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XL Recordings (Record label)
XL Recordings is a London-based record label, founded in 1989 as sublabel of Beggars Banquet by Tim Palmer, Nick Halkes and Richard Russell. Next to the sublabel Citibeat XL Recordings was founded as further offshoot for the Genres rave and dance. With SL2, T99 and Johnni L very quickly there were their first smaller successes. The co-founders Halkes and Palmer left XL-Recordings in 1993 and Russel took over the label alone. With »Music for the Jilted Generation« the second album of The Prodigy has been released in 1994 and at the very latest with their next shoot »The Fat Of The Land« the breakthrough was achieved. In the noughties the label expanded its stylistic spectrum and with Badly Drawn Boy, M.I.A., The White Stripes and The xx they were alble to set musical accents throughout the entire decade. In 2009 even Radiohead switched to the label. The album »21« by Adele, released in 2012, was not only the greatest hit for the label, but one of the most successful albums in recent years.
XL Recordings in Reviews
Music Review | posted 10.06.2015
Jamie xx
In Colours
»In Colour« has got it all: beautiful melodies, basses that make the coco-crust jump out of your nose, mood and felicitous guests – enough to be disgusted.
Music Review | posted 13.02.2015
Parents like it, girlfriends like it. How the hell could you possibly like »Ibeyi«, as well? The answer lies hidden behind the first impression.
Music Review | posted 08.08.2014
FKA Twigs
It’s music for eternity: After her first two EPs, we were all waiting for FKA Twigs to deliver properly. Now there is »LP1«, a labyrinth of meditation, sex and darkness. It doesn’t get much better.
Music Review | posted 15.07.2014
Jack White
No genius without madness – that’s what Jack White used to stand for. Unfortunately, not on »Lazaretto«, his second solo record.
Music Review | posted 31.05.2013
Vampire Weekend
Modern Vampires Of The City
Nothing has changed much in contrast to their previous records: There are ballads evoking the image of slicked-back blond hair and perky tracks making you jump around in circles.
Music Review | posted 11.06.2012
Bobby Womack
Bravest Man In The Universe
After an absence of many year, Bobby Womack has re-entered the music business with a new album. It’s not always courageous, but it’s consistently great.
Music Review | posted 04.05.2012
Jack White
After his recordings with The Raconteurs and Dead Weather, Jack White didn’t have to agree to compromises on his solo-debut. Has it helped the sound?
Music Review | posted 04.04.2012
Willis Earl Beal
Acousmatic Sorcery
Blues, Soul, Pop and Gospel are somewhat in the realm of »Acousmatic Sorcery«, but they’re all dressed in such dreadful LoFi-aesthetics that it can be just damn wearisome at times.
Music Review | posted 11.05.2011
Tyler, The Creator
Dark beats and fierce lyrics: a formula for success that reveals inartificial charisma by openly displaying its own insecurities.
XL Recordings in News
Music News | posted 17.06.2020
Exclusive Edition: »KiCk i«
A 62-minute single is followed by »KiCk i«, the next big hit from Arca. On the album, she approaches pop from the most musically improbable perspectives. Exclusively at HHV Records the record will be available on Clear Vinyl.
Recent Articles
Music Review | posted 14.06.2021
Like looking up at the starry night sky: Canadian musician Loscil has released a new album, »Clara,« on Kranky.
Music Review | posted 19.06.2021
Miša Blam
Miša Blam I Oni Koji Vole Funky
With »Miša Blam I Oni Koji Vole Funky«, the Discom label continues on its path of releasing “unknown music from the former Yugoslavia”.
Music Column | posted 11.06.2021
Records Revisited
Porter Ricks – Biokinetics (1996)
When Porter Ricks released the album »Biokinetics« in 1996, it was more than just a collection of their first 12inches flanked by two bonus tracks. It was a utopian attempt to expand upon the dub techno formulas.
Music News | posted 10.05.2021
Henryk Debich
Exclusive Edition: »Monika / Zabawa«
»Monika / Zabawa«, by the must-discover Polish composer Henryk Debich, will be released on July 23 in a second limited edition available exclusively on HHV Records.
Music Review | posted 17.06.2021
Flamingo Pier
Flamingo Pier LP
Time for good vibes: the New Zealand three-piece Flamingo Pier releases their debut album on Soundway.