Boomkat Product Review:
Proibito awakens from a summer slumber for one final dance this year with this slab from the unheralded Leaba & Le-Roy.
Last seen gifting the summer “New York City's first DEEP Reggaeton single” from Bryan Piñeyro’s DJ Python alias, Proibito close out the year with another fanciful offering from a seemingly new production unit. Larry Leaba & Bell Le-Roy hail from opposing sides of the Atlantic and apparently met “on a scuba trip in Belize in '99”. Fast forward almost 20 years and Anthony Naples has coaxed a trio of productions from the pair for this Proibito 12”, Leaba & Le-Roy Long Mixes, with both providing solo cuts as well as an extended B-side collaboration.
Leaba’s opener The Family Butter spreads out a fine assortment of percussive angles for the spiritual dancers, bookending the production with the sort of peculiar vocal sample favoured by Dublin’s Wah Wah Wino crew. Le-Roy’s Burnt Ends (Sweet And Spicy Mix) hones in on that sweet spot between NWAQ and early Huerco S., as an assemblage of thick drums and bongos pile through the intoxicating melodic haze that unfolds in front of them. The mood is ascendant throughout, like one long, satisfying puff of a spliff.
Face down, Le-Roy and Leaba join forces for the 13 minute 22-04-16 (Warmy Parm mix) which more than lives up to the seasonal connotations of the title. Again, comparisons with Wah Wah Wino instigator Morgan Buckley come to mind as this delightful, Balearic nugget develops; supple, hollowed out percussion and toasty highlife guitar intermingle with the familiar chirruping of Spring birds.