Everything Is Recorded is a new film by CHILD and Mahaneela that intimately documents the evolution and creation of Everything Is Recorded’s debut album and live shows, as told by the musicians directly involved.
I would go as far as writing that those of us with a deeper passion for music beyond ‘punter status’, people who know about XL Recordings, and early lovers of Sampha will devour this 30 minute film in roughly 15 minutes (if we could!). It features exclusive interviews with Richard Russell and musical collaborators, unseen behind-the-scenes footage of the recording sessions (featuring Baluji Shrivastav, Ben Reed, Giggs, Green Gartside, Ibeyi, Infinite Coles, Joe Brown, Lil C, Mela Murder, Nubya Garcia, Obongjayar, Peter Gabriel, Sampha, Tic, Wiki, Yazz Ahmed and Richard Russell) and a cinematic capture of Everything Is Recorded’s debut live shows. The shows – immersive, euphoric, sold out events at the abandoned Savoy Cinema in Dalston, east London – feature a host of key collaborators alongside bespoke visual installations from acclaimed artist Toby Ziegler which transplanted the spirit of the studio sessions into the live arena – a spirit that is vividly captured here.
Everything Is Recorded is the collaborative artist project helmed by musician, record producer and XL Recordings co-founder Richard Russell. It features an eclectic international and inter-generational cast of collaborators and musicians who embraced Russell’s open door, keep-the-tapes-running policy, including vocalists Sampha, Giggs, Ibeyi, Obongjayar, Infinite, Wiki and Syd alongside instrumental contributions from Kamasi Washington, Damon Albarn, Rachel Zeffira, Peter Gabriel, Green Gartside, Owen Pallettand more.