In the words of the label, Leyla is a brand new label based in Amsterdam and founded on a love of techno. Leyla is the natural evolution of what Surgeon and Regis achieved with their British Murder Boys project over ten years ago. Leyla is uncompromising but also accessible, light and dark.
In Arabic and Hebrew Leyla means darkness, but it’s also the name of countless princesses. She practiced occult rituals, worshipped the Sun and Saturn and stood for the authenticity of pre-humanist populations. She is the dark ages but she is also enlightenment. The dual roots of the name are represented in the label’s music and in its visual design, which takes its cue from the occult. The desire is to recapture the authentic feeling of techno from a specific era while retaining a modern touch. The old and the new. Now and then.
We all have pivotal moments in our youth that anchor us throughout life. We return to these anchors at various times of need. Music is one of these anchors, the sounds that affected us most deeply in our formative years are the ones we return to time and again.
Leyla was founded by Chafik Chennouf, a man with over ten years experience in the electronic world as a DJ, producer, promoter and label owner. Chennouf first began collecting techno in the late 1990s, focusing on the sounds coming out of Birmingham. A few years later he helped bring some of the scene’s key artists, like Inigo Kennedy, to Holland for the first time, even doing early live broadcasts on local online platforms. Today Chennouf is going back to his roots to focus on the techno he loved and give it a platform to grow.