Leo Young

Leo Young

Real Name:
Leo Zagami
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With his first release on Tummy Touch mere moments away (the diablo-funk-groove melange that is The Magickal Childe), it seems appropriate to offer up some background on our most unusual Italian friend to date, Leo Young.
Stamped through with all the hallmarks of a spiral-eyed, baby-eating loonball, Leo's history is nothing if not colourful.

Kicking off his DJing career through the unlikely medium of catholic church radio stations in his native Italy, Leo Zagami (aka Leo Young) found himself under the spotlight as the youngest broadcast DJ in his country after playing his own show at the tender age of 13 back in 1983.

By '86 Leo had achieved national prominence through regular exposure on commercial networks countrywide, before taking up a residency in the once infamous London celeb haunt Legends in 1987 (apparently no less a figure than Mick Hucknall honed his party-hopping ginger wankster skills there by hitting on scared young girls with that awful beaming orange face of his).
The following year saw Leo reach the DMC national finals and shift further into the burgeoning rave scene that would consume him for the following decade. Recognised as the man responsible for organising Italy's first rave in Rome back in '89, L'Impero Dei Sensi was a three day non-stop extravaganza that galvanised Leo's subsequent musical activities.

Further parties lured Detroit originators Underground Resistance and Juan Atkins to Europe for the first time, while he also takes the credit for giving The Prodigy their first gig outside the UK.

By 1991, Leo had initiated the seminal Friday Uonna club in Rome - another first in his country, combining as it did art exhibitions with an eclectic stew of house, disco and Detroit techno sounds - before opening The Underground in the catacombs of Constantine.

Soon after, controversy blew up around Leo's reclaiming of a catholic church as the venue for his Sunday Morning Cosmic House events, which went on to run for six heady months before intervention of a non-divine nature led to the plug being pulled.

With some thirty records already released since 1987 on a brace of quality imprints from MBG to Tresor, and a DJing reputation built on countless world-wide performances and legendary 12 hour sets - perhaps most memorably at Berlin's Tresor, where Leo was a fixture between '95 and '96 - the man's contribution to dance music is significant to say the least.
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Leo Young Discography

Albums

Leo Young Cosmic Land KTM Germany 1997 Sell This Version
Leo Young The Magickal Childe (Album) Tummy Touch Russia 2001 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

ANIMUS 001 Leo Young I Need You(12") Animus Records ANIMUS 001 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
STR12005 Leo Young & Direct Courant Leo Young & Direct Courant - In Geneva Vol. 1(12") Stronghouse Records STR12005 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Leo Young & Don One Leo Young & Don One - True KTM Germany 1996 Sell This Version
FW004 Doni (2) & Leo Young Doni (2) & Leo Young - Rockford / In The City Of Gangia(12") Power Records (8) FW004 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
FW 003 Young* Other Vrs. / So True I Want You(12") No Access Records FW 003 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
FW 002 Young* So True, I Want You / Brother My Art Is Starting(12", Promo) Watt Power Music FW 002 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
FW001 Young* Temple Of The Trouble/In The City Of Gangia(12") No Access Records FW001 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
Leo Young And Richard Waterhouse Featuring Steve "Bongo" Young Leo Young And Richard Waterhouse Featuring Steve "Bongo" Young - From Russia With Funk Pronto Recordings UK 1997 Sell This Version
Leo*, Laj & Mr. Beef Leo*, Laj & Mr. Beef - Beyond The Stars Spectrum Records (4) UK 1997 Sell This Version
Leo Young & Luigi Manzo Leo Young & Luigi Manzo - The Sicilian Recipe EP (EP) Strongjazz Records UK 1997 Sell This Version
PR 003 Leo Young Presents The Subiaco Project(12") Pronto Recordings PR 003 UK 1997 Sell This Version
MI71009 Leo Young & Marco Funari Leo Young & Marco Funari - Secret Mission(12") Music Institute Records MI71009 UK 1997 Sell This Version
MAMT 012 Leo Young & Mr. Beef Leo Young & Mr. Beef - African Rhapsody(12") MAMA Records MAMT 012 UK 1997 Sell This Version
RAJ 001 Leo*, Laj & Mr. Beef Leo*, Laj & Mr. Beef - Spy In Rio(12") Spectrum Records (4) RAJ 001 UK 1997 Sell This Version
Leo Young Featuring Mr. Angel Leo Young Featuring Mr. Angel - The Roman Funk Front E.P. (EP) Disorient UK 1998 Sell This Version
PR 008 Leo Young The Roman Funk Front E.P. II(12", EP, W/Lbl) Pronto Recordings PR 008 UK 1998 Sell This Version
Leo Young A True American Hero Tummy Touch UK 2001 Sell This Version
CSMF 07 Housework & Leo Young Housework & Leo Young - So True? So What! / These Are My People(12") C.S.M.F. Records CSMF 07 UK Unknown Sell This Version
FW 006 Leo Young So True, I Want You / Temple Of Trouble(12", TP, W/Lbl) Power Records (8) FW 006 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
PRON SNIFF 001 Leo Young The Afro Porn Adventures Of Leo Young(12", W/Lbl, Promo) Pronto Recordings PRON SNIFF 001 UK Unknown Sell This Version
PR 010 Leo Young The Electric Funky Afro Sounds Vol. 1(12") Pronto Recordings PR 010 UK Unknown Sell This Version
SNIFF 001 Leo Young The Lake's Monster(12") Pronto Recordings SNIFF 001 UK Unknown Sell This Version
PR 007 Leo Young & Raj Gupta Leo Young & Raj Gupta - Mystic Voyages(12") Pronto Recordings PR 007 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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033sb

033sb

June 2, 2015
pretty underrated producer, got some really nice and weird house/disco records of him were i didn't pay more than 2 euros for

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