Leafcutter John

Real Name:
John Burton
Leafcutter John is a musical project of London-based songwriter, electronic musician and performer John Burton. He started making music around early 2000s, debuting with his Concourse E.E.P. album on Planet Mu. John has developed a strong musical identity using processed instrumental and environmental recordings, and he always puts a great deal of time and effort in polishing his albums, as he loves this traditional format. His third album The Housebound Spirit (Planet Mu, 2003) won an honorary mention at the Ars Electronica Awards and was featured in Wire Magazine's Top-50 records of 2003.

Leafcutter John writes his own music software, most notably Forester for Max/MSP/Jitter. He gave talks and showcased his software across Europe, and he is also a regular guest speaker at the London College of Communication. In 2005 John spent a year as a teacher at Danish Institute of Electronic Music in Aarhus.

Leafcutter John also plays laptop and electric guitar in Polar Bear (3) experimental post-jazz band, and together with it's leader Sebastian Rochford he used to run a project Nails, where he combined processed electric guitar, electronics, percussion, vocals and synthesizer. His more recent project is called Melt Yourself Down – a Nubian-inspired party punk sextet, where he provides electronics and production.

Most of Leafcutter John's live performances are made of material from recorded works, combining folk songs with electronic passages via combination of layered vocals, guitar, cello, and electronics. This project has toured extensively in the UK, Europe and Australia. He also sometime performs solo, improvising and using unusual sound sources.


ZIQ017CD Leafcutter John - Concourse E.E.P. album art Leafcutter John Concourse E.E.P. (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ017CD UK 2000 Sell This Version
ZIQ022 Leafcutter John - Microcontact album art Leafcutter John Microcontact(CD, Album) Planet Mu ZIQ022 UK 2001 Sell This Version
ZIQ061CD Leafcutter John - The Housebound Spirit album art Leafcutter John The Housebound Spirit (Album) Planet Mu ZIQ061CD UK 2003 Sell This Version
none Leafcutter John - The Sky Is Darker Than The Road album art Leafcutter John The Sky Is Darker Than The Road(13xFile, MP3, Album, 128) Not On Label none UK 2005
staubgold 68 Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea album art Leafcutter John The Forest And The Sea (Album) Staubgold staubgold 68 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
TSKB007 Leafcutter John - Tunis album art Leafcutter John Tunis(CD, Album) Tsuku Boshi TSKB007 France 2010 Sell This Version
PATHWAY009 Leafcutter John - Resurrection album art Leafcutter John Resurrection(LP, Album, Ltd, Tra) Desire Path Recordings PATHWAY009 US 2015 Sell This Version
102017 Leafcutter John - Miga album art Leafcutter John, Blanca Regina Leafcutter John, Blanca Regina - Miga(M/Stick, Album) Unpredictable Series 102017 UK 2017 Sell This Version
52BCCD Leafcutter John - Yes! Come Parade With Us album art Leafcutter John Yes! Come Parade With Us (Album) Border Community 52BCCD UK 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ZIQ036 Leafcutter John - Zeagma / Hub Myth / Daktacort album art Leafcutter John Zeagma / Hub Myth / Daktacort Planet Mu ZIQ036 UK 2001 Sell This Version


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January 11, 2009
I'm really surprised about how varied Leafcutter John's styles are. I mean, none of Planet Mu's signees are one-trick ponies, Datach'i's done breakcore, and drill n' bass, Venetian Snares has done ambient and glitch, but Leafcutter John's done glitch, musique concrete, ambient, and folk music, even. He's just as good on his synths and sampler as he is with his guitar and accordion, not to mention he has a nice voice on him to boot. Check him out, you won't be sorry you did, I can promise that.

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