After the stunning debut Like weather released by Rephlex Leila comes back with another great album and even if she moved to xl recordings (the home,to be clear, of the prodigy or basement jaxx) she didn't deny her own style: a perfect mix of hip hop (something Timbaland& Missy would be proud of), trip hop-toch songs with vocalists (Roya,Luca) and a rare knowledge of the idm scene (think of plaid who contribute on "different time"). So the courtesy of choice is another unmatched melting pot of genres where everyone from Tricky ("brave","work") to Plaid ("from before...what?","young ones") via Aaliah gets here a mention. Definetly a must
Don't think even for a moment that Leila changed in the last two years. This girl still has a nice life and music that goes with it. And it sounds great. Excellent, in fact, but I am trying to question my own feelings and impressions, because on 'Courtesy Of Choice' there is still no such thing as regular songs. I mean, it is definitely more a regular album compared to her debut 'Like Weather', and, for example, 'To Tell A Lie' is nothing less than brilliant, although it is much less a "song", and much more a "composition". In this view, the single 'Sodastream' is one of her most accomplished songs to date, including the singing. Not Leila's own, of course. She still has Luca, Donna and Roya for this purpose, so she could passionately and completely do what she always did best. Those strange, torn, evasive rhythms. And sounds - crazy, gentle and cruel. All at the same time, but somehow strangely harmonious. Nice. Not exactly pop, not electronica, but a little for everybody, a little from everybody. And then some more and, surprise!, it's functioning quite well.