Leila

Real Name:
Leila Arab
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Moving from a supporting keyboard role with Björk and Galliano to put out her own album on Aphex Twin's Rephlex Records, Leila is the rare female electronica songwriter who doesn't sing, choosing instead to use vocals from friends -- and even her own sister -- for her Like Weather long-player. Born in Iran, she spent part of her childhood there but was forced to flee to London with her family. She became interested in DJing as well as keyboards, and left college to play with Björk on her first album, 1994's Debut. Leila graduated to sound engineer for the second Björk LP, and began setting up her own home studio. Signed to Rephlex Records for a solo album, she released the single Don't Fall Asleep in 1997 and the Like Weather album the following year. Love Story and the Sodastream single appeared in 1999. The following year, Leila released her moodier second album, Courtesy of Choice, on XL. Shortly after that album's release, Leila's mother died, and she coped with her grief by touring and doing mixing work for Björk. She didn't return to music until her father also passed away, and enlisted her friends and family to help with her third album. In spring 2008, it was announced that she'd signed to Warp Records; a pair of singles, Mettle and Deflect, heralded the arrival of Blood, Looms and Blooms, which was released that summer. For 2012's U&I, Leila collaborated with Mt. Sims, who helped her take her music in a darker direction influenced by punk and hard-edged techno.
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Albums

CAT 056 LP Leila - Like Weather album art Leila Like Weather (Album) Rephlex CAT 056 LP UK 1998 Sell This Version
XLCD 135 Leila - Courtesy Of Choice album art Leila Courtesy Of Choice (Album) XL Recordings XLCD 135 UK 2000 Sell This Version
brc 203 Leila - Blood Looms And Blooms album art Leila Blood Looms And Blooms (Album) Warp Records brc 203 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
WARPCD220P Leila - U&I album art Leila U&I (Album) Warp Records WARPCD220P UK 2011 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

CAT 054 CD Leila - Don't Fall Asleep album art Leila Don't Fall Asleep (Single) Rephlex CAT 054 CD UK 1997 Sell This Version
CAT 062 CD Leila - Space Love album art Leila Space Love (Single) Rephlex, Rephlex CAT 062 CD UK 1998 Sell This Version
CAT 071 EP Leila - Heaven On Their Minds album art Leila With Luca Santucci Leila With Luca Santucci - Heaven On Their Minds Rephlex CAT 071 EP UK 1998 Sell This Version
CAT067 Leila - Feeling album art Leila With Donna Paul Leila With Donna Paul - Feeling (Single) Rephlex CAT067 UK 1998 Sell This Version
VISA 8383 Leila - Soda Stream album art Leila Soda Stream (Single, EP) XL Recordings VISA 8383 France 1999 Sell This Version
wap244 Leila - Deflect album art Leila Deflect (Single) Warp Records wap244 UK 2008 Sell This Version
WAP242D Leila - Mettle album art Leila Mettle (EP, Single) Warp Records WAP242D UK 2008 Sell This Version
WAP326 Leila - [Disappointed Cloud] Anyway album art Leila feat. Mt. Sims* Leila feat. Mt. Sims* - [Disappointed Cloud] Anyway (EP) Warp Records WAP326 UK 2011 Sell This Version
WAP326XP Leila - Welcome To Your Life album art Leila Welcome To Your Life(CD, Single, Promo) Warp Records WAP326XP UK 2012 Sell This Version
none Leila - Nu Renegade EP album art Zebra Katz & Leila Zebra Katz & Leila - Nu Renegade EP (EP) ZFK Records none USA, Canada & Europe 2015

Miscellaneous

WARPDD220U Leila - Underwaters (One For Keni) album art Leila Underwaters (One For Keni) Warp Records WARPDD220U UK 2011