Leftfield – Neil Barnes and Paul Daley – one of electronic music’s all time greatest acts – this week announce the release of Leftism 22 a very special reissue of their seminal debut album Leftism and a UK tour where Leftfield (now led solely by Neil Barnes) will perform the record in full. Leftism 22 is available to download and buy from 5 May via Sony CG. Listen to ‘Release The Pressure’ on the Shoot Matchday Stadium Playlist!
“There’s a scope and spirit, an energy and a madness to Leftism which’ll make it stay up there, bouncing around in the great echo chamber of futurity” – NME
“It’s hard to overestimate the significance of Leftism, roundly acknowledged upon its release in 1995 as the first truly complete album experience to be created by house musicians and the first quintessentially British one” – Q Magazine
Leftism 22 arrives 22 years on from the release of the acclaimed original, in a remastered version overseen by the band. It will be available in a limited edition 3xLP vinyl, mirroring the original release and will include download codes for the remastered album and new mixes will be included, as well as all 11 original tracks remixed by a host of artists, including Skream, Adrian Sherwood, BodyJack and Voiski.
Leftfield was formed in 1989, before emerging publicly in 1990 with ‘Not Forgotten’, a song that established a template for a new strain of British house leaning away from American styles dominating UK clubs. Released in January 1995, their debut album Leftism remains one of the defining statements of 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 numerous hit singles in ‘Open Up’ – their now legendary collaboration with John Lydon; ‘Original’, featuring Curve’s Toni Halliday; ‘Release the Pressure’, featuring Earl Sixteen; and ‘Afro-Left’, with vocals by Neil Cole, aka Djum Djum.
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