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 News | posted 09.07.2020
Logic System
Reissued: »Venus«
The album »Venus«, first released in 1981, by Hideki Matsutake alias Loi’gic System, who plays with the Yellow Magic Orchestra, is now being reissued via Wewantsounds. Exclusively at HHV Records in a limited edition.
Music Review | posted 24.06.2020
The new edition of »Dropsonde« comes along with seven bonus tracks. The Norwegian producer Biosphere then radically reinterpreted an entire genre.
Music Interview | posted 14.10.2020
Makaya McCraven
»I'm excavating sounds«
Makaya McCraven is one of the most leading jazz musicians of these days. Not only his hometown Chicago, but the whole world seems to be inspired by the free approach to the jazz heritage in his music. We had the chance for an interview.
Music Portrait | posted 15.10.2020
Dark Entries
Between Disco, Goth and Porno Soundtracks
Since 2009, Josh Cheon has been running his label for underground music from the 1980s and those who want to be the next big underground hit. Next year he will have released over 300 records. We introduce you to the label from San Francisco.
Music Portrait | posted 03.11.2020
Mort Garson
Music for plants and people
He was involved in over 900 songs and reached number 1 on the Billboard charts, but Mort Garson’s current fame is based on an encounter with Bob Moog, whom he persuaded to give him one of his synthesizers. A rediscovery.