in four years from Aphex Twin collaborator and former Judge Dredd artist Chris Cunningham.
On “New York Is Killing Me”, he was surprisingly featured on guitars and overdubs, not long before an extended video edit surfaced.
And it is glorious. Industrial apocalyptic gospel may be the best way to describe it, but there’s a better option : watch and listen to this mesmerizing piece of audio-visual art while having a drink for Gil!