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Celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2009 is triumphant testament to one of the most interesting independent labels on the globe... It's genesis was firmly rooted in the acid-rave scene of the late eighties in which XL started life as a Beggars arm for Dance music, CityBeat (releasing cuts by Ultramagnetic MC's amongst others). However as the nineties broke, founder Tim Palmer employed Kicks Like A Mule's Nick Halkes and Richard Russell to work in his Groove records store on Greek Street and the trio sped firmly ahead into the light.

Following the mega success of the Prodigy and SL2, XL as it was now known was officially born. From their the group released Mentasm Belgian Hardcore, raggafied Drum and Bass and breakbeat rave. In 93 Halkes and Palmer splintered from XL to follow pursuits new and left Richard Russell in sole charge.

Broadening the sonic scope in the late nineties and noughties into a multi-genre-machine Russells' XL has  become that rare thing; tastemaking critical success and commercial juggernaut. Check out the never less than astounding roster here on bleep.


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