While Richard Russell is better known for his work as boss of XL Recordings, he does have pedigree in the world of music-making. Among other things, he has produced records for Bobby Womack and Gil Scott-Heron and was part of seminal rave duo Kicks Like a Mule. For his debut release as Everything is Recorded we see Russell channelling the kaleidoscopic style of Gorillaz, The Avalanches and Bjork. While the Sampha-featuring title track is a lovely slice Albarn-esque soul-pop and things close out with a quirky instrumental, he throws the kitchen sink at the mid-section. Giggs puts all the new road-rap mandem in their place on ‘Early This Morning’, ‘Washed Up on the Shore’ goes full Young Fathers, and ‘D’Elusion’ sounds like the best Kelela song you’ve never heard.
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- 1 Close But Not Quite 3:29 Everything Is Recorded (feat. Sampha) Buy
- 2 Early This Morning 3:54 Everything Is Recorded (feat. Giggs) Buy
- 3 Washed Up On the Shore 3:12 Everything Is Recorded (feat. Obongjayar and Warren Ellis) Buy
- 4 D'elusion 4:01 Everything Is Recorded (feat. Infinite, Mela Murder and Green Gartside) Buy
- 5 The Rhythm of Life and Death 1:48 Everything Is Recorded Buy