Ibeyi Ash French-Cuban twins Ibeyi are back with their second album Ash, a record that tackles subjects as diverse as womanhood, spirituality, activism and racism, all conveyed in Ibeyi’s own unique blend of modern pop, hip-hop and electronic influenced music that incorporates the traditional sounds of Yorùbá. Ash is the follow-up to the twin’s 2015 critically acclaimed, eponymous debut album that made Ibeyi a globally recognized name. While Ibeyi’s first album grappled with the past - the sister’s relationship, origins, loss, and roots. It earned them fans and collaborators in some of the most iconic and crucial artists of today, Beyoncé and Alvin Ailey included. By contrast, Ash is a more visceral and potent political statement, and while firmly rooted in Afro-Cuban culture and history, finds itself entirely concerned with Ibeyi’s present: Who Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi are, what’s important to them, and how they live today, especially given that the spheres, both personally and politically, are entirely different from when Ibeyi was recorded. XL Recordings CD | LP
Jack Penate Prayer Jack Peñate’s new single ‘Prayer’, is his first official release in a decade since his second album ‘Everything is New’ was released on XL Recordings in 2009. Jack took time away from releasing music to experiment with writing and production, collaborating with others along the way (including David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’). ‘Prayer’ was written and recorded in the space of one day when Jack meet the producer Inflo. They immediately jumped in a car and drove to Jack’s garage-converted studio in Oxford where ‘Prayer’ was born, before being finished in New York with Alex Epton. “Prayer was made for and with my family and friends. It’s a piece about the unifying nature of loss and the thread of hope that survives throughout.” XL Recordings 7"
Thom Yorke I See You: A zine by Thom Yorke and Crack Magazine Crack Magazine have collaborated with Thom Yorke to create I See You, a one-off, limited-edition zine. Thom Yorke has decided to donate any profits from the zine to Greenpeace. I See You incorporates eight interviews from musicians, artists and activists, curated by Thom Yorke himself. Featured names include the environmentalist and writer George Monbiot, Orkney-born performance poet Harry Josephine and director and screenwriter Luca Guadagnino. Further interviews are provided by electronic composer Laurie Spiegel, experimental musician Kali Malone and visual artist Christian Holstad, New York-based painter and printmaker Amy Cutler and Jun Takahashi, founder of fashion brand Undercover. XL Recordings
Thom Yorke ANIMA Indies exclusive is on orange coloured vinyl. Deluxe LP is on 180g orange coloured vinyl, packaged in a hardback book with lyrics and drawings. All LPs include an exclusive 10th track and a download code. The new full length solo album from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. XL Recordings CD | LP
Everything Is Recorded Close But Not Quite EP The first release from collaborative artist project from Richard Russell of XL Recordings. Recorded at his studio in West London, artists visit to write, record sessions, experiment and share ideas. This EP offers an insight to the music, experimentation and collaborations that happen in that studio. Features spots from Sampha, Giggs, Warren Ellis, Mela Murder and more. XL Recordings 12"
Powell Tillmans Spoken By The Other Spoken By The Other, the first EP by Powell Tillmans. It's a collection of recordings from two of the most interesting artists in Europe, and one whose short length belies its radical tenderness, sonic language and political ambition. After 25 years away from music-making, Tillmans began releasing his own vocal-led electronic tracks in 2016, with a series of EPs and collaborative visual mini-albums, with one track closing Frank Ocean's Endless album. Powell, meanwhile, has been releasing music since 2011, on his own label Diagonal and XL, drawing from the history of machine music to create a bold new language. They met at the Tate Modern, where Tillmans was programming a series of performances to coincide with his 2017 exhibition. Quickly the conversation turned to talk of a full collaboration, and following Tillmans's video for Powell's track Freezer, over the summer they got into the studio to begin making music. Recording took place in Berlin, London and Turin, with Tillmans's vocals working in tandem with Powell's synthetic processes. Rather than a simple producer-vocalist arrangement, explains Powell, “Wolfgang's voice and my sounds drive toward some sort of shape or feeling together.” These tracked were workshopped live at European festivals Atonal and Club2Club in the second half of 2017, and with no small number of emails and voice files exchanged, these ideas evolved into the final EP this year. XL Recordings 12"
Wiki No Mountains In Manhattan Wiki has long been one of the dopest rappers in New York, and now releases his official debut album. The album from the former Ratking MC features appearances form Ghostface Killah and Your Old Droog, as well as production from Tony Seltzer, Alex Epton, Earl Sweatshirt (a.k.a. randomblackdude), Sporting Life, Kaytranada, and even Wiki himself. XL Recordings CD | LP