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?"
released May 20, 2016
Leila Adu: Music, Words, Production
Mike Gibson: Final Mixing, Mastering
Riki Gooch: Drums, Drum Production, Co-production Tracks 3, 5, 6