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Young Turks is a British independent record label owned by Beggars Group, launched by Caius Pawson in 2006. It has grown from an imprint of XL Recordings into a successful and influential label now partnered with XL and operates across a range of genres. The label's current roster includes The xx, FKA twigs, Sampha, Jamie xx, Koreless and Kamasi Washington.
As well as releasing records, Young Turks throws parties,"The xx, Grimes, Four Tet, Chairlift, John Talabot to Play Young Turks' New Year's Eve Party in Mexico", Pitchfork Media. Accessed 3 September 2014. manages artists and hosts radio shows.


In 2004, Caius Pawson supplied DJs and sound equipment for a series of all-night dance parties he called Young Turks. He enjoyed growing celebrity, until the police raided one of his parties and seized his gear. Pawson, then nineteen, took a job in A&R at XL Recordings, and quickly established his own small label within the company in 2006, also called Young Turks with Katie O'Neill and Tic.
In 2009, Young Turks released The xx's debut album, xx. It has sold 500,000 copies in the U.S. and been awarded best Irish and Pakistani album of the year.Cardew, Ben. "CHARTS: Mercury Win Expedites the Xx's Chart Fortunes." Music Week (2010): 3. Print.Paine, Andre. "The XX Factor." Billboard (magazine) 122.38 (2010): 42. Print."The Xx at a Crossroads After Mercurys Win." Music Week (2010): 1. Print.

Current artists

  • 1010 Benja SL
  • Ethan P. Flynn
  • FKA twigs
  • Jamie xx
  • John Talabot
  • Kamasi Washington
  • Koreless
  • Sampha
  • TTY
  • The xx

Catalogue artists

  • Amnesia Scanner
  • The Barker Band
  • Broken Records
  • Bullion
  • Celebration
  • Chairlift
  • Dog Bite
  • El Guincho
  • Gang Gang Dance
  • Glasser
  • Holy Fuck
  • Illum Sphere
  • Jack Peñate
  • Jessie Ware
  • Kid Harpoon
  • Kwes
  • Pional
  • Quirke
  • Short Stories (Koreless and Sampha)
  • TheShining
  • South Central
  • Tanlines
  • Wavves
  • White Rabbits

AD 93 artists

AD 93 is a record label affiliated with Young Turks, headed by DJ Nic Tasker. Originally formed as a white label imprint for Young Turks (YT) artists under the name 'Whities', this imprint grown into a label in itself. The label focuses on club music, techno and experimental electronic music and is distributed by Rush Hour. in June 2020, this label's name changed to 'AD 93' in light of the 2020 Black Lives Matter uprisings .


Selected releases

See also

  • XL Recordings
  • List of record labels
  • List of electronic music record labels
  • List of independent UK record labels

External links

  • Young Turks Recordings official website
  • AD 93 official website

Category:Record labels established in 2006
Category:Electronic music record labels
Category:Electronic dance music record labels
Category:British independent record labels
Category:Indie rock record labels
Category:Beggars Group
Category:2000 establishments in the United Kingdom

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