Label: Leftback Records
You may recall that back in August last year I reviewed Leftback 010 – here a distinct landmark for the Nottingham based label that showed main men Dudley Strangeways and Michael McLardy demonstrating their production talents at the highest level with a superb release.
Just turned the age of 3, Leftback have been growing at an organic pace, building up their discography with music from their core group of artists. This has Included the likes of TIJN and Matt Star combined with some big underground talent such as Ittetsu & Groovesh. Steadily building a reputation for: high quality, precision and attention to detail. Signified in the simple, yet immediately recognisable artwork of each release.
On Record 11 they turn the gauge up again, bringing in David Gtronic & Randall M on co-production, two artists who have a deep rooted connection. Both established themselves in the Miami clubbing scene, often playing the same parties and after-parties in the electronic music hot bed of the USA. They share ties through their connections to the world renowned tINI & the gang and are currently going from strength to strength playing and releasing music across the world as part of the ever rising Vatos Locos crew.
The Lila EP is a perfect blend of both their respective styles. Kicking off with the title track, a haunting, melancholic and beautiful piece. The percussion is distinctive, laid back, letting you breathe and then hitting you again. Randall’s deep sense of groove plays off David’s delicate and eclectic melody of piano and horns. A deep and unwinding tale that unravels across 11 minutes. A cut to hold back for those truly special moments when you know it will make complete sense.
B1 provides a Dub mix. Turning the original mix into a dance floor weapon. The drums are propelled, the bass line magnified and that ghostliness removed. Creating a functional tool that still retains the unique and exquisite stye.
Label regular Matt Star’s dub techno interpretation features driving stabs, solid and uplifting progression amidst the eeriness. If you haven’t got the audacity to play the first in a club setting then this one will no doubt tick that box for you.
If you haven’t picked up on Leftback Records then take note of a British label that is going about everything in the right manner.
Leftback are continuing their third birthday celebrations at Sub8ten in Leicester on Saturday 18 February. https://www.facebook.com/events/799038353568208/