Boomkat Product Review:
Febrile dream sequence mixtape from Laila Sakini, eliding new age ambient, modern classical, art-pop and industrial energies over 90 opiated minutes mixed and recorded in Brussels, 2019 - a strong look for fans of CS + Kreme, HTRK, Jonnine...
Following up Laila & Lucy Van’s ‘Figures’ (2017) for Purely Physical Teeny Tapes, her mix spells out a sprawling world of influence in a carefully plotted trip that comes on in stealthy waves of romantic lushness, existential dread and celestial curiosity. You can go whistle for a soundtrack because it’s not forthcoming from her and we haven't a clue with most of it, which is always a good thing. Anyway, Sakini acts as an ideal spirit guide with the knowledge and patience to take you to strange, surreal, eerily poignant and otherworldly places without leaving the comfort of your living room.
“Laila Sakini is a Melbourne-born DJ and musician. Primarily performing at nightclubs, festivals, galleries and museums, Laila has also been involved in activities that circumvent the usual trajectory of a DJ. She has worked with poets, curated events and runs the Careful podcast series, enlisting established artists to produce original sound-based work with a simple topic or ‘mantra’ in mind. She presents semi-regularly on London's NTS Radio and has been a guest on LYL, Dublab and Red Light Radio, as well as producing mixes for the likes of LNCC, Goodhood and i-D magazine.”