Jonny L

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Jonny L, real name John Lisners,[1] is a British drum and bass producer. He has also released music under the alias of Mr. L and was one half of the UK garage duo Truesteppers.


Early Career (1992-1995)[edit]

He first came to prominence with the rave single "Hurt You So" in 1992 (That single would later be sampled and looped in the 1998 track "Oh Boy" by The Fabulous Baker Boys[2]). He signed to XL Recordings, the same label as The Prodigy and SL2. He produced more rave singles such as "Ooh I Like It" and "Make Me Work."

Early Drum & Bass Work (1995-1998)[edit]

In 1995, he changed direction making drum and bass records, beginning with "I'm Leavin'". With that he produced two other EPs before his first album Sawtooth in 1997. From this album, the hit single, "Piper" proved to be a success even though it was extreme in its sound, although on the album there were other electro-influenced tracks. By 1998 the next album, Magnetic, carried on in a similar vein.

Piranha Records and mainstream success (1999-2003)[edit]

He left XL to form his own record label, Piranha Records in 1999. He continued to produce singles, but these had a darker sound to them. He Released a single on the record label Metalheadz in 2002 titled "Synkronize" / "Phreak". "Synkronize" featured vocal smapling speculated to be from Brian Harvey of East 17. Another album, 27 Hours A Day followed with the George W. Bush-sampling single "Let's Roll" in 2003.

Jonny also produced True Steppers' "Out of Your Mind", the hit single featuring Dane Bowers and Victoria Beckham, and also produced "Who Do You Think You Are" and "Do It Till We Drop" for S Club's 2002 album, Seeing Double.

Mr L and Lo-Rider (2005-2008)[edit]

Jonny set up Mr L Records in 2005, paving a more experimental sound for his Mr L alias. More recently, in 2007, he started a project with vocalist Paul Cumberbatch (aka Paul Vibe, who had appeared on some of his earlier singles) called Lo-Rider. They released two singles, the first, "Skinny" was released in 2007, with "Watch Me" being released in 2008.

Present Work (2009-ongoing)[edit]

After a brief stint on another label, Munk Recordings, he produced a track called "1 N 2" on Hospital Records, for the compilation album Sick Music 2, released on 26 April 2010. The following year he signed to Spearhead Records. On 26 November 2012, Sick Music 3 was released by Hospital Records, which contained his track "Moon." In November 2013, his 4th album "In A Jungle" is due to be released on Spearhead Records. Much of the album, as the title suggests, is a throw-back to the Jungle music movement in the mid-90's.


Albums and EPs[edit]

  • 1996 "Jonny L (This Time)" - EP (XL Recordings)
  • 1996 "2 of Us" - EP (XL Recordings)
  • 1997 Sawtooth - Album (XL Recordings)
  • 1998 Magnetic - Album (XL Recordings)
  • 2000 True Stepping - Album (Nu Life Recordings, In the group True Steppers)
  • 2003 27 Hours a Day - Album (Piranha Records)
  • 2013 In A Jungle - Album (Spearhead Records)


As Jonny L, on XL Recordings:

  • 1993 "Ooh I Like It" UK #73[1]
  • 1994 "Make Me Work"
  • 1995 "I'm Leaving"
  • 1997 "Piper"
  • 1998 "Moving thru Air"
  • 1998 "20 Degrees" (with Silvah Bullet) UK #66[1]

As Jonny L, on Piranha Records

  • 1999 "The Bells" / "Raise"
  • 1999 "Running" / "Spike"
  • 1999 "Selecta" / "Change"
  • 2000 "Cut Off" / "Move Upon"
  • 2002 "Dirt" / "Trouble"
  • 2002 "Synkronize" / "Phreak"
  • 2003 "Let's Roll"
  • 2003 "Airwaves"
  • 2003 "27 Hours a Day" (Parts 1, 2 and 3 all released before the album)

As Jonny L, Recent Singles

  • 2005 "Back to Your Roots" (ft. Bradley Mcintosh - S Club 7)
  • 2009 "Evah" / "Microdaze"
  • 2010 "1 N 2" (for Sick Music 2 on Hospital Records)
  • 2010 "Dreaming"
  • 2011 "The Rave" / "Boy"
  • 2012 "Moon" (for Sick Music 3 on Hosptial Records)

As Mr. L:

  • 2005 "Back to Your Roots" / "Your Son Needs You"
  • 2005 "Moon Walking" / "Turn Up the Bass"
  • 2005 "Hey" / "Joe"
  • 2006 "This is Hardcore" / "Vocies In My Dreams"
  • 2006 "Piper 3" / "Do U"
  • 2007 "Enter Night" / "Basics"
  • 2008 "Harry" / "Cumberbatch & Wires"
  • 2008 "Oh Yeah" / "Come Here"

In Lo-Rider

  • 2007 "Skinny"
  • 2008 "Watch Me"

Appears On:


  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 309. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Oh Boy" Video from YouTube

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