Owning the label that's put out records by modern greats like Adele, M.I.A., and Radiohead clearly is not enough of a challenge for Richard Russell. The XL Recordings co-founder is now releasing his own music through a project called Everything is Recorded.
First announced back in March, Russell has a number of big names – including Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel and Mark Ronson – on board, and he premiered a finished track, "Close But Not Quite," which features vocals by Sampha, on BBC Radio 1 last night with MistaJam (listen from 02:25):
"Close But Not Enough" is rich, warm and melodic, and it has real lift – not to mention the most perfectly placed Curtis Mayfield sample. Russell previously played the track live with Sampha on Reprezent Radio back in March (listen from 53:56), but now we have the entirely finished version. It certainly benefits from the polish of production, and sets expectations high for the rest of Russell's project. It takes a certain amount of guts to hop in the studio and lay down a vocal track that you know is going to be compared to Sampha's crackly, rich tones too. Fair play, Richard.
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