Dominique Leone

One way to get your head around the multitude of ideas swirling throughout Dominique Leone's oddball pop songs is to scan the track lists of the mixes he uploaded on his website (that is, if you cannot listen to those mixes). They skip across '70s singer/songwriters, Krautrock, minimal techno, disco, and avant-garde -- Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman, Michael Rother and Suicide, Anders Ilar and Giorgio Moroder, Morton Feldman and Richard Strauss -- and that only scratches the surface of his inspirations. He found an early admirer of his own material in Norwegian DJ/producer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm, who released his debut (a self-titled EP, initially MP3-only) in late 2007, yet not before including one of its tracks ("Conversational") on a contribution to the LateNightTales mix series. An album, also self-titled, was issued in 2008, the first release on Lindstrøm's Strømland. 2009's Abstract Expression was released on Important. Also a music critic, Leone has contributed to All Music Guide andPitchfork. ~ Andy Kellman

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