Everything Is Recorded - Everything Is Recorded [Album Review]
'London based label XL Recordings has always had an interesting roster, and always seems to be pushing the boundaries with the music they put out across several different genres. This is in part down to its owner; label executive and music producer Richard Russell.
A fine example of his skills is how; after helping to produce Gil Scott-Heron’s final album before his death ‘I’m New Here’, he then oversaw the rework of the album by Jamie XX – ‘We’re New Here’, which was widely well received when released in 2013. The self-titled debut album ‘Everything Is Recorded’ is by Richard Russell – performing and producing under the Everything is Recorded moniker.
‘Everything Is Recorded’ is not your typical album. Whilst Russell provides instrumentals; playing synth guitar and bass amongst other things, his voice doesn’t seem to appear on the album, instead choosing to have the wealth of talent around him sing and rap for him in a star studded compilation album (one of the perks of being a label owner with good musical connections) – in a tightly weaved blend of grime, soul, R&B, and electronic genres. [...]'