Leila, Courtesy of Choice (XL): Like Weather, Leila Arab's Rephlex-issued debut LP, was a beguiling outsider-art gathering of defiled ambience and refried Motown soul. On follow-up Courtesy of Choice, Leila takes her adept production skills to a new level. She buries pop songs amid noise (desk-tone, amp-buzz, vinyl-crackle), distorts beats, flutters keyboards, layers vocals and keeps an astonishing sense of "space" in the sound. Courtesy of Choice conjuring up distant environs into which the listener must step. Once you're inside, it offers up all kinds of minor epiphanies. — Anthony Carew

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