Le1f properly arrived when his instantly iconic banger “Wut” made a strong case for song of the summer in 2012. In its visual, he alternates from rapping on the lap of an oiled-up hunk wearing a Pikachu mask to dancing in front of a sculpture from the year 3019. If his talent wasn’t so instantly apparent, the world may not have known what to do with him.
But the rapper born Khalif Diouf had been building up the experimental New York club scene where his peers included Mykki Blanco, Arca and, for better or worse, Azealia Banks. Unbeknownst to the world, he had been priming us for what was about to come -- his debut mixtape Dark York.
Fast forward past a Letterman performance with Devonte Hynes and we arrive at 2015’s debut album Riot Boi on XL and Terrible Records. Here Le1f levelled up severely into one of the most transgressive and enrapturing artists of electronic music’s present, produced with fellow innovators like Sophie, Junglepussy and Lunice. The record flits between buoyant joy, lament and unfiltered rage at a pace that dares the listener to blink and miss a single moment.
Skip ahead once more and Le1f’s last release is a six-song EP that draws from trap and bounce music, peeking in on an artist once again on his way to a big reveal. Critical acclaim and broken boundaries are behind him and it’s once again time to wonder what’s next.
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- A Pact Between Strangers A.Y.E. & The Extraordinary Gentlemen Amy Nelson An Ant And An Atom Anchoress Ancient Pig Andy & The Dannys Ansley Simpson anybodys ANZU Apples Aruba Astral Swans
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- Calisthenics Carbolizer Cartel Madras Cass McCombs Cate Le Bon Cedric Noel Chandra Cheap Heat Chron Goblin The Comet Is Coming Corinthian Counterfeit Jeans Crom/Dam CROTCH Crystal Eyes Culled
- Dada Centauri Dark Time Dead Fibres Dead Friends Death Bells Denimachine Diamondtown DJ Dine & Dash DJ Kimleestar DJ Roy LT Dopey's Robe DRI HIEV DTSQ dumb
- Energy Slime Episode EXITS
- The Faps Feed Dogs Fly Pan Am Foldhed Future Womb
- Garbage Dreams The Garrys Ghost Woman Gloin Gone Cosmic Graham Van Pelt Griefwalker GYM Tonic
- Haf n' haf Hairnet Har Mar Superstar HARAHELLS Heavydive Hermitess Holy Drone Travellers HomeSick Hop Along housepanther hundredmillionthousand HYMM
- Ian Blurton's Future Now Ig Bo Lyn Intimacy
- J Blissette And The Pink Bandana Orchestra Jack Harlow Jack Ryan Jae Sterling Japanese Breakfast JayWood Jeans Degrees Jessica Pratt Jiajia Li Jo Passed jock tears Jom Comyn Jonathan Kawchuk JPEGMAFIA Julien Baker Justin Wright
- Kee Avil Kellarissa Kestrels Kid Congo Powers + the Pink Monkey Birds King Ayisoba Kowloon Walled City
- L CON L.A. FOSTER LA Cop Lab Coast LAPS Lashes Le1f Lemongrab Leucrocuta Lex Leosis lié Life In Vacuum Liquor Mountain Little Destroyer Louis Cza The Black Greek God Lubomyr Melnyk Lucid 44 LYRIQUE
- Man or Astro-Man? The Mandates maneater Marlaena Moore Matthew Cardinal Megamall Melted Mirror The Messthetics (feat. members of Fugazi) Michael Christmas milk Mire Mood Change Motherhood Mujahedeen Muqata'a My Nu Leng
- Nailbiter Natural Selection DJs Natural Sympathies Necking NEEDS NETRVNNER Nice Apple No Brainer No Frills NOV3L NOVEMBER numnum
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- Quaker Parents
- R. Flex Raeburn Raf Wilcot Rapsody Rip Room
- Samantha Savage Smith Sawlung Screaming Females Screaming Targets Sections Selci The Sex Geckos Shirley & The Pyramids shitlord fuckerman The Shiverettes The Sick Things Silvering Sinjin Hawke + Zora Jones Live AV Sinzere Sister Ray Sister Suzie Slow Down Molasses Slow Tide Slut Prophet Smokey & the Feeelings Snake River soft cure Speed Strips Squids Squirrel Flower Stef Chura Stripmall Sun Up Sun Down Sunglaciers Symfan Syngja
- Tarot Tasha TBA Territories Thanya Iyer The This Thom & the Tomcats Thomas Thomas TORCHE TORRES Touching God
- Uncanny Valley
- Vailhalen VICTORIES!
- Wangled Teb WASIU What A Time w/ Teddy Celebration & Friends William Basinski Window Lamp Wine Lips Wish Lash The WON'Ts Woodhawk Worriers
- Year of Glad Yep