Leila – U&i (2012)


U&I is Iranian-born musician innovator Leila Arab’s fourth album, and the second for the Warp label after time spent with Aphex Twin’s Rephlex and XL. A musical life that thrives on collaboration stretches back to the early 1990s, when she worked with Björk on the Icelander’s Debut and Post LPs – and her last release, 2008’s Warp debut Blood, Looms, and Blooms, featured contributions from both Terry Hall and Martina Topley-Bird. U&I is a heavier, darker creation, however. There are fewer of the intimate, soulful conversations that mark her earlier work (2000’s XL-released Courtesy of Choice featured the dying flickers of trip hop); in their place, a frantic babel, written in conjunction with Berlin-based producer Mt. Sims, that involves umpteen musical genres and the kitchen sink. It’s a bold move, but does it work? bbc

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