The Leaf Label - C/D, S/D

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After reading the article on this label in CTCL I went out and bought Susumi Yukota's full length (the name esapes me right now) which I was enamoured of. What's the rest of the roster like? C/D, S/D an' all that.

powertonevolume, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Search Boymerang 12"s and Eardrum. I was actually a little disappointed with Yukota's record, but I should pbly give it another shot. Haven't heard anything else.

Andy K, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I like Yokotoa's Sakura and Grinning Cat very much. Very pretty, contemplative electronic music. Only other thing I've heard on the label is 310, which I thought was terrible.

Mark, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

destroy 310 and eardrum. now.

toby, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Manitoba is another artist on Leaf. He's pritty good.

dyson, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Oh yeah, that Manioba record is good. I have a CD-R so I forgot the label.

Mark, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I picked up a used EP by Twisted Science that sounds, if memory serves, pretty interesting, although it didn't make much of an initial impression on me. I'll pull it back out and report!

Clarke B., Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Leaf= really bland. Sort of stuff that gives electronic music a really bad name.

Julio Desouza, Friday, 1 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

What should I be looking for in the 'electronic music' world, then?

powertonevolume, Saturday, 2 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

fuck a leaf. pearl jam rox.

juan benuto, Saturday, 2 March 2002 01:00 (eighteen years ago) link

three years pass...
boring and banal.

par, Monday, 31 October 2005 14:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Leaf= really bland. Sort of stuff that gives electronic music a really bad name.

-- Julio Desouza

If we're talking Coleen, or Manitoba then I pretty much concur.

But SUPER-SEARCH: Asa Chang & Junray - Jun Ray Song Chang

The very antidote to that ailment.

login name (fandango), Monday, 31 October 2005 14:39 (fourteen years ago) link

If we're talking Coleen, or Manitoba then I pretty much concur.

the first colleen record is GORGEOUS (the second one is just pretty).

kyle (akmonday), Monday, 31 October 2005 14:54 (fourteen years ago) link

Murcof, bitches!

jed_ (jed), Monday, 31 October 2005 14:59 (fourteen years ago) link

yeah, Murcof, like, abs-electro-lutely, dudes!

& Asa Chung's great, too.

t\'\'t (t\'\'t), Monday, 31 October 2005 15:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Right, so electronic music's bad name is to be blamed on COLEEN? Not, you know, the Crystal Method, or the last Prodigy album, or the endless stream of shit techno. But COLEEN?

everything, Monday, 31 October 2005 16:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Are Psapp on Leaf? They're grrrrrrrrrrrreat!

Doozer, Monday, 31 October 2005 16:43 (fourteen years ago) link

manitoba/caribou are dull but coleen, a hawk and a hacksaw, efterlang and hanne hukkelberg all good to varying degrees.

cw (cww), Monday, 31 October 2005 17:10 (fourteen years ago) link

I got the new 10th anniversary comp last week and the Classic Plant 2LP comp a few weeks ago, and both had a pretty decent amount of stuff that holds up. A Hawk..., Boymerang, A Small Good Thing, Beige and Rob Ellis have put out great stuff on the label

DJ Mencap (DJ Mencap), Monday, 31 October 2005 17:17 (fourteen years ago) link

the zurich track on the first 'invisible soundtracks' was always a favourite - neil from slowdive. the boymerang singles too.

koogs (koogs), Monday, 31 October 2005 18:11 (fourteen years ago) link

I'd like to retract the Coleen slighting. I'm just very, very burned out on twinkly, pretty, low-key glitchy ambience in electronica lately. My problem. Manitoba is still dullsville though.

login name (fandango), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 06:13 (fourteen years ago) link

Grinning Cat could probably be recommended to BOC fans... only heard it once, on cassette, whilst falling asleep late night at a kitchen table.

It sounded completely monged-out, but awesomely so. Similarly nearly-not-quite hiphopish beats too.

login name (fandango), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 07:25 (fourteen years ago) link

I really like the Caribou album - it's one of my favourite albums this year. I love the first Coleen album, second one not so sure but it's got a unicorn on the cover so that's a plus. Nearly all the Sususmu Yokota stuff is excellent, I like his house stuff as well (one album like that on leaf called Will). The Asa-Chung and Junray track Hana I put on every CD I made for anyone for about a year and no-one liked it except me! I like the Gorodisch album from a few years ago too.

