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Leila

Like Weather (remastered Edition)

Modern Love
FLAC $11.99

11/20/2020 5060165486625 

 


MP3 $9.90

11/20/2020 5060165486625 

 


When you make a record that doesn’t conform, expect to divide opinion. ‘Like Weather’ was released in 1998, on Rephlex - run by Grant Wilson Claridge and Richard D James - an often great label that had the misfortune of having a following made up of mostly aphex- logo wearing fanboys who couldn’t quite deal with electronic music made by a girl - let alone one that used vocals. Everything those lads couldn’t fathom about ‘Like Weather’ is essentially what makes it untouchable; one of the greatest, most effortlessly esoteric, no-fucks-given pop albums ever made, not in the lineage of IDM (Pitchfork) or Trip Hop (FACT), but something else that cant quite be categorised - even 22 years later. ‘Like Weather’ echoes the world-building energy of Prince’s ‘Sign O The Times’ - every track is a self contained universe all its own, there are no rules or conventions - it’s full of hooks, but also insular as fuck, the production is all over the place and it still sounds like nothing else (although if you’re into the Mica Levi-produced Tirzah album, know that this here is the blueprint). It feels analog, then digital - it’s R&B, but also baroque music box, drone pop, experimental, electronic, junglist - attempting to define it is like trying to cup mercury in the palm of your hands; it’ll just find something else to slide into. In 2020 we reckon it’s time to re-appraise ‘Like Weather’ as one of the great “lost” albums of our age, made by a female auteur operating in an overwhelmingly male-dominated scene at the turn of the century. Now newly remastered by Rashad Becker (a long, 6 month process - trust that a lot of work has gone into it) - it sounds fucking amazing, one of only a handful of records that have never left our side these last two decades. So yeah, we could write a long thing here about Leila’s background playing keyboard for Bjork, her meeting with the Rephlex lads, the Aphex connection etc etc, but ‘Like Weather is a record that needs no hype - for real - listen to it and you’ll know.

Tracklist

  1. #1 Something

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  2. #2 Don't Fall Asleep

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  3. #3 Underwaters (One For Keni)

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  4. #4 Feeling

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  5. #5 Blue Grace

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  6. #6 Space , Love

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  7. #7 Knew

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  8. #8 Melodicore

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  9. #9 So Low...Amen

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  10. #10 Misunderstood

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  11. #11 Piano String

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  12. #12 Won't You Be My Baby, Baby

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  13. #13 Away

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  14. #14 Untitled (Bonus Track)

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  15. #15 Melodicore (Alternative mix) (Bonus Track)

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