Published Apr 05, 2011Between the XX's Jamie Smith's recent Gil Scott-Heron revamp, We're New Here, and a ton of remixes, it's clear that the guy has a thing for working with artists outside his minimalist clan. That doesn't mean that he will collaborate with just anyone. Despite being a fan of English hip-hopper the Streets, Smith turned down the opportunity to work with main man Mike Skinner on the latest Streets album, Computers and Blues.
In an interview with Q, Smith explained that he may be a fan of Skinner's work, but he just didn't vibe working with the dude.
"Mike Skinner wanted to go in the studio together for his new album, but I said no," Smith said. "It didn't feel like it was a good idea. But I was chuffed that he liked our music."
The XX member did go on to say that he is still a fan of the Streets debut, Original Pirate Material, noting the influence it had on him in his younger years.
"Original Pirate Material was one of the first records I heard from the garage scene," he said. "As soon as I heard the first track, I went, 'Wow.'"
Thanks to NME for the tip.