Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell

Everything Is Recorded by Richard Russell

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In the early '90s, as one-half of Kicks Like a Mule, Richard Russell was among the young underground dance music artists vaulted from pirate radio to Top of the Pops. Shortly before his unlikely crossover, Russell had a solo demo rejected by the fledgling XL Recordings, and within a few years was running the label, leading it through critical and/or commercial successes by the likes of the Prodigy, the White Stripes, M.I.A., and Adele. Russell continued to venture far afield of his humble breakbeat 'ardkore beginnings by producing some of the label's most admired releases. Startling left turns from long-absent R&B giants Gil Scott-Heron and Bobby Womack, and two gems by classification-defying duo Ibeyi, were among them. Another Russell-driven XL project, Everything Is Recorded debuted in 2017 with three 12" releases that led to this largely downcast yet comforting album. Despite what the project's name implies and Russell's busload of rappers, singers, and fellow players -- a head count that greatly exceeds the 13 names listed beneath the track list -- Everything Is Recorded is the opposite of an unfocused mess. Triumphal XL rapper Giggs does sound mismatched with sampled dark prince of reggae Keith Hudson, and Wiki's string of non sequiturs disrupts one of Sampha's turns. Otherwise, the set comes across as remarkably crafted and measured, from its predominantly slow tempos and recurring elements to the coalescence of shrewdly applied samples and participants who also include pianist Peter Gabriel and saxophonist Kamasi Washington. Amid the rotation of over a dozen vocalists, Sampha and the equally vulnerable-sounding Infinite (son of Ghostface Killah) gradually emerge as the central figures, aching for companionship and expressing sorrow about betrayal and misunderstanding. Most apt is a moving Ibeyi-fronted cover of "Cane," written by Gil Scott-Heron -- to whom the album is dedicated -- and based on two of the women in Harlem Renaissance author Jean Toomer's novel of the same title.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/16/2018
Label: Xl Recordings
UPC: 0191404088326
catalogNumber: 40883
Rank: 159174

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Everything Is Recorded   Primary Artist
Peter Gabriel   Piano
Baluji Shrivastav   Percussion
Damon Albarn   Synthesizer,Bass,Percussion,Piano
Green Gartside   Synthesizer Bass
Richard Russell   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Sampling
Kim Jordan   Vocals,Spoken Word
Mark Ronson   Guitar
Kamasi Washington   Saxophone
Seb Chew   Bass
Owen Pallett   Strings
Ben Reed   Bass,Guitar
Giggs   Percussion,Vocals
Rostam Batmanglij   Synthesizer
Sampha   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Vocals
Rachel Zeffira   Synthesizer
Wiki   Vocals
Ibeyi   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Syd   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Vocals
Obongjayar   Percussion,Vocals
Mela Murder   Vocals,Background Vocals
Idmc Gospel Choir   Vocals
Infinite   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ben Reed   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Peter Gabriel   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Iggy Pop   Composer
Matt Dennis   Vocal Mixing
Keith Hudson   Composer
Damon Albarn   Composer
Green Gartside   Composer
Gil Scott-Heron   Composer
Richard Russell   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Sound Effects,Producer,String Arrangements,overdub engineer,Sound Recording,Additional Production
Maya Dagnino   Composer
David Wrench   Programming
Richard Adlam   Programming,Vocal Producer
Kamasi Washington   Composer
Owen Pallett   String Arrangements
Zhang Jian   Composer
Hal Ritson   Programming,Vocal Producer
Christiaan Virant   Composer
Henry Ritson   Programming,Vocal Producer
Rachel Zeffira   Composer
Syd Bennett   Composer
John Foyle   Programming,Engineer
Sampha Sisay   Composer
Nathaniel Thompson   Composer
Marta Salogni   Engineer
Lisa Kainde Diaz   Composer
Syd   Vocal Engineer
Maharishi Hardy Blechman   Artwork
Patrick Morales   Composer
Infinite Coles   Composer
Steven Umoh   Composer
Mela Sierra   Composer

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