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03.11.2021, Words by Billy Ward

Young's new archival platform launches with rare material from The xx, FKA twigs, Sampha and more

"Just because it didn’t appear on record, is not to say there’s not a story worth telling..."

Young, the independent label which began putting on iconic club nights and raves under their former Young Turks alias, today launches their brand new ‘Young then’ platform – an online resource which sets out to archive their history so far.

In line with the announcement of the new digital archive, rare and unreleased work from some of the label’s most cherished artists has been made available to the public for the first time, including material from The xx, FKA Twigs, Sampha, Koreless and more.

This includes a new documentary by Jamie-James Medina on The xx’s NYC Armory shows of 2014, rarely seen video performances by FKA twigs and Caroline Polachek, and new recordings of Koreless performing ‘Sun’ and ‘Never’ with a string quintet at BBC’s Maida Vale in 2013.

As well as this, the website provides unseen sets from Sampha, Jamie xx, Mount Kimbie and more, among other archived photos, recordings and interviews surrounding the label’s past events.

In a press release about the new platform, Young states: “In today’s hyper-connected world, archives can and perhaps should be illuminated rather than kept under wraps in temperature-controlled basements accessible only to librarians with latex gloves and leftover PPE. ‘Young then’ thus allows the label and its artists, people, friends and collaborators to restore, remember and re-present items and memories that exist beyond the limits of what culture routinely records.

“Just because it didn’t appear on record, is not to say there’s not a story worth telling; and so ‘Young then’ aims to preserve and make visible that which is ordinarily lost…it’s an opportunity — a chance to restore, remaster and [re]publish items that have been lost or missed amidst the constant pressure to progress into the future”

Check out the ‘Young then’ website here.

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