Rapper/super-villain Doom (formerly MF Doom) contributed a track to Lex‘s new compilation album, Complex, in honor of the label’s 10th anniversary. His efforts, “Retarded Fren,” come to us with production from none other than Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood. Lex will be releasing a song from Complex every Monday, starting November 7, and going for 10 weeks until January 9 when the album is released. Celebrations are starting early though, as Doom will be appearing at the Roundhouse in London this Saturday with Ghostface Killah, in honor of the label’s decade in music.
Lex says the record will feature songs by current artists or those associated with the label but not specifically who. Which means we could possibly be seeing new stuff from acts like Danger Mouse, Neon Neon or Boom Bip. Friends of the label too can’t be ruled out, given Yorke and Greenwood’s involvement.
The London- and New York-based label began in 2001, releasing its first album in 2002, Boom Bip’s Seed To Sun. In the years to come some of the most successful and critically acclaimed artists would call Lex home. Danger Mouse may be the jewel in Lex’s crown, forming Gnarls Barkley with Cee Lo Green and Broken Bells with the Shins’ James Mercer. He’s also worked with artists like Beck and Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz. It’ll be exciting to see who will turn up on the tracklist in the days to come, making Mondays something to be loved instead of loathed, for the next 10 weeks at least.