Young opens online archive featuring FKA twigs, The xx and Sampha

Explore unseen and unheard material on the UK label’s new platform Young then.

Young (formerly known as Young Turks) has opened up its archives for an online platform containing music, films, mixes and photos from the London label’s 15-year history.

Under the name Young then, the site, which launches today (3 November), will offer new and never-before-released material for fans to dig into, including two Koreless tracks performed with a string quintet and a short documentary about The xx‘s intimate shows at the Armory in New York in 2014.

Other treasures in the archive include rarely seen video performances by FKA twigs and Caroline Polachek, unseen sets from Jamie xx, Mount Kimbie and more at SXSW in 2011, and photos from the label’s early days – including the shot of Jessie Ware and Sampha above, captured at the launch event for their 2011 single Valentine.

“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,” the label joked in a press release.

Young then will allow the label and its artists and collaborators “to restore, remember and re-present items and memories that exist beyond the limits of what culture routinely records”.

Now operating as a record label, music management company and music publisher, the label was founded in 2006 as a club night and an imprint of XL Recordings.

Check out the archive material over on Young then, and revisit the FKA twigs cover story.

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