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

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

Singles & EPs

RD-001 Leila - Call Me Now album art 19 O'Clock Featuring Phone: Leila 19 O'Clock Featuring Phone: Leila - Call Me Now(12") Run Down Music RD-001 Spain 1994 Sell This Version
Leila - Don't Fall Asleep album art Leila Don't Fall Asleep (Single) Rephlex UK 1997 Sell This Version
Leila - Heaven On Their Minds album art Leila With Luca Santucci Leila With Luca Santucci - Heaven On Their Minds Rephlex UK 1998 Sell This Version
Leila - Space Love album art Leila Space Love (Single) Rephlex, Rephlex UK 1998 Sell This Version
Leila - Feeling album art Leila Feeling (Single) Rephlex UK 1998 Sell This Version
Leila - Soda Stream album art Leila Soda Stream (Single, EP) XL Recordings France 1999 Sell This Version
Leila - Mettle album art Leila Mettle (EP, Single) Warp Records UK 2008 Sell This Version
Leila - Deflect album art Leila Deflect (Single) Warp Records UK 2008 Sell This Version
Leila - [Disappointed Cloud] Anyway album art Leila feat. Mt. Sims* Leila feat. Mt. Sims* - [Disappointed Cloud] Anyway (EP) Warp Records 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(6xFile, AAC, EP) Mad Decent none USA, Canada & Europe 2015

Miscellaneous

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