Since their formation in 2013, the London-based duo of Leftwing & Kody have evolved into a fast-rising force that’s seen them implement the type of quality and work rate that, in turn, has elevated them to the forefront of the electronic music scene in that time.
With a musical output that’s as exciting as it is ambitious, L&K initially emerged with a playful soundscape that blended House with Garage that instantly had dancefloors grooving up and down the country. Yet in what is a heavily growing and competitive market where many would elect to focus on their own artistic vision, the duo put plans in motion on launching their own label that would champion emerging talent striving for the type of breakthrough the Londoners themselves had recently received.
The imprint became known as Lost Records and the rest, as they say is history, with the likes of Darius Syrossian, Hector Couto, Copy Paste Soul and Josh Butler working within the labels desired framework and in turn giving it the respect and authenticity it now harbors. The labels identity and rise is in turn comparable to its owners, creating a rich brand of hard-hitting and groovy tech-house so hypnotic and dancefloor-ready it’s seen them rewarded with residencies on Rinse FM and Ibiza’s ever-popular Sankeys for it’s staple night Magna Carta.
Having carefully cemented themselves as one of the leaders of the new school with releases on Suara, Madtech, Off Recordings as well as ‘I Got One Way’ forthcoming with Cera Alba on Hot Creations, the duo’s work rate is falling into the incomparable with a comprehensive and downright weighty Lost Records VA having dropped at the height of the summer.
Having followed and supported the L&K since the beginning, it gave us great pleasure to catch up with the guys ahead of shows back on home soil at The Garden Party, Fabric and Mint Festival (preview here) to find out about their biggest influences, balancing work and play, developing their sound and of course their debut residency on the Balearic isle.
Hi L&K, cheers for taking the time out what’s undoubtedly been a hectic schedule to talk to us. How’s this summer compared against others for you guys? It’s fair to say you’ve been kept busy with some high-profile shows.
This summer has been the best yet and that’s mainly because it’s the first year we have had a residency in Ibiza!
Whilst on the topic let’s talk about your Magna Carta residency at Sankeys, what’s it been like holding down a residency at one of Ibiza’s finest clubs, for one of the island’s best nights?
It has been amazing to be a part of a great promotion over here Joe from Magna Carta has been so good to us and all the staff at Sankeys have really looked after us Vasco and Roger from Sankeys really are top guys and have made sure we are all ok. The whole thing has a real family vibe to it which makes it even more special and to play alongside some of our DJ friends has been the cherry on the cake
Your sound is one that’s definitely perfected for the club but how would you say it’s developed since emerging on the scene with the ‘Get Down’ EP back in 2013?
We have made a conscious change in sound over the last year for sure. We broke through on the garage skippy beat vibe but it got to the point where you can only do so much with a particular sound and as creative people we wanted to experiment and make some more heads down music. It has been a difficult transition because obviously we were worried about how that change would be accepted by fans who were into our original sound but it seems to have worked and we are starting to see the pay off now
What’s been the biggest influence on your sound over the past few years and how do you go about splitting up the production duties?
Labels like Hot Creations, Viva, Moon Harbour, Suara, Knee Deep In Sound and all the producers on those labels have massively influenced over the last few years. We are always in the studio together when making the tracks which is normally 10-6 5 days a week but as there is only one mouse Jon normally drives. There are occasions though when one of us can’t make it to the studio and the other will finish off the track.
You’ve had the luxury of releasing across a plethora of amazing labels over the past few years, in terms of an overall package is there one that stands out above the rest?
Wow that’s like asking who you’re favourite kid is! I think this year the standout one for us was the One Nation EP that we released on Lost records. It was really well received and with it coming out on our own label it made it even more special.
Looking at your label ‘Lost Records’ was it always your intention to curate your own imprint? Did you ever anticipate garnering so much success in such a short space of time?
We had always talked about having our own label for years and as soon as the opportunity came and we had saved enough money to get it off the ground we went for it. No way did we expect to have the success that it has and we don’t really like to blow our own trumpet but we are really proud of how quickly we have managed to get the label going.
With the increasing success of the label is your time increasingly consumed with it’s day to day running, or have you found a harmonious/suitable balance between production and management?
We have managed to find a balance now and because neither of us had any experience running a label before we were learning on the job. It took a while to get there but we are now on top of things and really organised we have spreadsheets and everything
Your latest ‘Lost Summer Selection’ VA has received tremendous acclaim and went in at number 1 on the Beatport Tech House chart, how long did it take to curate and how much involvement did you have in it’s production?
We came up with the idea at the beginning of the year and it took us until about 4 weeks before the release date to finally wrap the last tracks up. That was our first comp and again was another learning curve for us as we hadn’t done it before and that was probably the reason why the last tracks were only finalised before release! But we are working on another one already.
It was great to see one of our residents Latmun feature on the compilation, how important is it do you think to continue supporting up and coming talent?
This is something that we always look to do. We were up and coming at one point and a label took a chance on us so we want to be able to pass that on
We’ve been dedicated listeners to your Rinse FM residency over the past year, how have you found it thus far?
It’s been a great opportunity for us. With a radio show it allows us to play music that we really like but that you wouldn’t necessarily hear us playing in a club so people get to see another side of or musical taste
Looking to the future what can we expect from L&K? Is there an overall goal your striving towards?
We just want to continue making music that makes people happy and Dj in clubs its always been our dream to do that so we hope it continues!
The Lost Records ‘Lost Summer Selection’ VA is available for purchase on Beatport HERE.
Remaining tickets & more info about their set at Mint Festival click HERE.
Look out for Leftwing & Kody’s excellent ‘Carnival’ EP, forthcoming on Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound imprint on September 25th.