XL RECORDINGS ANNOUNCE LABEL HISTORY-SPANNING COMPILATION ALBUM

PAY CLOSE ATTENTION

 XL RECORDINGS ANNOUNCE LABEL HISTORY-SPANNING COMPILATION ALBUM

 RELEASED ON 22nd AUGUST 2014 AS VINYL BOXSET, CD AND DOWNLOAD

AND AVAILABLE FROM TODAY ON THE NEWLY LAUNCHED HTTP://PAY-CLOSE-ATTENTION.COM

Test out the Adele section here:  http://pay-close-attention.com/#artist/adele/intro

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XL Recordings will release Pay Close Attention, a label history-spanning compilation album, on 22nd August 2014. The album documents and celebrates the key releases and moments from the 25 year history of the London-based, independent record label.

In the Pay Close Attention sleeve notes, XL owner Richard Russell writes: 

“XL Recordings is a collaborative endeavour, and many people have contributed to its evolution. In the song ‘Out Of Space’, Liam Howlett of The Prodigy provided a blueprint when he sampled Kool Keith of Ultramagnetic MC’s rapping these words: “Pay Close Attention”. And whilst XL has never had any outside ownership, Gil Scott-Heron advised me not to even consider XL an “independent”, because everything is connected. 

Part 1 of this compilation are the roots of XL; underground music, made for DJs. These roots are still growing. Part 2 features some of the singular talents who have taken the label further than we ever envisioned. There is no unifying genre; hopefully the thread of originality is evident though.

The rave music XL first became known for was known as “hardcore”; that spirit continues.

To show our appreciation for your support, thank you DJs.

And thank you also to the retailers, writers, and, of course, ravers. “

 Richard Russell, London, 2014

Pay Close Attention will be released as a 4 x LP vinyl boxset that includes bonus DVD and poster, as well as a 2 disc CD format via Rhythmethod and download.

From today, Pay Close Attention also exists in website format at http://pay-close-attention.com. The newly-launched site is comprised of a series of immersive and interconnected timelines that allow you to explore the work of artists who appear on Pay Close Attention. It also features a wealth of new and unseen content, including new interviews and performance footage from Vampire Weekend, The White Stripes, Tyler, the Creator, The Prodigy and Bobby Womack. In addition, the Pay Close Attention site includes a bespoke music and video player that allows you to build playlists to enjoy as you navigate the site.

Test out the Adele section here:  http://pay-close-attention.com/#artist/adele/intro

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Pay Close Attention track list:

Disc 1

1. SL2 – DJs Take Control

2. The Prodigy – Out Of Space

3. Awesome 3 – Don’t Go (Kicks Like A Mule Mix)

4. Liquid – Sweet Harmony

5. Jonny L – Piper

6. Roy Davis Jr. featuring Peven Everett – Gabriel (Live Garage Version)

7. Dem 2 – Destiny

8. Nu-Birth – Anytime

9. Basement Jaxx – Jump N’Shout

10. Dizzee Rascal – I Luv U

11. Wiley – Igloo

12. Various Production – Hater

13. Giggs – Talkin The Hardest

14. SBTRKT – Wildfire (featuring Little Dragon)

15. Jamie xx – All Under One Roof Raving

Disc 2

1. The Prodigy – Firestarter

2. Peaches – Fuck The Pain Away

3. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army

4. Devendra Banhart – I Feel Just Like A Child

5. Ratatat – Seventeen Years

6. M.I.A. – Paper Planes

7. Thom Yorke – The Eraser

8. Gil Scott-Heron – New York Is Killing Me

9. Radiohead – Weird Fishes / Arpeggi

10. Tyler, The Creator – Yonkers

11. The Horrors – Sea Within A Sea

12. Jai Paul – BTSTU (demo)

13. Bobby Womack – Please Forgive My Heart

14. The xx – Angels

15. Sampha – Too Much

16. Vampire Weekend – Step

17. King Krule – Easy Easy

18. Adele – Rolling In The Deep

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RATKING RELEASE NEW SINGLE “SO SICK STORIES” FEATURING KING KRULE

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NYC group Ratking have released their incredible new song featuring King Krule ‘So Sick Stories’.

The song comes off their forthcoming debut ‘So It Goes’. Watch the and see the group getting up to some no good with King Krule…

Ratking’s debut album So It Goes will be released on Friday the 4th of April via Hot Charity / Rhythmethod

 

FASTER LOUDER’S READERS POLL

We received some top rankings in this year’s readers poll for Faster Louder

#42 Sigur Rós – Kveikur
#41 Savages – Silence Yourself
#39 King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
#34 Atoms For Peace – Amok
#20 Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze
#7 Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City
#5 The National – Trouble Will Find Me
#2 Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

Read the full list here

WILLIS EARL BEAL PRESENTS “CHURCH OF NOBODY” – 8 PART PERFORMATIVE SERIES

Willis Earl Beal is the minister of the Church Of Nobody, an 8-part series featuring filmed musical performances. This episodic series will premiere today at 12noon EST viahttp://churchofnobody.com

Each 20-minute episode features a performance by a single artist and that artist will introduce themselves and be the guide for the viewer throughout each segment. The series launches with the first 2 episodes.

Episode 1 features Willis Earl Beal performing songs from his recently released album Nobody knows. with his new band. Nobody knows. features 13 songs that combine Beal’s soul baring vocals with sounds and arrangements rooted in everything from orchestral blues to ambient r&b, gentle lullabies to pure cacophony. Willis has also become known for his stunning live performances.

Episode 2 features King Krule. He recorded this episode in the midst of his first run of U.S. dates supporting his debut album 6 Feet Beneath The Moon.

 

Following episodes will feature Kirin J Callinan,  Single Mothers and more to be announced shortly.

Our new fave redhead! King Krule official video for Easy Easy + next track Neptune Estate

18 year old King Krule ….

The debut album containing songs written a few weeks before recording to 4 years prior to that…yes when he was 14…. is set for release August 23rd.

Having already graced the covers of Clash magazine and The Fly…. this young redhead cites J Dilla and Jimi Hendrix amongst the long list of influences

 

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You’ve heard first single Easy Easy – so now its time to wrap your eyes around the official video for that one PLUS next song audio to be revealed is the fantastic Neptune Estate …

King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath the Moon

out Aug 23rd

on True Panther / Rhythmethod