Richard Russell is the man behind XL Recordings, and he’s also a prolific producer in his own right. Russell worked with Gil Scott-Heron on I’m New Here, Bobby Womack on The Bravest Man In The Universe, and Damon Albarn on Everyday Robots. And now he’s applying his moody, downbeat electronic aesthetic to a new project called Everything Is Recorded, which will apparently include contributions from people like Kamasi Washington, Syd, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Mark Ronson, and Albarn. He recently talked about the project on his radio show, and he shared two new songs that he recorded with the thoughtful and expressive soul singer Sampha.
As Pitchfork points out, Russell’s two songs with Sampha are called “Close But Not Quite” and “Everything Is Recorded.” They’re both sad, broken, skeletal pieces of music. You can hear “Close But Not Quite” at the 53:58 mark below, and “Everything Is Recorded” at 1:13:51.
The Everything Is Recorded project is apparently coming sometime soon.