After being inspired by London’s techno scene upon her arrival from Australia in 1993, Leah Floyeurs started building her record collection and within three years had played gigs across the UK and Europe. But only 2011 did she quit her job (in insurance) so she could hit the decks full time - and we're glad she did! Since then she's hosted a monthly internet show 'Leah with Sound' and began a residency at London's 50arc.
In this exclusive mix she shows R$N why she has quickly developed a reputation for effortlessly blending all sorts across the electronic music spectrum.
Who are you?
I am Leah Floyeurs.
Where are you?
Sitting in a deconsecrated church in North London.
What are you?
Where was the mix recorded?
In my humble abode while a mighty gale blew outside.
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
This is definitely a very early morning refresher.
What should we be wearing?
Our hearts on our sleeves.
What would be your dream setting to record a mix?
I have never thought about that before. Maybe I should tidy my lounge.
Which track in the mix is your current favourite?
'Kiss Me Quick' by JP Buckle.
What’s your favourite recorded mix of all time?
It was a mix by Duckett that has since been removed from SoundCloud. Please put it back up Duckett.
If you could go back to back with any DJ from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Electric Indigo. I heard her play at London club Analogue City in 1994 and she opened her set with one of my favourite tunes of all time - 'Amazon' by UR. At the risk of sounding trite there were hardly any women playing decent techno music in the 90s, so if I could go back in time I would DJ with Electric Indigo and Brenda Russell.
What's the best gig you've ever played?
A gig at London's 50arc is always the best. My first set at Freerotation was the most overwhelming (in a good way!) and the heads at the Slabs of the Tabernacle party in Glasgow were definitely the most mental.
Are DJs still important and could you ever see an algorithm programming music for a dancefloor?
I could write a book on this. Would you want to be in a club dancing and connecting with people surrendering to the robotic commands of an all-go-rhythm?
What’s more important, the track you start on or the track you end on?
Neither. They are all important.
What were the first and last records you bought?
The first record I ever bought was the album Internal Empire by Robert Hood and the last was Flyin’ Lo-Fi by JP Buckle which I found two weeks ago after a 3 year search. Hurrah.
If this mix was an edible thing, what would it taste like?
Marmite, like my other mixes.
Tell us one record in your collection that is impossible to mix into anything…
'Wallet' by Plaid.