The Layabouts


Leigh Darlow & Alex Paschali’s immense partnership as The Layabouts was, as you might expect, forged in the studio & we welcomed them to the Soulstice family in June 2014…

Juggling university studies in sound recording with engineering work at a number of busy London-based recording spaces dedicated to dance music, Leigh was eventually drawn to the renowned Earthworks studio facility in Barnet, just north of the capital. It was here, in 2001, that he’d meet guitarist (& fellow engineer) Alex. Both were working on separate projects but shared an immediate connection. The pair, kindred musical spirits, started working together on un-credited backing tracks for major clients including Ministry Of Sound.

In 2004 as The Layabouts, their slick debut single ‘Feeling Right’ quickly followed by ‘The Way I Feel’ – both soulful, deep-dance licks released via their fledgling Soulworks label.  It grabbed the attention of global dance icon Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez, whose Ill Friction stable would eventually push The Layabouts’ gospel-stompin’ bomb ‘Stand Up’ in 2008, backed by Gonzalez’ own meaty remixes. The Layabouts themselves have remixed everyone from Toni Braxton, Beverley Knight, Stephanie Mills, to DJ Spen & Robert Owens, ‘Jellybean’ Benitez, Copyright & Reel People, as well as influential imprints like MN2S. Their revered studio licks such as ‘Choices’ (with Kathy Brown) & 2013’s silky-smooth ‘Colours Of Love’ (featuring Portia Monique) have gained much attention.

Away from the studio they’ve toured extensively both home & abroad, their biggest gig to thousands of revellers at South Africa’s epic Spring Fiesta in 2012. But it is Leigh’s gradual transformation of the duo’s Earthworks HQ into a truly world-class recording facility that best reflects The Layabouts’ rise & rise. Leigh became Earthworks owner in 2004, but runs the studio today alongside like-minded artist & engineer Matt Bandy. Through Bandy’s label Limestone Recordings that The Layabouts took their next intrepid steps.

After a brief hiatus to reclaim their ‘roots’ Leigh & Alex have a number of fresh projects in the can ready to go, including far-reaching collaborations with several leading underground lights, including UK soulstress Imaani, who shared the Soulstice main stage with them… & in 2017, the fruits of their labour were delivered when they released the international club hit ‘Stay’…

The boys (& girl) done good!

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