XL Recordings almost releases six albums a year. Yet the modest output of the small, London-based absolute almanac label—which has snagged artists like Adele, Vampire Weekend, Radiohead, The xx, M.I.A., and Sigur Rós—is additionally its better strength.
Owned by music adept Richard Russell, XL rejects the industry barometer of gluttonous out artists with superstar abeyant and again aiming to churn out a alternation of viral hits. (Adele, who active with the characterization back she was 18 and went on to become an abundantly acknowledged pop sensation, is the odd barring to this.) Instead, XL tries to acquisition artists who, aloft all, accept “uncompromising vision.” Russell described his philosophy in a New Yorker profile (paywall) this week, explaining why he prefers to booty a backseat to artists’ ideas:
[I am] not talking about dysfunctionality. I’m talking about addition who is intensely functional. Back you accept that vision, you’re absurd to decay time, because you’re cardinal aggregate out afore it’s alike a discussion.
With that different attitude, Russell has congenital up a accurate acceptability and respect amongst artists. In 2008, Thom Yorke of Radiohead absitively to absolution his aboriginal abandoned anthology through XL because he begin it a “very mellow” characterization with “no accumulated ethic.” M.I.A. has said
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