The owner of XL Recordings has released a new record featuring Lee “Scratch” Perry, but you can’t buy it…you have to barter for it.
In charge of XL Recordings since 1994, Richard Russell has put out landmark albums from the likes of Dizzee Rascal, The XX, Adele and Radiohead. He’s also had a hand in producing albums for Damon Albarn and Bobby Womack. Operating under the name Residence La Revolution (or RLR), he’s made ‘I Am Paint’ with a vocal sample from Lee “Scratch” Perry.
The cover for the record was hand painted by Perry and Russell at the former’s White Ark Studio in Einsiedelin, Switzerland.
Russell decided that he loved the way the hand painted cover of the 12” record looked so much that he didn’t want to sell them. Instead, if you want to get your hands on a copy you have to barter by sending him something to swap for the ‘I Am Paint’ record.
So far the XL Recordings boss has been sent a handmade music box that plays the new records tune and a 3D printed gold unicorn. But not everything has to be of such artistic prowess as he’s willing to swap for anything he gets sent.
If you want to get your hands on a copy then the bartering address to send to is: RESIDENCE LA REVOLUTION, PO BOX 68452 LONDON W11 9EZ.
Head over the Residence La Revolution website to hear the track.