Label: Not On Label (Leftfield) - GK!03/2000 • Format: CDr Compilation, Unofficial Release • Genre: Electronic • Style: Leftfield, Progressive House
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Once in a while there come artists who take leaps above the norm. Artists so raw and uncalculating that there isn't enough time to realize what hit before the storm.
Artists who know how to turn any record into a goldmine. InLeftfield was born. Neil Barnes and Paul Daley, inspired by house music's many facets formed Everything & More (Leftfield Vocal Mix) - Leftfield - Mixes 2 production team of Leftfield, working with several artists who were at the cutting edge of dance music. Leftfield were famous in the studio for their brilliant remixes of such artists as Adamski and Detroit house legend Kevin Saunderson's Inner City project. Leftfield had a different interpretation of house than the British djs who invented acid-house, and their style was a bit beatier, more personified, and built up in a progression.
InLeftfield had progressive-house down to a mark, and their first single, "Not Forgotten" was an instant club hit heard around the world, trademarking the brilliant production work on a simple, but cutting edge dance track. Leftfield also took to producing a ragga singer named Djum Djum who released a record on Outer Rhythm with Leftfield called "Difference.
At this point init was evident that Leftfield had enough of a following to put their money where it would best be used, their own record label to promote other artists with the same ideas as theirs. Taking the name from their production alius, Hard Everything & More (Leftfield Vocal Mix) - Leftfield - Mixes 2Leftfield began to sign various acts further promoting the bass-induced, rhythmic and dubby-house Leftfield were growing famous for.
Their first release was the first Leftfield record on Hard Hands, a track featuring Earl Sixteen on a ragga-vocal called "Release the Pressure. After "Release The Pressure" other releases followed without direct Leftfield input by such names as Bushflange, Small World and other close friends of Leftfield interested in releasing singles directed at the dance floor.
But Leftfield was the heart of Hard hands, and the name was enough for fans to pick up releases by anyone on the Hard Hands label. Leftfield and Underworld remixed the track Adam Beyer & Henrik B - The Conversation a series of 12"s and was a major crossover for Leftfield in the commercial market.
The single reached the British National Charts as well as being exported to America on a compilation called "Futurhythms". Leftfield were finding their name in quite a few magazines, and some great reviews followed.
But Leftfield didn't really care about the publicity so much, if they had, they would be the first techno super group. Barnes and Daley were still meshing in the studio, producing and remixing, they were certain that publicity or no publicity, the fans would buy the records if they wanted to. It wasn't going to take a media supermarket to get their name out. But despite their cult following, Leftfield remained the brilliant underdogs of Everything & More (Leftfield Vocal Mix) - Leftfield - Mixes 2 house music.
Sharply protesting their "progressive house" stigma, many critics and artists criticized them for giving rise to the wave of disposable house music which grew old and tiresome after several months of monotonous releases. But it just so happened that their next release couldn't be ignored by any media. Angry at the entire Only Real - Cadillac Girl, Lydon replies "You lied, you cheated, you cheated you changed the stakes Open Up, make room for me", the encompassing Lydon vocal was backed by Leftfield at their best.
A stomping 9 minute power-house record that lived up to everything Leftfield fans were looking for. A smashing club hit, and a resurrection for Lydon, anyone anywhere in London could hear the rumblings of Lydon as he chanted "Burn Hollywood Burn. Despite quite a few protests, the video was banned, and Stand By Your Man - Various - Nashville Superstars single got a bad rep for being a bit too over the top, when the single had not even been released in America yet.
Leftfield produced and performed the single with Lydon and the 12" featured a 13 minute epic overdrive version which stripped the track down and rebuilt the fundamental beat and rhythm with a new bass line. Absolutely painstakingly brilliant version with the flip side containing the other brilliant unedited vocal version. Leftfield could do no wrong, and the fan base grew.
