(La La and the Bo Ya)
Marf is a singer/songwriter. She has recorded as a featured vocalist on a variety of genres, from hip-hop to country/folk, dubstep to experimental techno - always open to try new things and challenge her voice and style. While she also continues to write and record as a solo artist, her primary efforts and penning are currently geared towards the music collaboration she’s one half of with her brother, MeatEd. They call themselves ‘La La & the Boo Ya’.
Based in Yorkshire in the UK, LL&BY have been working together musically in one way or another all their lives but started having a crack at digital-based music production properly around 2006. Gig-wise, they tend to play out in a club/party setting, rather than amongst live bands, due to the genre(s) their stuff falls into. However, their tracks are very definitely ‘songs’, as opposed to ‘tunes’. MeatEd mashes up breakbeats and dirty basslines with an unpredictable edge, accompanied by Marf’s “gritty, soulful voice” (Traffic Mag) lyricising melodic, sometimes cheeky - always conscious wordage to create a different, fresh kind of sound from a different kind of musical outfit.
Favourites on BBC6 Music’s ‘Fresh On The Net’ show with Tom Robinson, he has compared LL&BY to the likes of The Clash, NWA, MIA and Dylan!? He was “Loving the rough electro sound” of ‘Stanley King’ and described flashmob video track ‘Evidence’ as “Political pop”!?
2010 saw LL&BY make an important link-up with one of their all-time heroes, Congo Natty aka Rebel MC. So far, coming together to work on each others’ music as featured vocalists and swapping tunes for remix - what is tipped to be one of 2011’s exciting underground sounds to watch out for, is now in motion creatively. Keep your ears open for Marf's guest vocals on Rebel MC’s new works and look forward to LL&BY’s first official releases on Congo Natty Recordings. Whilst you may not put LL&BY into a closed ‘Jungle’ box, style-wise - they will tell you that being true Junglists is about more than following a musical genre...
"Repping Bradford and hailing from the South and back, the brother and sister partnership have a knack for mashing up dances as well as kicking thoughts in gear. Offering perceptions of inner city realities, raving, drugs, criminality and UK politics; their messages strike with realness and avoid the pretentious or preachy.
Delving into ragga, dubstep, electro and genrally chopping up beats; they are a tricky sound to tie down, but what’s clear is the junglist mentality that runs deep. Just as Marf’s vocals can easily switch from ethereal harmonies to a bolshy defiant chat, MeatEd chops up tempos and styles with his bassline melodies and breaks". - Congo Natty