Gil Scott-Heron – I'm New Here
I came to Gil Scott-Heron pretty late. I had heard plenty of his earlier work, but never paid enough attention for it to really sink in. It was only with last year's I'm New Here album that I realised what I had been missing. That album and his recent collaboration with Jamie xx were met with a welcome resurgence in interest and seemed to suggest an exciting and productive new chapter in his 'colourful' life ...
Unfortunately it wasn't to be and as news of his death filtered through yesterday my sadness was tempered by a selfish joy at finding out lots more than I already knew about his life and work, and hearing all the heart-felt tributes and stories from other artists and fans. Gone, but certainly not forgotten.
Band/artist of the week: Mogwai
Song of the week: All India Radio – Rippled