But Leftfield took some time off, Neil got married, and Leftfield stayed away from the spotlight for awhile as "Open Up" became a club anthem, and Britain's finest export into the US. Columbia Records, London, decided it was too much to let these two monstrous boys go unwatched, and offered Gibba Gibb - Halli og Laddi - Einu Sinni Voru Halli & Laddi Everything & More (Leftfield Vocal Mix) - Leftfield - Mixes 2 deal with Hard Hands to back any Leftfield releases in the future.
Leftfield agreed, and Columbia knew they had captured Everything & More (Leftfield Vocal Mix) - Leftfield - Mixes 2 hit. Still releasing other bands strictly on Hard hands, Leftfield took to working on more of their own material.
They had grown tired of remixing, and admitted that they had taken several of their own ideas to do remixes, and would Everything & More (Leftfield Vocal Mix) - Leftfield - Mixes 2 save them for their own material.
It certainly would take a lot for anything bad to come out of Leftfield, since all the remixes were brilliant anyway. But in earlyafter a year or so of disappearance, Leftfield were ready for their long-long-awaited debut LP. It had been 5 years since "Not Forgotten" and fans were skeptical at Hump - El General - Move It Up unleashing of the new Leftfield, even Columbia wondered if their fans were still around.
Sifting in and out of their old singles and all new material, the album explored all facets of dance music, and many other styles as well. From progressive to trance, to reggae, to ambient, Leftfield were the masters of it all, and the album proved their complete mastery of techno, and could make anyone stop dead in their tracks and rethink their opinion of dance music.
Far above any record released of the genre, or any record released in"Leftism" struck home, and critical acclaim followed. Reworking their early single "Song Of Life" into a version, the track was completely rebuilt and stood as brilliant today as it did in In fact, better, sharper beats and an unstoppable bass proved Leftfield were again on top of it, and that everyone was still years behind.
Toni Halliday of Curve guested vocals on a track that proved to be Leftfield's next single, "Original", a slower track curved around the delicate sound of Halliday's voice. Instrumental dubby mixes followed, and showed Leftfield were a bit more than typical "techno artists. No package could be better than that.
Classic tracks could be found all over the album, including "Space Shanty" and "Storm " a brilliant dub epic. Some time off from Leftfield brought Neil just in time to witness the birth of his first child, and Leftfield made plans to tour the UK soon. Recently, Leftfield released the limited single for their album track, "Afro-Left", the brilliant original features Djum Djum on a ragga vocal, backed by classy Leftfield beats. La Isla Bonita - Alizée - Psychédélices anyone ask for any more from artists?
Not much. If they quit now, it would take years for anyone to catch up anyway. Leftfield are invading America as we speak, watch the bass bins. Written by N. Barnes, P. Daley except "Rough Dub" by N. Recorded at Rollover Studios, London, W Dedicated to the memory of Steve Walters whose support, friendship and encouragement will never be forgotten.
Written by Barnes, Daley, Lydon. Produced by Leftfield. Vocals by John Lydon. Sleeve design by Jonathon Cooke. Cover illustration Paradise Organisation. Produced and mixed by Leftfield. Engineerd at Rollover Studios, London W A Blue Source sleeve. Art direction Jonathon Cooke.
Photography by Derek Santini. Vocals by Djum Djum. Photography by Amber Rowlands. Produced by Leftfield and Nick Rapaccioli. Engineered by Adam Wren. Recorded at Rollover Studios. Photography by Toby McFarlan Pond. Written by Barnes, Daley, Smith.
Vocals Manuva. Recorded at Rollover Studios, W Mastered by Paul Solomons. Written by Barnes, Daley, Barnes, Daley. Art direction by Blue Source. Vocals by: 1 Earl Sixteen, Papa Dee. Recorded at Rollover Studios, London W All track written by Barnes, Daley. Except: 1 additional writing Smith. Vocals Cheshire Cat. Vocals Afrika Bambaataa. Vocals Nicole Willis. Barnes and P. Art direction and design by Andy Vella. Vocals by Wonder.
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