Released 7th October 2013
Her collaboration with Jack, and writing partner Kim Garrett, kick started the album that you are listening to today.
Lea and Kim travelled the USA and Mexico, and used the time to write songs, drink tequila, and immerse themselves in new discoveries and experiences, exemplified by the lead track “Wonderer”, although these were not always entirely uplifting.
Their experiences of the Mexican drug war, and of the gruesome conditions many of the population are enduring, inspired the track “AK47” and also the dark, brooding feel of the album as a whole. Lea Lea and Kim’s catchy song-writing skills, combined with Jack’s heavy, bass worrying beats, have created something quite unique.
The album is full of cuts that encourage dialogue and challenge female stereotypes; it thrives on the darker side of music yet delivers with an infectious warmth, encompassing everything Lea Lea loves about music from 80s soul and rock, to today’s cutting edge electronic artists.
Oh, and with a certain sense of style too – Lea Lea’s fashion sense is unique to say the least, sitting as it does (in her own words) as “somewhere between the Bride of Frankenstein and Star Trek Vulcan T’Pol” – and not only that, both her and Kim are currently working on their own fashion line as we speak!
Modern in style, dramatic in production – Lea Lea is our new queen of dark electronic soul. Make sure you give her your full attention.
Reactions: “Bold musicianship, thoughtful lyricism, cool vocal skill and an emphasis on hooks…There’s an empty space in female-fronted electronica right now and Lea Lea deserves to occupy it.” Trap Magazine Page 73: http://issuu.com/trapmagazine/docs/trap_16_web
“Its unique, full of beats, heavy bass and deep Soul from the beginning right through until the end. It takes you on a hypnotic, infectious journey to the beyond.” Phoenixmusiconline.org http://phoenixmusiconline.org/reviews/lea-lea/
“Channeling the warped, multi-cultural pop of M.I.A. and the darkly dancehall vocal inflections ofWarrior Queen, Hackney-born Lea Lea is looking set to be one of 2013′s great musical surprises. Her forthcoming debut album Lea Lea – released Oct 7 on Wah Wah 45s – is an overwhelming sensory trip, replete with booty-rattling beats, slithering synths and, above all else, Lea’s authoritative vocals; trust us when we say that this girl knows how to command a room.” Planetnotion.com http://www.planetnotion.com/2013/09/04/introducing-lea-lea/
“Londoner Lea Lea (pronounced Lee Lee) has a great soul voice which could earn her radio play and chart success. But she’s also got a conscience, a desire to speak out politically, and a love of dark beats, which is why AK47 will not be on daytime radio. A song about drug wars and damaged lives in Mexico, AK47, with a video featuring flash shots of corpses, is a perfect way into a woman who should be a rival to MIA for great music with a message. A debut album is coming, but the single is out now.” Supajam.com (UK) http://www.supajam.com/news/story/New-Music-Lea-Lea
“Thriving on the darker side of music with an intoxicating charm” Fame Magazine (UK) http://www.famemagazine.co.uk/2013/08/06/lea-lea-thriving-on-the-darker-side-of-music-with-intoxicating-charm/
“delivers an infectious warmth” Glasswerk Magazine (UK) http://glasswerk.co.uk/magazine/article/18926/Introducing+Lea+Lea/
“Expect Lea Lea’s name to catch some momentum in the coming months” Earmilk.com (UK) http://www.earmilk.com/2013/08/22/lea-lea-the-road-dj-vadim-remix-premiere/
“With the already highly impressive track “Apartheid” out, Lea Lea now drops a well shot video for the single. The clip depicts many crucial and important symbols such as diamonds with blood dripping from Lea Lea’s hands as she crushes them. In 2013 we finally have an artist willing to use her voice to speak on critical social topics. We love this girl!” Colorising.com http://colorising.com/?p=16363
“Lea Lea’s self-titled debut album packs a punch. A female vocalist with strong attitude and clear sentiments, which she expresses both articulately and artistically.” The 405 http://thefourohfive.com/review/article/lea-lea-lea-lea
“A kind of modern soul. So amazing! The outstanding tracks are: Dry, Black or White, One in Three and Silence.” Cesare Cera (Irma / Black Mighty Wax, Italy)
“WOW! a very rare 5/5 – Faultless – This is the music you wished was on the radio!” Pimpernel Jones (Herma Puma, First Word, UK)
“An interesting, deep and diverse debut from Lea Lea. The tracks “Silence” and “The Road” are my chosen favourite tracks and will be featuring on my radio show.” Steve Johns (Solar Radio, UK)
“Top work guys! Pleased to see this coming out – some standout tracks on here. Wonderer is probably my favourite.” DJ Gilla (First Word, UK)
“What a fantastic record! Absolutely love the beats and it’s got loads of character.” DJ Duck (Big Chill Bar, UK)
“Great voice, unique songwriter with Apartheid (of course) and The Road the immediate stand outs.” Johnny Cush (Shoreditch Radio, UK)
“Once again, a big “thank you!” for the latest promo-link! The album debut from LEA LEA is great! Sweet and dark sound, all tunes are massive productions. – full support!” Sven Thomschke / ‘Dr.Best’ www.radio-z.net (Germany)
“Proper release … me like !!! 8/10.” Markus Milz (Further In Fusion, Germany)
Radio support from Paul Lester (Amazing Radio), Mistajam (BBC 1Xtra), Beats (Amazing Radio) , http://www.mixcloud.com/dadysay/, Jason Pulaski (KUCI 88.9FM, USA)
The Road feat. Horace Andy and Serocee (DJ Vadim Remix) Free Download
Released 23rd August 2013
Originally released on First Word records and a highlight from the forthcoming album on Wah Wah 45s. The legendary DJ Vadim remixed this amazing dub track featuring the one and only Horace Andy. Vadim also brought Serocee into the mix, making this, for us, an essential Carnival give away. Grab your copy now “name-your-price”/Free.
Released: 29th July 2013
Featuring incredible mixes from Skinshape, Noisses, Is Tropical and Funk Butcher.
Black Or White
Released: 25th March 2013
The massive debut single for Wah Wah 45s mixes brass, bass and beats for devastating dark soul music. Join the mailing list for early previews…
The Road feat. Horace Andy
Released: 27th June 2012
Lea Lea’s first single, originally released through First Word records not only features an incredible guest appearance from Horace Andy but the explosive sound of AK-47. An incredible, unrelenting piece of heavy, dark soul music that was accompanied by an infamous and brutal video (watch it here).