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Bending boundaries and ignoring the status quo – where would the electronic music scene be today without Lee Coombs?  For over a decade this British producer has been at the forefront of it all; releasing groundbreaking mix CDs, remixing the world’s most acclaimed artists and knocking out dancefloor destroying productions that are considered classics years after their release.

A seasoned veteran, Coombs first hit the DJ slopes in 1989, bathing himself in the acid house scene at parties around London and Cambridge. Crucial in shaping his all-encompassing approach to DJing and production, this boundary-less approach would become Coombs’ trademark, mixing up breaks, house, electro, techno and acid with dexterous assurance.

In 1998 Coombs made his first massive strike on the breaks scene as the prized recruit of then ‘up and coming’ label Finger Lickin’, with the man’s acclaimed album of 2001 ‘Future Sound of Retro’ signalling his arrival on the world stage. The album struck a chord within the dance music community, so much so that respected industry figurehead Pete Tong noted him as the ‘man to watch’. An ‘Essential New Tune’ accolade soon followed courtesy of Tong, with Coombs’ re-rub of Quivver’s ‘One Last Time’ making dance fans weak at the knees the world over.

Such was the demand for Coombs, that luminary Paul Oakenfold was soon knocking at his door, resulting in the critically acclaimed Perfecto Breaks album of 2002. After landing the job of remixing Oakenfold’s ‘Time of your Life’ and then further re-rubs for world class acts such as Moby, New Order, Lamb and Planet Funk, Coombs’ status as one of the industry’s most in-demand artists quickly developed. Even the BBC was under the Coombs spell with them flying him over to Prague in the summer of 2003 to record the theme music for the television program ‘Born to Win’ with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ever the musical innovator, Lee Coombs’ 2004 album release ‘Breakfast of Champions’ signalled a significant evolution in his sound. Collaborating with some of the most respected artists in his field – from Dylan Rhymes to Christian J, Andy Gardner (Plump DJs) and Jem Panufnik (Soul of Man), the album charted the ambitious new territory of Tech Funk, injecting the Breaks sound with butt-shaking elements of House, Electro and Techno. It was a style Coombs would make his own, alongside fellow innovators Meat Katie, Elite Force and Dylan Rhymes. Featured on the acclaimed album was the cracking single ‘Shiver’ (feat. Katherine Ellis) which was snapped up by classic house imprint Azuli and became one of the biggest vocal house anthems of 2005, whilst the ‘Alright All-Night/Dubhead’ and ‘Obsessional Rhythm’ singles went straight to no.1 in the DJ Mag Beats & Breaks Chart.

Departing Finger Lickin’ for new pastures in 2005, Coombs’ focus shifted to releasing music through his own Thrust Recordings imprint as well as Adrift and Meat Katie’s Lot49 (then Whole9Yards). It was at this time that he started his ‘Thrust’ club nights in San Francisco, with the quarterly events becoming one of the hottest tickets in the Bay Area. He also formally joined the Lot49 team, mixing the label’s compilation Lot49 Presents – Lee Coombs.

When he is not in the producers chair, Coombs regularly tours all corners of the globe and is a bona-fide fan favourite throughout Europe, the USA, Australia, Asia and of course the UK. His popularity has also ensured his repeat appearance at infamous festival ‘The Burning Man’ in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

Coombs artist album entitled “Light and Dark.” Was released in October 2009 on Lot49, Coombs views this as a most ambitious project with a range of tempos from 100 – 128 bpm. While still dancefloor focused, collaborations with the likes of Seasunz, Katherine Ellis, Uberzone and others help push the albums boundaries and showcase Coombs’ abilities across multiple genres.

2010 saw Lee move back into the T.V. music world when Absolut Vodka asked for his services with their ‘Absolut Night’ campaign. In 2011 they also asked Lee to write the music to their ‘Absolut Blank’ Campaign which includes ‘behind the scenes’ video soundtrack and an Electronic version of their currently worldwide showing ‘Absolut Blank’ T.V. ad. Lee’s ability to create music that fits any kind of film or game is becoming widely known throughout the industry.

