It's the same with record companies as with newspapers: Their downfall was often conjured. A few seem to have nothing to do with the tidal changes in the media. This category includes the indie label XL, which started in the nineties as a pearl diver in London's club sphere and shaped the rave generation with bands like Basement Jaxx or The Prodigy. Since then, the company of ex-DJ Richard Russell has aligned its antennas in all possible directions and has become a stepping stone for The White Stripes, Peaches, M.I.A., Devendra Banhart, Vampire Weekend, The XX or Minimal-Rapper Dizzee Rascal. With Adele's album "21", the 2011 Indie also left the major competition behind in commercial terms. The sampler, which is now being published for the 25th birthday of the Londoners, traces their own history in 33 pieces. CD 1 summarizes above all the beginnings in the club underground; CD 2 delivers all-time favourites from The Prodigy's "Firestarter" to Peaches' "Fuck The Pain Away" or "Seven Nation Army" of the White Stripes to Adele's "Rolling In The Deep": Each song is a classic in its own way.
Top Track: Seven Nation Army (White Stripes)