May 29, 2011

RIP Gil Scott-Heron – Minimix

Posted in R.I.P. tagged at 1:19 am by essentiallyeclectic

Today brought the sad passing of poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron, at the age of 62.

Never short of critical acclaim, nevertheless Scott-Heron failed to trouble the charts throughout his long career, though it couldn’t have been more obvious that he wasn’t driven towards this definition of success.

Troubled, and often in the throes of drug addiction, he was a celebrated poet, and an underrated musical talent who performed what he described as “bluesology”. The brilliant I’m New Here from 2010, and its remix followup with Jamie XX, We’re New Here were the artist’s first releases in 16 years, and work astonishingly well as a parting note.

Below is a minimix I (badly) put together in tribute, along with a tracklist.

Gil Scott-Heron RIP Minimix

(To download: Right click>Save as)


The BottleĀ  (1974)

First in Flight (with Blackalicious, 2002)

H20gate Blues (1974)

We Almost Lost Detroit (1977)

The Vulture (1970)

My Cloud (with Jamie xx, 2011)

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (1971)

Home Is Where The Hatred Is (1971)

The Crutch (with Jamie xx, 2011)

Peace Go With You, Brother (1974)


  1. […] Essentially Eclectic now to grab a copy of the mix, tracklisting […]

  2. […] poignantly by this Jamie xx reworking of his final word, I’m New Here. Also check out a Gil Scott-Heron minimix we did back in […]

  3. Excellent mix. really enjoyed it. Thank you for putting it together

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