In 2011 Coombs revived The Freakazoids project that he started in the late nineties and began to write the album ‘In Freakz We Trust’. This tribute to Old School Electro and Hip Hop was finally released in 2014 after an amazing and successful, crowdsource funding campaign to press Limited Edition CD’s and Vinyl. At the same time Coombs collaborated with up and coming producer Kostas G and wrote their artist album ‘Kaleidoscope’. This Breaks and Tech House long player was released to much critical acclaim and was a standout release of the year. If that wasn’t enough 2014 ended as an incredible year with Coombs’s single ‘Lilly in the Sky’ becoming one of the bestselling Breaks singles of the year and remaining in the top ten for months at a time. Coombs ended 2014 in the Beatport bestselling Breaks artist chart at no 18 ahead of many so called bigger names…

In a world that’s so often governed by trends and fads, Coombs’ unwavering ability to simultaneously destroy dancefloors and push musical boundaries over 20 years since he first touched a pair of turntables is a remarkable achievement in itself.  There’s little doubt that his impressive sonic skills will be rocking ears for many years to come.

Discography

ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS – 1991 to Today…

The Invisible Men _ The Self Indulge EP (Orbital)
The Invisible Men _ The Over Indulge EP (Orbital)
Exodus To Paradise _ Rocket (Paradise Records)
Exodus To Paradise _ Deep Blue (Paradise Records)
Exodus To Paradise _ Rock It remix (Pumpin Vinyl)
Energiser- Energy Trax (Pumpin Vinyl)
Lee Coombs- Feel It (Pumpin Vinyl)
The Frog Junkies- Air Guitar (Aura Surround Sounds)
Lee Coombs- Thrust 1 (Thrust)
Lee Coombs- Thrust 2 (Thrust)
Action Jackson- Original Action (Thrust)
Lee Coombs- Skyjuice (Finger Lickin’)
Lee Coombs- Intensity (Finger Lickin’)
Lee Coombs- Future Sound of Retro (Finger Lickin’)
Lee Coombs- Air Guitar II (Finger Lickin’)
The Freakazoids- Attic Futura (Zoid Recordings)
The Freakazoids- Need Another Beat (Zoid Recordings)
The Freakazoids- The Freak (Zoid)
The Freakazoids- Freak and Hustle (Zoid)
The Freakazoids- Open Your Mind (Zoid Recordings)
The Freakazoids- What is a DJ? (Zoid)
Oscar Goldman- Thrust 2 (Carbon)
Lee Coombs- Future Sound Of Retro 2001/ Skyjuice remix (Finger Lickin)
Lee Coombs- Dance To The House/ Thrust 1 remix (Finger Lickin)
Lee Coombs- Techno Meltdown (Perfecto Breaks)
Lee Coombs- Rollin (Perfecto Breaks)
Lee Coombs and Meat Katie ­ Two men on a Trip (Finger Lickin)
Lee Coombs and Meat Katie ­ The Hum (Kingsize)
Lee Coombs and Meat Katie ­ Not House Music (Kingsize)
Lee Coombs and Meat Katie ­ Import (Bedrock Breaks)
Lee Coombs and Paranoid Jack – Time is now (Thrust)
Lee Coombs – Out of my Mind (Adrift records)
Lee Coombs feat Katherine Ellis – Control (Thrust)
Lee Coombs and Paranoid Jack – We are the future (Thrust)
Lee Coombs and Grant Plant – Dont hold back the music (Thrust)
Lee Coombs and DJ Icey – Duo drive the ride (Zone recordings)
Lee Coombs and Nick Thayer – TFM (Lot 49)
Lee Coombs feat Katherine Ellis – Control (Lot49)
Lee Coombs and Uberzone – Right Now (Lot49)
Lee Coombs – Punji – (Lot49)
Lee Coombs – Drone / Djembe – (Thrust)
Lee Coombs – Get up off EP – (Thrust)
Lee Coombs and Meat Katie – UP / Thinking of you (Lot49)
Lee Coombs – Break 9541 (Thrust)
Lee Coombs – Hypnotone (Thrust)
Lee Coombs – Lilly in the Sky (Lot49)
Lee Coombs and Kostas G – Phunked! / Cycles (Thrust Recordings)
Lee Coombs and Kostas G – Futureshock (Lot49)

The Freakazoids – What is a DJ – The Street Sounds Remix (Nu Electro 4/Street Sounds)
The Freakazoids – Freakazoid Experiments (Thrust)
Lee Coombs – Thrust 4 (Thrust)

