Richard Russell looks back on the path forged by his groundbreaking independent label.
From its beginnings releasing early rave material from The Prodigy and SL2 through to early-2000s masterpieces by Dizzee Rascal, The White Stripes, M.I.A., and Radiohead, XL has remained a genre-agnostic force on the independent label landscape.
To mark 25 years in the game, XL will release Pay Close Attention, a two-part compilation that takes its name from the iconic Kool Keith sample in The Prodigy’s ‘Out of Space’. Part 1 focuses on the “roots” of the label — “underground music, made for DJ’s” — while Part 2 features the “singular talents” that have defined its recent output.
“We’ve never compromised. The rave music XL first became known for was known as “hardcore”; that spirit continues,” Russell writes. “To show our appreciation for your support: thank you DJ’s. And thank you also to the retailers, writers and of course, ravers.”
The compilation is due out on August 26 and will be available as a 4-LP boxset (which comes with a DVD and a poster), as well as a 2xCD set and digital download. The track listing is below, along with a previously-unreleased tour diary featuring footage from Tyler the Creator and Odd Future’s first European tour.
TRACK LISTING SL2 – DJs Take Control The Prodigy – Out Of Space Awesome 3 – Don’t Go (Kicks Like A Mule Mix) Liquid – Sweet Harmony Jonny L – Piper Roy Davis Jr. Feat. Peven Everett – Gabriel (Live Garage Version) Dem 2 – Destiny Nu-Birth – Anytime Basement Jaxx – Jump N’ Shout Dizzee Rascal – I Luv U Wiley – Igloo Various Production – Hater Giggs – Talkin The Hardest SBTRKT – Wildfire (ft. Little Dragon) Jamie xx – All Under One Roof Raving
Prodigy – Firestarter Peaches – Fuck The Pain Away The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army Devendra Banhart – I Feel Just Like A Child Badly Drawn Boy- Once Around The Block ** Ratatat – Seventeen Years M.I.A. – Paper Planes Thom Yorke – The Eraser Gil Scott-Heron – New York Is Killing Me Radiohead – Weird Fishes/ Arpeggi Tyler, The Creator – Yonkers The Horrors – Sea Within A Sea Jai Paul – BTSTU (EDIT) Bobby Womack – Please Forgive My Heart The xx – Angels Sampha – Too Much Vampire Weekend – Step King Krule – Easy Easy ADELE – Rolling In The Deep
BONUS DVD TO BE PACKAGED WITH VINYL FORMAT ONLY: Prodigy – Firestarter (Director Walter Stern) Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At (Director Traktor) The White Stripes – Fell In Love With A Girl (Director Michel Gondry) Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up, Look Sharp (Director Ruben Fleischer) M.I.A – BirdFlu (Director M.I.A) Vampire Weekend – A-Punk (Director Hammer and Tongs) Radiohead – Lotus Flower (Director Garth Jennings) Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here (Director Jane Pollard) Tyler, The Creator – Yonkers (Director Tyler, The Creator) Adele – Someone Like You (Live From The Brits 2011)
Кратко. У фирмы XL 25-тилетие и поэтому поводу выходит box-винил.
Below you can check out XL label boss Richard Russell in conversation with The Prodigy's totemic Keith Flint discussing the heady days of rave. Head to the Pay Close Attention website to order the compilation and see more XL films
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