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 True Steppers.


Early career (1992–1995)[edit]

He first came to prominence with the single "Hurt You So" in 1992, popular in the rave scene. (The 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 singles such as "Ooh I Like It" and "Make Me Work".

Early drum & bass work (1995–1998)[edit]

In 1995, he changed direction producing 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. In 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 sampling 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 co wrote and produced True Steppers' "Out of Your Mind", the hit single featuring Dane Bowers and Victoria Beckham, and also co wrote and 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. 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 2006, with "Watch Me" being released in 2008.

Current work (2009–present)[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 fourth album In a Jungle was due for release on Spearhead Records. Much of the album, as the title suggests, is a throw-back to the jungle music movement in the mid-'90s.

In 2015, he started a digital Drum & Bass label known as 23:22. It currently has five releases.


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

  • 2005: "Back to Your Roots" (feat. Bradley McIntosh)
  • 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 Hospital Records)
  • 2015: "Synthesize"

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" / "Voices 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:

  • 2008: "I Can't Wait for Love" by Matt Schwartz (as vocalist)
  • 2015 Eb4/connect
  • 2016 'Does it/Play
  • 2016 'Hallow/Insight


  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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