LEGHAND is the working artistic partnership between Yves Verela of the electro Ill-hop project KRONOS9and Dennis Fuller of the rock ensemble Donzii. Tracking in KRONOS9’s private recording studio deep in the heart of Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood, Verela and Fuller produced their debut record, the important and substantial Just Blutto. The sessions yielded nine tracks that define LEGHAND’s schizophrenic vibe that twists American electro, European arena synth, and a post-TR808 breaks aesthetic into a sound perfect for quirky trendsetters and the hipsters they influence.
It’s the commonality between Verela, an autodidact electronic musician and Fuller, a music educator and graduate of Berkeley College Of Musicthat has yielded catchy, danceable tracks unabashedly showing their smartly crafted synth-pop roots. Expect glitchy grooves teetering on chaos and vocoder-processed humans performing with pop song urgency. Just Blutto will see daylight later in 2018, as will LEGHAND’s Super Laser Night Vision EP. The “Super Laser Night Vision” single is already available for download and streaming and acts as an excellent introduction to the LEGHAND universe.
When asked about influences, Verela said “I think anything I heard growing up as a kid that had an unusual soundtrack got stored in the back of my memory and that’s part of the well that I draw from. DJ Krush, Depeche Mode, Tomita, RZA, Dan the Automator, Autechre, Milles Plateaux, Phoenicia, the classical music my parents played on the weekends when I was a kid, El-P(everything from Def Jux through Run The Jewels) and cartoons like Dragon Balls Z, Akira,andHe-Man.” Asked the same question, Fuller responded “As a kid I was always taken to see symphonic bands and live music, so I guess my first layer of influences lies somewhere in classical western music. As I grew up I found myself leaning more towards punk and rock styles, but never diving too hard in one genre. Some musicians that influence my recent work are Lizzy Mercier, Level 42, Peter Murphy, and Madonna, like late 80s 90s, when Madonnagot more freaky.”
The end result of all this is razor-edged re-wave electro with a stylish creative sensibility. LEGHAND cuts through the mire of modern music and its lack of artfulness with deeply original sounds that challenge that mire’s primacy. It’s the polar opposite of the mind-numbing media drone. Those seeking wallpaper had best look elsewhere.