Julia Kent - new album and video
Published 27 August, 2015 by DM

Julia Kent has announced her new album Asperities with an evocative video for ‘Invitation to the Voyage’. Directed by Carmen Jiménez who Julia worked with on the award winning short film Oasis, it premiered today on Headphone Commute.

As the title suggests, Asperities is a record born of conflict: internal, personal and global. Universal themes. The build of pressure and the threat of violent release. Modern guilt. Modern fears. “I was thinking about the concept of difficulty,” Julia explains, “Whether in life or in nature - of conflict, of being troubled. The idea of friction. In geology, an asperity is some part of a faultline that doesn’t move which can create an earthquake, which is quite an evocative concept.”

Asperities is released October 30th and is available to pre-order from Julia’s Bandcamp (including merch bundles) on CD, digital and limited edition vinyl LP + CD.

‘Invitation to the Voyage’ is available to download immediately if you pre-order the album.

A tribute to Susumu Yokota
Published 23 July, 2015 by DM

As a tribute to Susumu Yokota, a much loved friend and colleague who passed away in March 2015, The Leaf Label and Lo Recordings have joined forces to release My Energy, a 6 track EP featuring selected highlights from Yokota’s varied and much acclaimed back catalogue, most of which were originally released on his own Skintone label. The EP is available now on Bandcamp as a ‘Pay What You Want’ release with all proceeds going to Animal Refuge Kansai. Yokota was a lifelong animal lover, and the charity was chosen at his family’s request.


Susumu Yokota RIP
Published 14 July, 2015 by Tony Morley

Susumu Yokota RIP

We have just received the news that Susumu Yokota has passed away at the cruelly young age of 54 after a long period of illness. We understand that he died in late March, although his family has only just released the news.

We released six of Yokota’s albums over a period of four years (1999-2002), including three that have come to be considered classics of ambient music: Sakura, Grinning Cat and The Boy And The Tree. Those records helped put us on the map, and are still some of the best selling releases in The Leaf Label’s 20 year history. Their word-of-mouth success was made all the more remarkable by the fact that Yokota barely promoted them, visiting Europe to play live just once in the entire period we worked with him. Yokota returned the compliment by releasing a personally selected compilation of Leaf releases on his own Skintone label (Leaf Compilation, 2001). My personal favourite of his albums was the first we released, Image 1983-1998, a collection of delicate, otherworldly archive recordings.

As well as his ambient work, Yokota was respected for his house and techno music, with releases stretching back to 1993.

I only met Yokota three times, twice in the UK and a third time when I visited Japan in 2001. Yokota drove me (sometimes at alarming speed) through the endless sprawl of Tokyo and Yokohama to the tranquil city of Kamakura, where we visited ancient Buddhist and Shinto shrines and an extraordinary vegetarian restaurant (a rarity in Japan) that only served variants of tofu (it tasted immeasurably better than that sounds). Later we visited an onsen (hot spring baths), a real Japanese treat. Though he spoke very little English, he was always a charming and thoughtful companion. A sign on a harbour wall in Japanese and English we saw on the trip inspired the title of a Leaf compilation: "Watch for tsunami when you feel earth quake”, an instruction that would haunt me years later.

Tony Morley
July 14 2015

Leaf At Festivals
Published 13 July, 2015 by BP

Leaf At Festivals

Festival season is upon us and we suggest you make every effort to soundtrack your summer in the best possible way. To aid you in you in your quest, here is a comprehensive list of Leaf artists doing festival things in festival places.

Mon 3 Aug 2015 with Tipping Point, Manchester Jazz Festival, Manchester, UK
Sun 20 Sep 2015 with Tipping Point, Lancaster Jazz Festival, Lancaster, UK

Sat 25 Jul 2015 Cross The Tracks, Edinburgh, UK
Sat 1 Aug 2015 Kendal Calling, Kendal, UK
Sun 30 Aug 2015 Shambala Festival, Northamptonshire, UK

Sat 29 Aug 2015 Les Digitales Festival, Bern, SWITZERLAND
Sun 30 Aug 2015 Les Digitales Festival, Neuchatel, SWITZERLAND

Fri 17 Jul 2015 Latitude Festival, Southwold, UK
Sat 25 Jul 2015 Tramlines Festival, Sheffield, UK
Sat 29 Aug 2015 Aberjazz, Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard, UK
Sat 5 Sep 2015 Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland, NETHERLANDS

Thu 13 Aug 2015 Way Out West, Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Sat 29 Aug 2015 By The Lake Festival, Berlin, GERMANY


Julia Kent: Asperities (BAY 92CD)
Julia Kent
Susumu Yokota: My Energy EP (SY)
Susumu Yokota
My Energy EP
Polar Bear: Same As You (BAY 98CD)
Polar Bear
Same As You

Polar Bear: Polar Bear (BAY 97E)
Polar Bear
Polar Bear

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