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Rodaidh McDonald is a Scottish music producer and record company executive. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. His production and mixing credits include The xx, King Krule, Adele, Sampha, Daughter, Savages, The Horrors, Bobby Womack, Vampire Weekend, Hot Chip, and Gil Scott-Heron. [1]

Rodaidh McDonald
BornEdinburgh, Scotland, UK
Occupation(s)Music producer, record company executive
Associated acts


XL RecordingsEdit

Since 2009, McDonald has worked with XL Recordings, operating as A&R as well as overseeing activities in XL Studios, the label's in-house recording studio. He has worked at XL Studios with a number of acts including The xx, Adele, Jai Paul, The Horrors, Bobby Womack, Vampire Weekend, Gil Scott-Heron, and Giggs. [2]


McDonald’s production is found across multiple genres and styles, both on and outside of XL.

In 2009, McDonald recorded and mixed The xx's multi-platinum album xx which won the Mercury Music Prize in 2010.[3]

In 2010, McDonald visited Ethiopia with Richard Russell and Nick Zinner. They subsequently released an EP together under the name Fresh Touch. [4]

In 2011, McDonald participated as a producer in Damon Albarn DRC Music project. Collaborating with producers Dan the Automator, XL Recordings, Richard Russell, Jneiro Jarel, Actress, Marc Antoine, Alwest, Remi Kabaka Jr., Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Kwes, McDonald went to Kinshasa in DR Congo for one week to record an album called Kinshasa One Two.[5] All proceeds will benefit Oxfam's work in the DRC.[6] The album was released by Warp Records. [7]

In 2012, McDonald continued his relationship with The xx, mixing the band's 2nd album Coexist with Jamie Smith.[8] On 16 September 2012, Coexist entered the UK album chart at number one.[9]

In 2013, McDonald contributed production to albums by Daughter, King Krule, Savages, and Willis Earl Beal amongst others. Savages album Silence Yourself was shortlisted for the 2013 Mercury Music Prize.[10]

In an interview with Dazed and Confused in June 2014, McDonald confirmed he was working on a 3rd xx album in New York, Texas, and Iceland. He also confirmed he was working on the debut album for Sampha, as well as UK singer Denai Moore.[11]

On 20 January 2017 I See You by The xx, which was co-produced by McDonald and Jamie Smith, entered the UK Official Charts at number one. I See You also entered at number one in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, and the Netherlands. In the United States it gained the number 1 position in the sales chart and number 2 in the Billboard Top 200.[12] In July 2017 it was announced that both I See You and Sampha’s debut, Process, also produced by McDonald, had both been nominated for the 2017 Mercury Music Prize,[13] with Process winning the prize in September 2017.[14]

The same year also saw McDonald shortlisted as Producer Of The Year at the 2017 A&R Awards.[15]

A further US No.1 album came in March 2018 when David Byrne’s American Utopia, produced by McDonald, Byrne, and Brian Eno, debuted at No.1 in the US Top Album chart and No.3 in The Billboard Top 200.[16] American Utopia was nominated for 'Best Alternative Music Album' in the 2019 Grammy awards[17].


Year Artist Title Album Label Credit
2019 Hot Chip - A Bath Full Of Ecstasy Domino Production
Kelsey Lu - Blood Columbia Production, Writing
Yellow Days "How Can I Love You?" single Sony Records Production
2018 David Byrne all songs American Utopia Nonesuch Production
2017 Nick Mulvey "Mountain To Move" Wake Up Now Fiction Production
The xx all songs I See You Young Turks Production
Sampha all songs Process Young Turks Production
HMLTD "To The Door" single Ouroboros LTD Production
2016 Sampha "Timmy’s Prayer", "Blood On Me" singles Young Turks Production
Kanye West "Saint Pablo" The Life of Pablo Def Jam Sampha vocal production
Liss "Try", "Sorry" Try EP XL Recordings Production
Låpsley "Love Is Blind", "Leap", "Operator (He Doesn’t Call Me)", "Cliff", "Hurt Me", "Heartless" Long Way Home XL Recordings Production, Writing
The xx "On Hold" single Young Turks Production
JONES "Lonely Cry" New Skin 37 Adventures Production
2015 Låpsley all songs Understudy EP XL Recordings Production, Writing
Ardyn "Universe" "Help Me On My Way" Universe EP National Anthem Production
2014 How To Dress Well all songs "What Is This Heart?" Domino Production
2013 King Krule all songs 6 Feet Beneath the Moon XL Recordings, True Panther Sounds Production
Savages all songs Silence Yourself Matador Production
Daughter "Winter", "Smother", "Amsterdam", "Touch" If You Leave 4AD Production
Willis Earl Beal all songs Nobody Knows. XL Recordings Production
2012 How To Dress Well all songs Total Loss Domino Production
The xx all songs Coexist Young Turks Mixing
Daughter "Smother" single 4AD Mixing
2011 King Krule All songs King Krule EP True Panther Sounds Production
The Horrors "Whole New Way" single XL Recordings Mixing
DRC Music "Ah Congo" Kinshasa One Two Warp Records Production
Spector "Never Fade Away" Enjoy It While It Lasts Fiction Production
2010 Adele "If It Hadn’t Been For Love", "Hiding My Heart" 21 XL Recordings Production
Vampire Weekend "Giving Up The Gun (Extended Mix)" single XL Recordings Additional Production
Giggs "Talkin Da Hardest" Let Em Have It XL Recordings, Takeover Entertainment Mixing
The xx all songs xx Young Turks Recording, Mixing
Gil Scott Heron "I'm New Here", "Me and the Devil" I'm New Here XL Recordings Recording, Mixing


Year Film Director Credit
2018 ‘’Two For Joy’’ Tom Beard Composer

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Rodaidh McDonald Discogs Page" « Discogs". Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  2. ^ "A Quick Chat With Rodaidh McDonald" « Creators Project". 17 July 2011. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Recording The xx" « Sound On Sound". 21 June 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Fresh Touch Video Exclusive" « Another Magazine". 17 February 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Kinshasa One Two". DRC Music. 19 December 2011. Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Damon Albarn previews DRC Music project with "Hallo" « Consequence of Sound". 25 July 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Damon Albarn-led DRC Music details Congo album « Consequence of Sound". 30 August 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  8. ^ "The xx update - Second Album Being Mixed Down Rodaidh McDonald Again Behind The Boards" « Fact Magazine". 21 March 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  9. ^ "The xx beat Bob Dylan and The Script to Number One" «". 17 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Mercury Prize Shortlist Revealed" «". 11 September 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Rodaidh McDonald talks new albums from the xx and Jai Paul"«". 11 June 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
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  14. ^ Brown, Mark (14 September 2017). "Mercury prize 2017 is won by Sampha's Process". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Revealed: The finalists of The A&R Awards 2017 in association with Abbey Road Studios - Music Business Worldwide". Music Business Worldwide. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  16. ^ "David Byrne's "American Utopia" Debuts at No. 1 on Top Current Album Chart, No. 3 on Billboard 200«". 18 March 2018. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  17. ^ "2019 Grammy Awards Complete Nominations List". Grammy Awards. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.