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Leftism - National Album Day 2023 Edition

    Leftism is the debut studio album by English electronic music duo (now solo project) Leftfield, originally released in 1995 on Columbia Records. It contained a mixture of new tracks along with reworked versions of previous Leftfield singles. 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.

    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. 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".

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A
    1. Release The Pressure
    2. Afro-Left
    3. Melt
    Side B
    1. Song Of LIfe
    2. Original
    3. Black Flute
    Side C
    1. Space Shanty
    2. Inspection (Check One)
    3. Storm 3000
    Side D
    1. Open Up
    2. 21st Century Poem

    Various Artists

    In The Light Of Time UK Post-Rock And Leftfield Pop 1992 - 1998

      In the early 90s, a number of bands exploring the daring side of guitar pop and rock started to emerge in the UK. Most were new, some included members of 80s groups looking for new directions. They were supported by established independent labels such as Rough Trade and 4AD/Guernica and new ventures like Too Pure or Domino.

      Influenced by the legacy of post-punk, minimalism, 70s art rock and a growing electronic scene, their first releases were enthusiastically received by the media. This included a 1994 article in The Wire where journalist Simon Reynolds used the term “post-rock” to refer to some of them: Bark Psychosis, Disco Inferno, Moonshake, Seefeel, Main, Pram, Insides…

      Even though these bands didn’t sound alike, they seemed to share an ethos of deconstruction and were interested in the possibilities of studio manipulation. Calling their music post-rock meant that it still had a link with established rock music, even as it picked it apart and made something new from its component parts.

      However, 1994 was also the first year when Britpop dominated the UK charts and music press, and the contemporary artists featured on this collection felt their already-small window of exposure shrinking. Still, away from the limelight, they released innovative records that were lauded worldwide and have since acquired cult status.

      The second part of the 90s brought a new crop of groups and “bedroom” labels that carried on this forward-thinking attitude to music, unburdened by genre notions and open-minded.

      “In The Light Of Time” is the first compilation to survey this period and scene of UK music. If they were released today, these tracks would probably be described as post-punk, art rock or leftfield pop. But beyond any tags or labels, they remain as inventive and captivating as when they first came out.


      TRACK LISTING

      1. Second Language - Disco Inferno
      2. Naturally Occurring Anchors – Spoonfed Hybrid
      3. City Poison - Moonshake
      4. Every Day Shines (D Mix) - Earwig
      5. In The Light Of Time - Flying Saucer Attack
      6. Starry Night - Laika
      7. Spectra Decay - Main
      8. Darling Effect - Insides
      9. Loose Threads - Pram
      10. A Cheery Wave From Stranded Youngsters - Mogwai
      11. In The Event Of Just Looking - Appliance
      12. (The) Weight - Hood
      13. A Street Scene - Bark Psychosis
      14. I Am The Sub-Librarian - Piano Magic
      15. Play Away - Electric Sound Of Joy
      16. Sun Drawing - Movietone
      17. Through You - Seefeel 

      Leftfield

      Rhythm & Stealth - 2023 Reissue

        Rhythm and Stealth is the second studio album by Leftfield, originally released on 20 September 1999. It reached number 1 on the UK Albums Chart. It was nominated for the 2000 Mercury Music Prize.

        Matt Hendrickson of Rolling Stone said, "The album's jumble of epic sounds is a blessing and a curse: Rhythm and Stealth never develops a sustained, full-on groove, but it makes for a mind-melding headphone adventure."[10] John Bush of AllMusic said, "Leftfield has moved on with a grace and mastery of production seldom seen in the dance world."[4]

        NME named it the 24th best album of 1999.

        Pressed on black vinyl.

        TRACK LISTING

        SIDE A
        1 Dusted 
        2 Phat Planet
        SIDE B
        1 Chant Of A Poor Man 
        2 Double Flash 
        3 El Cid
        SIDE C
        1 Afrika Shox
        2 Dub Gussett
        SIDE D
        1 Swords
        2 6/8 War
        3 Rino's Prayer


        Leftfield

        Leftism - 2023 Reissue

          Leftism is the debut studio album by English electronic music duo (now solo project) Leftfield, originally released in 1995 on Columbia Records. It contained a mixture of new tracks along with reworked versions of previous Leftfield singles. 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.

          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. 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". Pressed on black vinyl.

          TRACK LISTING

          SIDE A:
          1 Release The Pressure 
          2 Afro Left 
          3 Melt 
          SIDE B:
          1 Song Of Life
          2 Original 
          3 Black Flute
          SIDE C
          1 Space Shanty
          2 Inspection (Check One)
          3 Storm 3000
          SIDE D
          1 Open Up
          2 21st Century Poem

          Leftfield

          This Is What We Do

          The first album in 7 years from seminal electronic music pioneers and twice Mercury Prize nominated, Leftfield. Currently reaching a new audience through Idris Elba’s Gucci ad, this will be their 4th album in their 28 year history. The new single will be featured in the soon to launched eFootball by Konami (previously PES).

          Originally comprised of Neil Barnes and Paul Daley, Leftfield have been at the cutting edge of dance music since the 1990s, releasing albums that have become some of the most influential electronic records of all time around the world with their debut LP 'Leftism' being widely regarded as one of the most boundary-pushing electronic LPs ever released.

          In 2010, Neil Barnes reignited the Leftfield name, and went on to release an acclaimed new album ('Alternative Light Source') touring the world with a full live band. Neil has also been cementing his reputation as a top-tier DJ and record collector unleashing modern dancefloor weapons, selling out venues, headlining festivals and creating some amazing nights with his sets.

          "This Is What We Do" is a quintessential Leftfield experience which finds Barnes executing his alchemy at an even purer distillation. Like previous outings, and mimicking what The Chemical Brothers also do really well; it features guest collaborations with acclaimed talents outside of the immediate club arena. Namely Fontaines DC lead man Grian Chatten on "Full Way Round", poet Lemn Sissay on "Making A Difference" and a return of old friend Earl Sixteen (from 'Leftism's' "Release The Pressure"!!!) on "Rapture 16". Confidently striding the very soundscapes Neil and Paul plotted throughout the 90s and 00s, it references nobody but themselves, an assured long player of vast proportions and a high watermark from this treasured UK act. Recommended!


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Barry says: Legendary electronic stalwart(s) Leftfield return, trimming down the full-time members to Neil Barnes only, but maximising the sound into a wonderfully widescreen distillation of everything that drew us to them in the first place. Grizzly percussion and soaring harmonic highs, shimmering synths and hypnotic grooves. Ace.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. This Is What We Do
          2. Full Way Round
          3. Making A Difference
          4. City Of Synths
          5. Pulse
          6. Machines Like Me
          7. Rapture 16
          8. Heart And Soul
          9. Accumulator
          10. Let’s Have It
          11. The Power Of Listening


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