The idea that it's Barrott has now been disproved, if you believe that Len Leise's Facebook page is genuine. Leise also demonstrated he can do more than soft-focus Balearica with the two 20-minute electronica tracks on his M Of M tape. But Lingua Franca—the first in a series of "mini-albums" on International Feel—finds him following in Barrott's footsteps again. Its seven tracks are styled as a globetrotting journey, soaking up influences from Russia, India and Morocco, among other countries.
It all unfolds pleasantly enough. The bassline of "Forlorn Fields" creeps behind a curtain of vaguely Eastern chimes, "Leaving Llucmajor"'s panning effects feel like a breeze sent through a sweltering beach hut, and "Route To Reutov" has the sort of glossy sax solo best enjoyed with overpriced cocktails and the Manhattan skyline. A couple tracks, however, find Leise somewhere he's rarely been before: the dancefloor. His recent Edits 001 12-inch dipped its toes into jazzy deep house, but "O Caminho" dives into the kind of dub disco you could imagine the Idjut Boys dropping. "Tria Bells" has a bassline perkier than a double espresso. Your heart doesn't stay racing for long, though, as Leise lulls you back with closer "El Modelo."