Leila Arab

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Birth nameLeila Arab
Also known asGrammatix,[1] Little Miss Specta
Born1971 (age 46–47)[2]
Tehran, Iran[2]
OriginLondon, England[2]
Occupation(s)Producer, DJ
Years active1993-present
LabelsRephlex Records, Warp, XL Recordings
Associated actsBjörk, Zebra Katz

Leila Arab (Persian: لیلا عرب‎, born in 1971), better known by her stage name Leila, is an Iranian-born record producer and DJ based in London, England. She has released music on Rephlex Records, XL Recordings, and Warp.[3] She has been a member of Björk's touring band.[4]


Leila started Djing in 1991 while studying at university in Stafforshire where she studies film, tv and radio.

Leila played in Bjorks touring band during Debut (1993), Post (1995), Homogenic (1997) and greatest hits tour of 2003. The track "Storm" that appeared in Mathew Barneys "Drawing Restraint 9" was created from an improvisational piece performed during the 2003 tour.

In 1998, Leila released her debut album, Like Weather, on Rephlex Records.[4] In 2000, she released Courtesy of Choice on XL Recordings. Both featured vocals by Roya Arab, Donna Paul and Luca Santucci.[5]

In 2004 Leila contributed to the Shhh ... sonic exhibition at the V&A in London.

In 2008, she released Blood Looms and Blooms on Warp.[6] It included vocal contributions from Roya Arab, Luca Santucci, Terry Hall, Martina Topley-Bird and Seaming To.[7]

In 2009, she contributed a cover of an Aphex Twin song, "Vordhosbn", to the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation album.[8]

In 2012, she released U&I on Warp featuring the experimental artist Mount Sims.[9]

In 2015, she released a collaborative EP with Zebra Katz, titled Nu Renegade.[10]

In June 2017 Leila took part in the Xavier Veilhan French pavilion contribution at the Venice Biennale. Artists were invited to create in the specially designed space as the audience wandered around.

In 2017 Leila performed for the closing party of the Sharjah Biennial in Beirut.





  • "Don't Fall Asleep" (1997)
  • “Space, Love" (1998)
  • "Feeling" (1998)
  • "Sodastream" (1999)
  • "Mettle" (2008)
  • "Deflect" (2008)
  • "(Disappointed Cloud) Anyway" (2011)


  1. ^ "Leila Arab". British Council. 12 October 2005. Archived from the original on 27 April 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2009.
  2. ^ a b c Dalton, Stephen (31 January 2012). "A talented diaspora presents a new kind of Iranian music". The National. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  3. ^ Saxelby, Ruth (8 May 2015). "Zebra Katz And Leila Debut Snarling "You Tell Em" Video". The Fader. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  4. ^ Savvides, Alexandra (19 September 2008). "Leila interview by Alexandra Savvides". Cyclic Defrost. Retrieved 27 April 2017.

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