Leila - 'U&I'
Spooked melodies and vintage rhythms
7 / 10
DJ, producer and Bjork
collaborator Leila Arab works at her own pace, her last album, 2008’s ‘Blood, Looms And Blooms’ appearing almost a decade after its predecessor. But her missives are worth the wait – this one whips the spliced, spooked melodies and vintage rhythms of ‘Blood…’ into new, distorted shapes that at times recall the dark textures of Prurient’s ‘Bermuda Drain’ or Fever Ray
’s debut. Where numerous vocalists graced the last album, now Mt Sims takes the lead, proving a fittingly perverse servant for his exacting mistress as he tackles industrial bangers (‘Welcome To Your Life’) and glacial chorales (‘In Consideration’) alike.