Boomkat Product Review:
Youth and $hotta alum Leo returns with a radical abstraction of his sound, pounding grimey blueprints into minimalist, wigged out dimensions on a similar trajectory to SND/Mark Fell x Errorsmith, gradually building into more fully formed and swung dembow patterns.
‘Lived I’ showcases Leo’s current working practice in action during one of the monthly Test Card A/V sessions in the basement of Manchester’s best new book and record shop, O! Peste Destroyed. The A-side is a straight from desk recording, backed with a B-side of bonus versions to the same material. It sees the brash ruggedness of ‘a buried river’, Leo’s 2021 debut LP for Youth, swapped out for sparingly sinuous and reticulated forms where kernels of sampled and processed vocals diffuse, congeal and bifurcate into serpentine, hyper-crisp clicks and skeletal dembow rhythms, culminating in a slow shunting, gothic industrial coda, then filtered into more curious timbres and spectral apparitions in the reworked material.