Reading List #2

Richard Russell’s XL Recordings Empire

Matthew Trammel, The New Yorker (2017)

“Russell rejects the notion that record labels should be engineering highly consumable songs; instead, XL aims to identify highly consumable artists who have ‘uncompromising vision’.”

I Was Facebook Friends With Drake in ‘07, Here’s What His Personal Page Looks Like

Lucas G., DJ Booth (2017)

“It’s not a Drake fan page. It’s not a fake account. It’s Aubrey Graham’s real, actual, personal Facebook account.”

Family Business: Why TDE Is the Best Label to Become an Artist

Yoh, DJ Booth (2017)

“Less Suge Knight and more Charles Xavier―the studio was his personal school for gifted youngsters, a sanctuary for boys who needed a home to hone their passions as rappers.”

London Calling: DiS Meets Mura Masa

Ed Ledsham, Drowned in Sound (2017)

“I’m not in a revolutionary position and I’m not particularly political in my creative output, but I think it’s important to show through the collaborators, the sonic influences, to show people a bit of everything. The album’s full of people of different upbringings, different countries, different sexualities, different races.”

The Night Straight White Men Tried to Kill Disco Music

Hadley Meares, (2017)

“Dahl saw disco as slick and inauthentic and he took to playing popular disco tunes, only to “blow ’em up real good” with sound-effects live on-air. These targeted antics were not isolated to the radio booth. At promotions, Dahl took to performing in a helmet and military jacket, destroying albums on stage.”

How Has Streaming Affected our Identities as Music Collectors?

Cherie Hu, Cuepoint (2017)

Music rarely exists in a vacuum. From classical concert programs and 12-track albums to DIY mixtapes and personal record shelves, we imbue songs with new meaning by connecting them to each other, by treating them as elements of a wider, self-constructed narrative.”

Jai Paul’s Demo Album Leak Still Matters

Various, The Fader (2017)

“The point of making demos is to experiment, I know, and yet four years on there has been no end result of that experimentation, no ultimate actual album. Even Frank Ocean eventually resurfaced. But this leak perhaps exacerbated Jai Paul’s absence, and that’s why it matters: so rarely, if ever, are artists this ascetically committed to saying “fuck you” to the fame — and to us.”