Ned T.Rifle, Tuesday, 1 November 2005 11:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Can't remember all the tracks I have on comps from them but I wouldn't say Caribou was dull. I am an unashamed fan of his stuff, I'd put him above most other electronica artists that get mentioned on ILM a lot (Four Tet, Boards of Canada). Also his tour EP is fantastic and well worth the search so:

Start Breaking my Heart: C/S
Up in Flames: not 100% C but still great to have while drinking in the sun
Tour EP: Total C
Milk of Human Kindness: C/S

Leaf when I've dealt with them buying stuff have been nothing short of great. Good website for spontaneous buys as well which is a little Dud, I'm broke enough!

Kv_nol (Kv_nol), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 12:02 (fourteen years ago) link

Sorry to flame :( I'm not a big Four Tet fan either, so probably it's just not to my taste.

The webshop is yes? and it is indeed great. A model example of, in fact. Very reasonably priced, expansive (I think Leaf set it up, but carry a load of other labels too now), quick delivery & throw in nice freebies (stickers & other gubbins) too.

login name (fandango), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 12:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Tony Morley is a stand up feller.

mzui (mzui), Tuesday, 1 November 2005 12:50 (fourteen years ago) link

I had no idea this was coming out but maybe start here for S/D investigations?

VARIOUS / LEAF - Check The Water
2CD // £ 5.99

Cheap as chips massive 2CD Leaf retrospective featuring tracks from Caribou, Sutekh, Hanne Hukkelberg, Barbara Morgenstern, Boom Bip, Murcof, Four Tet, Psapp, Susumu Yokota and a happy-slappy cast of thousands (well 34 at least...). Having been in the fray for a full decade now, Leaf have sometimes been accused of essentially peddling a form of electronic porridge; comforting certainly, but somewhat lacking in innovation or bite. What a load of bollocks. Starting out with pathos drenched electronica from Boymerang on 'The Don' and finishing over two hours later with the herky-jerky rock splutter of Volcano!, Leaf more than prove their credentials. Far more generous than something this cheap should ever be, other highlights include the infuriatingly catchy 'A Grain of Sand' from The Sons of Silence, the classic thrum of Murcof's 'MIR' and the brooding jazz crackle of Triosk. How could you refuse?

login name (fandango), Thursday, 3 November 2005 21:57 (fourteen years ago) link

fourteen years pass...

Weird. Surprised I haven't contributed to this thread already.

Weirder. I've ended up playing two "new" (to me) artists on Youtube this year and both have been on the Leaf label.

I haven't even thought about Leaf for half a decade.

djh, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:20 (eight months ago) link

Yeah, I kinda lost them as well. But Leaf is releasing Keeley Forsyth's Debris this week, which I'm really looking forward to hearing. Very high praise recently from the Guardian.

doug watson, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:24 (eight months ago) link

Yeah, she was one of them:

djh, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:32 (eight months ago) link

Craven Faults being the other?

doug watson, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 02:20 (eight months ago) link


djh, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 06:56 (eight months ago) link

Both seem really good - are they being discussed on other threads?

djh, Monday, 27 January 2020 22:51 (eight months ago) link

Nope, haven't come across any discussion of either album elsewhere on this board. The Keeley Forsyth record is terrific and holds up against the almost overpoweringly strong critical response. I swear the Scott Walker comparisons are coming from those who didn't listen beyond the first couple of tracks. Anyway, she's opening for Ben Watt on his upcoming tour, which surprised me at first but made more sense with further listens.

I haven't spent the same amount of time with the Craven Faults album. It worked well enough for home listening but was maybe a bit too mesmerizing for driving.

doug watson, Friday, 31 January 2020 16:04 (seven months ago) link

Started listening to that Keeley Forsyth record this morning - sounded fantastic and I'm looking forward to spending more time with it. Was hearing a bit of Josephine Foster in there and amybe Kath Bloom too?

ymo sumac (NickB), Friday, 31 January 2020 16:11 (seven months ago) link

She was really great at the Union Chapel before Xmas (with Matthew Bourne). Here's a pic.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 1 February 2020 00:22 (seven months ago) link

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