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Love Cells EP

Belts and Whistles proudly presents the release of Love Cells, Leila Adu’s partner EP to her recent release Scary Love Monster. Together the pair is collectively known as The LOVE EPs. Scary Love Monster is an EP of global urban and suburban romantic ensnarement, impressionist avant-tronica written and recorded in Rome out of a suitcase and houses in Rome, London, Wellington and New York. With sound worlds of Grimm’s fairytales and Toni Morrison, these dark tales hint at moments of light and love.

Where Scary Love Monster warns of the perils of love in Grimm’s fashion, Love Cells speaks from the mundane 9-5 romantic love to the most abstract forms of love. The title track Love Cells signifies that we are all created out of vibration, light and love: “love yourself, each sacred atom of the world is connected to you.” From the intimate laptop recording moments of a cappella Je T’aime… to afrofuturist The City and the Voodoo Lady, a tribute to the city of New York and Mingus’ The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady… to the perverse post-colonial love of Horror in Black and White: “Did I bomb your village? Could I set you free?”

Scary Love Monster EP

Belts and Whistles proudly presents the release of Scary Love Monster, the brand new EP from Leila Adu. Scary Love Monster is an EP of global urban and suburban romantic ensnarement, impressionist avant- tronica written and recorded in Rome out of a suitcase and houses in Rome, London, Wellington and New York. With sound worlds of Grimm’s fairytales and Toni Morrison, these dark tales hint at moments of light and love.

After four studio releases, this EP is intimate, mostly self-produced, with the help of gear from friends and extra production from London dance producer Alex Morris in London and New Zealand drummer/producer, Riki Gooch and final-mixing in New Zealand. The first video from the EP is Bluebeards and Monsters.

“Between pop, weird jazz, dark lyrics and brainy experimentation at times reminiscent of Brian Eno’s early records…” — NYC Deli

The Scary Love Monster EP is out now on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp

Dark Joan

‘Dark Joan’, Leila’s third album as a solo artist, was recorded in Chicago with the legendary Steve Albini (PJ Harvey, Joanna Newsome, Nirvana, Pixies)

“Within seven tracks, Leila Adu takes you on an aural journey that most progressive rock albums could only attempt to do. I see this album as a future classic” — Review by John M. Ellison IV

“Her resplendent soprano delivery of the line “A love that never dies” during this passage of “Wolfmen” ties her to the wonderful vocal legacies of Josephine Baker, Arooh Lemeen, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald and Roy Orbison.” — URB ALT Online

Cherry Pie

Crossing the spectrum from sparsely haunting to loud and raunchy, Leila accompanies herself on piano and vintage organ with some of New Zealand’s top musicians. This second album was produced by David Long (producer of the year 2001 sound designer for the Lord of the Rings) and has received high acclaim, which only substantiates the awesome talent that is Leila Adu.
Adu’s voice combines the ferocity of PJ Harvey and Patti Smith with the raw emotion of Fiona Apple and the unnerving drone of Nico.’ Salient Magazine ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Dig A Hole

Leila’s debut album received blazing reviews in New Zealand and Australia. Following live recordings from Wellington’s International Jazz Festival Performance, her music was broadcast nationally on television and radio.
‘A unique mixture of jazz, pop, gamelan and bossa, full of striking imagery and delightful dissonant, droning harmonies,’ Sunday Star Times ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Follow these links to buy the albums on CD:

Dark Joan Cherry Pie Cover

In New York, Leila currently performs in piano and synth duo with drummer, Federico Ughi.

LEILA ADU & THE DON’TS, London

John Edwards (bass) — Steve Noble (drums) — Leila Adu (vocals/piano)

LEILA ADU & THE DON'TS, The Scaledown @ The King & Queen, London, 2007

LEILA ADU & THE DON'TS, The Scaledown @ The King & Queen, London, 2007

LEILA ADU with Daniele di Santis, Rome

Daniele di Santis (drums/percussion/electronics) — Leila Adu (vocals/organ