bathed himself in acid house parties since the start of DJ career in 1989 around London and Cambdrige. In a slip and slide into the industry, Coombs rapidly made a name for himself. Deep into 1991 he produced his first record under the name of The Invisible Men
Records. And this was just the beginning. He later went on to be run his own labels 'Paradise Recordings', 'Pumpin' Vinyl' and the much talked about electro-driven 'Zoid' and 'Thrust' series.
Like sands through the hourglass, it was now 1998 and Coombs had more than completed a rigorous training of rave culture bootcamp. He soon found himself attracted to the big smoke of London Town and began working with Intergroove distribution. It was whilst working there delivering tunes to Vinyl Addiction that he met with Finger Lickin' label boss Justin Rushmore and played him a demo of 'Sky Juice'. As the old but reinvented adage goes - you can take the man out of acid, but you can't take the acid out of a man. Coombs' contribution to the Finger Lickin' meant that his acid-angled productions gave him a float all of his own. This was the milieu of his future sound.
His renaissance of aciiiiiid undertones are painted with an overture of modern breaks. His DJ sets are an invisible mesh featuring the deep influences of electro, crispy breakbeat, shuffle house, and treacherous techno - revered from Edinburgh to Berlin, San Francisco to Jersey. Seb Fontaine
, Pete Tong
, and countless other lords of the dance noted Coombs as the man to watch after his 'Future Sound Of Retro' compilation was released in June 2001. Pete Tong
branded Coombs' mix of Quivver as the "Essential New Tune", and more opportunities came into action. Remixes from the likes of Criminal Element Orchestra, DJ Technique's 'My Definition' for Mob, Quivver and Sister Bliss
as well as previous works under his pseudonym of Oscar Goldman (featured on his Thrust 2 label and the Carbon imprint) set the stepping stones to the success that would follow. Soon his talents were being called upon to put his twist on New Order, Lamb and Moby.
Then the Coombs got a call from the Man - Paul Oakenfold
. Starting up a new series of compilation albums for Perfecto, who better to concoct the first outing than Mr Coombs? The resulting almighty Perfecto Breaks album was launched in October 2002 to critical applaud. A skilful mixture of his own works, re-jigged classics and new collaborations, the result is more music lesson than mix compilation. Lee joined forces with Meat Katie
, the result: two massive tribalistic numbers. 'Two Men On a Trip' which describes their studio mindset, was featured on the Perfecto album and 'The Hum' with its beefy old skool stabs was reworked by Mr Katie. The double A side was released on Finger Lickin' in late November 2002. Most recently Lee has put his talents to a remix for Paul Oakenfold
's single 'Time of Your Life', due for release spring 2003.
Meanwhile aside from his heavy recording schedule Lee has continued to call the DJ drill at major clubs around the world including Bugged Out
and Fabric, Spundae in LA, Vinyl in New York, Womb club in Japan, the list goes on ... Finger Lickin' national tours, a San Fran residency and a trip to Australia for the 2 Tribes tour has certainly kept the Coombs man well absorbed in his work. When he's not locked in the studio, honing his work to precision, he can be found unwinding by early morning water skiing or restoring his beloved 1972 Porsche Targa (as seen on Finger Lickin' artwork). We don't know how he does it, but he definitely doesn't break easy.