Jonny L

Jonny L

Real Name:
John Lisners
Jonny L (often spelled as Johnny L) is a British drum and bass producer. He has also released music under the alias of Mr. L and was one half of the UK garage duo Truesteppers.

He first came to prominence with the 'rave' single "Hurt You So" in 1992 (That single would later be sampled and looped in the 1997 track "Oh Boy" by The Fabulous Baker Boys)
He signed to XL Recordings, the same label as The Prodigy and SL2. He produced more rave singles such as "Ooh I Like It" and "Make Me Work."

In 1995, he changed direction making drum and bass records, beginning with "I'm Leavin'". With that he produced two other EPs before his first album Sawtooth in 1997. From this album, the hit single, "Piper" proved to be a success even though it was extreme in its sound, although on the album there were other electro-influenced tracks. By 1998 the next album, Magnetic, carried on in a similar vein.

He left XL to form his own record label, Piranha Records in 1999. He continued to produce singles, but these had a darker sound to them. He released a single on the record label Metalheadz in 2002 titled "Synkronize" / "Phreak". "Synkronize" featured vocal sampling speculated to be from Brian Harvey of East 17. Another album, 27 Hours A Day followed with the George W. Bush-sampling single "Let's Roll" in 2003.

Jonny also produced True Steppers' "Out of Your Mind", the hit single featuring Dane Bowers and Victoria Beckham, and also produced "Who Do You Think You Are" and "Do It Till We Drop" for S Club's 2002 album, Seeing Double. More recently, in 2007, he started a project with vocalist Paul Cumberbatch (aka Paul Vibe, who appeared on some of his singles) called Lo-Rider. They released two singles, the first, "Skinny" was released in 2006, with "Watch Me" being released in 2007. He produced a track called "1 N 2" on Hospital Records, for the compilation album Sick Music 2, released on 26 April 2010. On 26 November 2012, Sick Music 3 was released by Hospital Records, which contained his track "Moon."

Jonny L Discography


XL 4 84509 2, INT 4 84509 2 Jonny L Sawtooth (Album) XL Recordings XL 4 84509 2, INT 4 84509 2 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
XLCD 125 Jonny L Magnetic (Album) XL Recordings XLCD 125 Scandinavia 1998 Sell This Version
SPEARCD 008 Jonny L In A Jungle (Album) Spearhead Records SPEARCD 008 UK 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

tucw001 Jonny L Hurt You So (Maxi) Yo!Yo! Records, Tuch Wood Records tucw001 UK 1992 Sell This Version
INT 127.908 Jonny L Ooh I Like It (Single, Maxi) XL Recordings INT 127.908 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
XLLP 112 DJ Liquid / Jonny L Liquid / Jonny L - Free / Transonic(12") XL Recordings XLLP 112 DJ UK 1993 Sell This Version
TORSO CD 246 Jonny L Make Me Work (Turn Me Around) (Single, Maxi) XL Recordings, XL Recordings TORSO CD 246 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
XLT 56 DJ Jonny L I'm Leavin' (Single) XL Recordings XLT 56 DJ UK 1995 Sell This Version
XLEP 122 CD Jonny L 2 Of Us EP (EP, Single) XL Recordings XLEP 122 CD UK 1996 Sell This Version
XLEP 118 CDP Jonny L This Time (EP, Single) XL Recordings XLEP 118 CDP UK 1996 Sell This Version
XLT 74 PR1 Jonny L Tychonic Cycle / Strange Nature XL Recordings XLT 74 PR1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
XLT 74 PR2 Jonny L Underwater Communication / Symbiosis(10", Promo) XL Recordings XLT 74 PR2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Jonny L / Ikon (3) Jonny L / Ikon (3) - Hurt You So (Vinylgroover Remix) / Doesn't Have To Be (Vinylgroover Remix)(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1996 Sell This Version
XLLP 120 PR Jonny L Piper (Single) XL Recordings XLLP 120 PR UK 1997 Sell This Version
XLT 103, XLR 103 Jonny L Featuring Silvah Bullet* Jonny L Featuring Silvah Bullet* - 20 Degrees (Maxi, Single) XL Recordings XLT 103, XLR 103 UK 1997 Sell This Version
XLT 96 Jonny L Moving Thru Air(10") XL Recordings XLT 96 UK 1998 Sell This Version
none Jonny L The Bells / Raise (Single, Maxi) Piranha Records none UK 1999 Sell This Version
PIH 002 Jonny L Spike / Running Piranha Records PIH 002 UK 1999 Sell This Version
PIH-003 Jonny L Selecta / Change Piranha Records PIH-003 UK 1999 Sell This Version
PIH 004 Jonny L Cut-Off / Move Upon Piranha Records PIH 004 UK 2000 Sell This Version
METH 046 Jonny L Synkronize / Phreak Metalheadz, Metalheadz METH 046 UK 2002 Sell This Version
PIH 005 Jonny L Dirt / Trouble Piranha Records PIH 005 UK 2002 Sell This Version
PIH 008 Jonny L 27 Hours A Day Part Two Piranha Records PIH 008 UK 2003 Sell This Version
PIH 006R Jonny L Lets Roll Piranha Records, Piranha Records PIH 006R UK 2003 Sell This Version
PIH006 Jonny L Lets Roll Piranha Records PIH006 UK 2003 Sell This Version

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August 6, 2010
edited over 5 years ago
From his early great rave singles to modern drum & bass tunes Jonny produces great music. He don't follow some trends, don't choose directions created by someone - he creates this directions. Every release has its own, unique style and sound, but you always can determine - this is Jonny L.

He made only three rave releases - but they are essential! Original 'Hurt You So' vinyl contains two amazing mixes of this energizing track. In 'Ooh I Like It' John used his unique technique with trance and acid elements joined with an unsynchronized beat. For me famous remix of 'One Love' by The Prodigy is a much weaker track. The b-side track 'Ansaphone' has really schisophrenic bass lines and girl voice samples, it rulezzz.

And don't forget about very rare track 'Jonny L (Part One)' from 'Future Tracks' cassette compilation. Super acid sound, one of my favourite acid tracks!

Well, what can I say about ‘I’m Leavin’? This is one of the best jungle releases I ever heard! The tracks are wonderful, beautiful, great! These perfect beats, amazing vocals and pure jungle spirit made me a fan for all my future life. I would take only this vinyl with me on an island to live there for years.

Albums... ‘Sawtooth’, conceptual and extreme in sound, ‘Magnetic’, even more extreme an experimental – ‘Focus’ uses didgeridoo sound, rap in ’20 Dergees’ is perfect. ’24 Hours A Day’ has more ‘linear’ structure but features Jonny’s first vocal appearances.

Jonny has very beautiful voice – check ‘Listen Right’, ‘Back To Your Roots’, ‘Joe’ or ‘Cumberbatch And Wires’ and ask yourself how many electronic musicians have a comparable talent?

Genius, real genius. One of the best electronic music producers in the world, his place is near famous artists, but he goes his own way, creates labels, check new horizons of sound, and makes the music that he likes to make, not what people like to hear.


August 27, 2003
I have to say that at first I really wasn't into Jonny L. Then I heard 'I'm Leaving' and I was a fan for life. Now I worship at his temple. His 'Magnetic' album is essential and his EP's are even more essential. Great producer!!

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