Leftism (Remastered) Leftfield
Label: Sony Music UK
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- 1Release the Pressure 07:38
- 2Afro Left07:32
- 3Melt 05:15
- 4Song of Life 07:02
- 5Original 06:22
- 6Black Flute03:56
- 7Space Shanty 07:14
- 8Inspection (Check One) 06:28
- 9Storm 300005:44
- 10Open Up 06:53
- 1121st Century Poem 05:45
Info for Leftism (Remastered)
Leftism is the first studio album by electronica musicians Paul Daley and Neil Barnes under the name Leftfield. The album was released in 1995 on Columbia Records. Leftism consisted mostly of reworked versions of previous singles by Leftfield and new original pieces. The album contains guest spots from musicians not associated with dance music at the time such as John Lydon from Public Image Ltd. (and formerly of Sex Pistols) and Toni Halliday from Curve. The album was described as progressive house, although some journalists found that label too limiting, suggesting the album incorporated many genres. After completing the album, the duo in Leftfield initially were not happy with it.
On its release, the album was well received from the British press with positive reviews from the NME and Q. The album was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 1995 but lost to Portishead. Leftism sold well and was released months later in the United States. Critics have praised the album as one of the major album-length works of dance music, with Q referring to it as "the first truly complete album experience to be created by house musicians and the first quintessentially British one".
Kevin Hayes, berimbau
Earl Sixteen, vocals
Cheshire Cat, vocals
Papa Dee, vocals
Djum Djum, vocals
Toni Halliday, vocals
Danny Red, vocals
John Lydon, vocals
Lemn Sissay, vocals
Recorded 1995 at Rollover Studios, London
Mastering by Paul Solomons
Reissue remastered by Neil Barnes and Paul Daley
Produced by Paul Daley, Neil Barnes, Leftfield
Neil Barnes has been taking his Leftfield DJ Set around the world with an eclectic, modern club set with some of the best new house and techno and delivers a masterclass in an all-encompassing vortex of rich sounds.
Leftfield was formed in 1989, before emerging publicly in 1991 with ‘Not Forgotten’, a song that established a template for a new strain of British house leaning away from American styles dominating UK clubs. Record label wrangling delayed an official follow up for more than a year, when they finally released the monumental ‘Release The Pressure’ via their own Hard Hands label in 1992, a groundbreaking collision between dub-splattered house and reggae veteran Earl Sixteen. The seminal, incendiary ‘Open Up’ featuring John Lydon followed in 1993 raising expectation for their debut long player to seismic levels.
Released in January 1995, Leftism, remains one of the defining statements of 90s dance music, a gloriously inter-woven bombardment of musical styles and immaculate grooves, nominated for a Mercury prize and later voted in the top ten greatest albums of all time by readers of Q magazine. The album spawned two more top 20 singles in Original, featuring Curve’s Toni Halliday, and Afro-Left, with vocals by Neil Cole, aka Djum Djum.
The now infamous Liveism tour set a new precedent in sonic presentation as the behemoth sound system, which aimed to replicate the cataclysmic bass effect of reggae sound systems, incurred more complaints than Motorhead, and a ban from Brixton Academy when plaster started flaking from the ceiling. The tour elevated dance music from anonymous club PA to major event, with guest singers joining the party.
The 90s were all but over when the second Leftfield album appeared in Autumn 1999. Rhythm And Stealth worked with a darker hue and more pronounced techno influence, guests including Roots Manuva, MC Cheshire Cat and Afrika Bambaataa on first single Afrika Shox, which reached the UK top ten. The album – like its predecessor – would be nominated for a Mercury prize while one of its tracks, Phat Planet, soundtracked the award-winning ‘Surfer’ advert for Guinness. After one more single, June 2000’s Swords, Leftfield wound down operations. It was a full decade later that the band, now led solely by Neil Barnes, returned for a series of stunning headline performances at some of 2010’s hottest festivals including Rockness, Benicassim, L.E.D and Creamfields.
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