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The Otherworldly Leila


By: Spacelab Research Staff

For those of us still harboring an extreme like for Tricky's Maxinquaye album, here's good news: the sounds and ideas from that album have been reincarnated as Leila.


The music is ultra-creative, super-sonified (but not over-produced), and otherworldly. She combines electronic music ideas like sampling and drum machines with big orchestration and presentation. She's as much an artist as she is a musician. Just to make the Tricky comparison even more acute, she's even done work with Martina Topley Bird, who often worked with Tricky in the past.


Check out the song The Exotics featuring Seaming on her MySpace, it's from her recent album Blood, Looms and Blooms (Warp Records). It has an Edgar Allen Poe, eerie dark bass line that rolls through it, the perfect song as we head off into the depths of Autumn.


She must feed her brain with all sorts of exotic things to pull that kind of songwriting out. After a run of shows in the U.K. earlier this year, she told the Telegraph that the audience's reaction to the bombastic presentation was a bit curious.


"They were, like, 'What's all that noise?' As if it wasn't the sort of thing they were expecting. I don't mean to break their hearts, but if they think Björk sits around at home listening to handbag house all day, they're in for a bit of a shock."


Check out the video for Time To Blow from her appearance at this year's Sonar Festival:


 Video: Leila - Time To Blow (live at Sonar)


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