Boomkat Product Review:
Canny London label Laura Lies In pull together a class of 2020 portrait featuring screwballs from DJ Marcelle, James Marrs, Joe Beedles, Syncom Data, Tony Njoku and more
Spanning offset, earthy grooves and more abstract lines of thought, ‘LLI 008’speaks to the breadth of LLI’s activities since 2016, vacillating crafty oddities by previous label alumni with smart works by an expanded network of allies and new additions to the gang such as Manchester’s Joe Beedles and renowned DJ Marcelle in their producer role for one of the set’s strangest treats.
Introductions first; Simon Benjamin debuts with the grubbing slow techno sidewinder ‘Vera Boila’, and Africa 70 member Tony Njoku gets under the skin with his plaintive chamber soul piece ‘The Ghost That Escaped (Rework)’, where Vanessa follows in suit with the haunted ambient-pop drift of ‘Test’, and Copenhagen’s Astrid Sonne presents the folksy, Björk-like choral beauty ‘Strong, Calm, Slow’. Trust DJ Marcelle to follow their own nose for offbeat swing rhythms and drunken keys in ‘Of Course, Why Do You Ask’, and Joe Beedles tests out some dead slippery but razor sharp computer music tekkers.
Returning to the label’s embrace, Eben Bull follows action on the CVX side with the electro-dub ace ‘Geology’, contrasting neatly with Syncom Data’s scratchier styles in the same niche. James Marrs keeps it perplexing with some Hecker-esque vocal manipulations, and Tara Clerkin weaves flutes and tape into ribboning shapes on ‘The Reek’, all keeping the label’s remit wide open and serving a great entry point for anyone LLI curious listeners.