The Freakazoids – Impact (Thrust)
The Freakazoids – Body Freak (Thrust)
Lee Coombs – Bay City Roller (Thrust)
Lee Coombs – Fallout (Thrust)

ARTIST ALBUMS –

Breakfast of Champions (Finger Lickin) 2004
Light and Dark (Lot49) 2009
Light and Dark Remixed (Lot49) 2010
The Freakazoids – In Freakz We Trust (Thrust Recordings) 2014
Lee Coombs and Kostas G – Kaleidoscope (Thrust Recordings) 2014

REMIXES –

Exodus To Paradise _ Rock It (Pumpin Vinyl)
DJ Technique – My Definition (Mob)
Oscar Goldman – Thrust 2 (Carte Blanche)
De-Phazz – The Mambo Craze_ (Listening Pearls)
Freakazoids _ Freak and Hustle (10 Kilo)
Apollo 440 (Reverb)
Wildman (Casa Trax)
Sunscream _ Coda (Acetate)
Contact _ Signs of Life (React)
Quivver _ One last time (VC Recordings)
Sister Bliss _ Sister Sister (Multiply)
Criminal Element Orchestra _ Put The Needle On The Record (Finger Lickin)
New Order _ Crystal (London)
Jambo – Drum Attack (Heat)
Planet Funk – Inside All The People (VC)
Natural Born Grooves – Kickback (Spot On)
Psychotropic _ Hypnosis (Chew The Fat)
Lamb _ Sweet (Mercury)
Moby _ Extreme Ways (Mute)
Danny Sullivan _ Snake Charmer (Hooj)
Paul Oakenfold ­ Time of Your Life (Perfecto)
Plump DJs ­ Pray for You (Finger Lickin)
Atomic Hooligan ­ Shine a Light (Botchit and Scarper)
Lee Coombs and The Drumattic Twins ­ Tribal Tension (Thrust)
Meat Katie ­ All I Need (Lot49)
Oscar Goldman – Thrust 2 (2005 remix) (Thrust)
Virtualmismo – Mismoplastico (Mantra Vibes)
Suncast – (Intrinsic records)
Robert Armani – Circus Bells (Mantra Breaks)
The Freakazoids – What is a DJ? (Thrust)
Lee Coombs – Out of my mind (Adrift records)
Milke – She Says – Fat recordings
Ferry Corsten – Watch Out (Positiva)
Freaks – Creeps (Azuli / Thrust)
Lee Coombs feat Katherine Ellis – Control (Remix)
The Freestylers – Security (Supercharged records)
James Harcourt – Galia Melon (Spinout records)
Longrange – Vultures over Croyden (Longrange records)
Longrange – Dispell the clouds (Longrange records)
30Hz – Consume Daphne (Lot49 records)
Bassnectar – Riddiculous Wobble (OM recordings)
Uberzone – Alphawave – (Nitrus)
Hyperion – Gotta Hold it (U&A)
Lee Coombs – The Future Sound of Retro 2008 remixes (Finger Lickin)
Dopamine – Quite Posh – (InStereo)
UNKLE – Keys to the Kingdom – (Surrender All)
Meat Beat Manifesto – Radio Babylon (Free Download)
House Syndicate – Jam the Mace – 2011 Rerub (Free Download)
Princess Superstar and Trent Cantrelle – ROBOT (Sounds like Music)
Justin Johnson and 3PO – New York Stories – Cable
Meat Katie and Dylan Rhymes – Only You (Lot49)
Light and Dark Album Remixes (Lot49)
Hyperion – Gotta let go – 2011 Remix – (U and A)
Ways and Means – Scissorfight (Audio 23)
Lady Packa – Free-Dom (VIM)
Kosheen – Manequine (Skeleton)
Momu – Rising – (Looq)
Metha – Monster – Lee Coombs and Kostas G remix (VIM)
Electric Soulside – Venusia – Lee Coombs and Kostas G remix (Lot49)
Ed Steel – DB6 – Lee Coombs and Kostas G remix (AUX)

COMPILATION ALBUMS –

The Future Sound of Retro (Finger Lickin)
Perfecto Breaks presents Lee Coombs (Perfecto)
The Land of the Monkey Snake (Thrust)
Lot 49 presents – Lee Coombs (Lot 49 records)
Thrust Retrospective Vol1 mixed by Lee Coombs (Thrust)