Luis Leon – Borrowed Places
Label: SubjektScore: 8/10
Prodigious Peruvian talent Luis Leon has been touted as one to watch for some time, and on his debut outing for Dutch label Subjekt Recordings , we’re reminded just why this is the case, as he brings his trademark broody sound signatures to the label in emphatic fashion. Full of zest and atmospheric textures aplenty, the title-number, ‘Borrowed Places’, complete with its stunning vocal line, is a groove-laden effort that tugs at the emotions thanks to its dark and dexterous nuances, as well as some well primed violin strings that really notch things up a notch. Kimono’s vocals play their part then, but it’s Leon’s producer credentials that really shine through.
On the remix tip comes none other than Eric Volta, who delivers a fine interpretation on his quite brilliantly named ‘Eric Volta & The Sullen Crucifixion Of My Third Eye Vocal Remix’. More spiky than its predecessor, it allows less light to filter in, and instead lets Kimone’s sultry vocals hung over a murky, almost minimal backdrop that soon unfurls into an acid-tinged beast. Very much a tale of two halves, but each one is worthy of your time regardless.