17. Leila
Blood, Looms and Blooms

Leila is perhaps best known - if known at all - for appearing in Bjork’s backing band on her recent tour (she also supplied the support, but was usually booed and generally ignored). Blood, Looms and Blooms is her third album and continues the trend for mixing the minimal (‘Lush Dolphins’) with the aggressive (‘Mollie’, ‘Mettle’). Elsewhere, ‘Time To Blow’ and ‘Little Acorns’ are Leila at her most accessible (with help from Terry Hall on the former) and the Martina Topley-Bird assisted ‘Deflect’ is oddly uplifting and naggingly infectious (“I’ll understand you like a baby”).

Key track: 'Time To Blow'