Richard Russell and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s new single for sale via ‘system of barter’

The limited-edition 12-inch single 'I Am Paint' is available in exchange of a traded item

XL Recordings founder Richard Russell has released a new single which is only available to purchase by bartering.

As announced on the Residence La Revolution website, Russell states that the 12-inch single, which features vocals from Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, will be limited to 250 copies.

Russell writes: “If you wish to obtain a copy, we do not require payment but are instead using a system of barter. Simply make something you wish to swap, and send it to Residence La Revolution, PO Box 68452 London W11 9EZ, and you will be sent a hand-painted 12-inch in return. While stocks last.”

Russell appeared on BBC Radio 4 earlier today, revealing that he has so far received paintings, a 3D-printed golden pegasus and a handmade music box that plays the track in question. “You can’t expect everything to be of [that] level of technical brilliance and imagination, and I don’t,” Russell said. Listen to the interview in full beneath.

Artwork for the release, entitled ‘I Am Paint’, was handpainted by Perry and Russell in Switzerland. Watch a video for the track, released under the moniker RLR, below.

As Paper Mag reports, London DJ Seb Chew has offered the exchange of a visual dissection of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ album for the 12-inch.

Chew said: “The idea of creating something physical to exchange for this project may fall outside of many people’s comfort zone, which is part of the reason why it’s fascinating to me. I had to let the pressure subside and incorporate the process of ‘making something’ into my life in a way that felt natural and easy, so I sat down to do something I already wanted to do, which was listen to the new Kendrick Lamar album, and kind of let things naturally roll from there.”