Publishing the tracklisting from his ‘Everything Is Recorded’ radio show on Reprezent Radio as part of The xx Night x Day week in Brixton, Richard Russell premiered a number of new tracks from his forthcoming project of the same name.
For the ‘Everything Is Recorded’ special, both Sampha and Obongjayar joined the XL boss as they picked and played their favourite tracks and performed new tracks from the forthcoming project live for the first time. Russell also expanded on the others artists he’s collaborated with on the project including Kamasi Washington, Syd, Damon Albarn, Giggs, Warren Ellis, who have all joined the illustrious list. With previous recording sessions including Ibeyi, Sampha, Giggs, Wiki at Russells’ Residence La Revolution studio in London, the confirmed final line up of the collective of musicians joining him for the forthcoming project is yet to be announced.
The first track to be premiered was ‘Close But Not Quite’ at 53:58, with Sampha. Russell later cited ‘The Makings Of You’ by Curtis Mayfield as the inspiration behind the song, talking about the lyric ‘These words I’m trying to recite, they’re close but not quite’, which urged him to sample the song with Sampha.
Another track premiered on the show also featured a performance by Sampha on piano and a vocal performance by Obongjayar of ‘She Said’ at 1.07.53 followed by a stripped down version of the title track ‘Everything Is Recorded’ featuring Sampha at 1:13:51. Listen out for more exclusive live performances of ‘Carry Me’ at 1.37.26 and the final track at 2.04.31, ‘Washed Up On The Shore’ featuring Sampha and Obongjayar.