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Lea Lea - AK-47

Lea Lea


Wah Wah 45s

Released: 9th June 2014 | 4 track downtempo single

Wah Wah 45s are proud to present the third single from a lady who's been causing quite a stir of late, the powerhouse vocalist and lyricist Lea Lea. AK-47 is typically challenging in its subject matter, tackling as it does the Mexican drug wars and their effects, something Lea Lea had a little experience of whilst travelling and writing her eponymous debut album, released on Wah Wah 45s last autumn.

Having wowed audiences all over with uncompromising live show, and recently worked with Hospital Records artist Other Echoes on his forthcoming LP, this young lady has had a very busy 18 months or so, and 2014 sees the collaborations continuing, with North London duo Man Like Me contributing a stunning Sour House remix (a style devised by their label boss, Mike Skinner, AKA The Streets) and scorching hot U.S. producer Paul Basic giving AK-47 some proper Dub Step treatment. Oh and don't overlook Lea Lea's canny cover of the Talking Heads creepy classic Psycho Killer too for a very modern and alternative take on Byrne and co's sinister single from 1977.

Lea Lea's sassy style has drawn comparisons to Missy Elliot, MIA, Kelis and Grace Jones, but she's really a one-off - at once alluring, charming and commanding. Writing songs that encourage dialogue and challenge female stereotypes, whilst being thoroughly entertaining, Lea Lea thrives on the darker side of music yet delivers her songs with an infectious warmth.

Modern in style, dramatic in production - Lea Lea is the new queen of dark electronic soul. Look out for her at both the Dimensions Festival, Croatia and Southern Soul Festival, Montenegro this summer!

"“UK singer/rapper Lea Lea resists the notion that systematic racism is a thing of the past and addresses that fact in “Apartheid.” A heavy hip-hop beat backs her on the track, but in the video, she has a punk rock look and a live bass player and drummer help her lay down her message.”"
MTV Twiggy
"“One of the most enticing new records we’ve heard this year. Equal parts soul-infused vocals, hefty wobbling bass and dramatic monochrome stylishness, it’s hard not to be intrigued by the record.”"
"“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 Mag