XL has always been a label that pioneers, an outpost for genre-bending outsiders with an ability to conquer the mainstream. Led by Richard Russell, the label boasts an impressive timeline of releases dating from its inception in 1989 through to 2014. Whether it be the rave madness of The Prodigy, Dizzee's pent-up grime or Thom Yorke's futuristic beats, XL has consistently shown a deftness in inflitrating music's mainstream with bold, weird and wonderful artists.
This year XL turns 25. To celebrate, the label is releasing a 2-disc compilation that showcases the far-reaching spectrum of XL's releases. Disc 1 pays homage to London old and new, featuring Wiley, Dizzee and Jamie XX amongst others. Disc 2 is a straight up, pure-as-you-like collection of out and out XL bangers, from "Paper Planes" to "Rolling In The Deep".
Below you can check out XL label boss Richard Russell in conversation with The Prodigy's totemic Keith Flint discussing the heady days of rave. Head to the Pay Close Attention website to order the compilation and see more XL films.