A lot of people were eager for the arrival of this album, but few knew how badly the world needed it. Leftism is the first world map of dance, charting worldbeat, jungle, techno, hip-hop and a steel drum full of dub across an ever-fragmenting clubland. Barnes and Daley's hardcore cred (ex-punks, friends with lots of Rasta types, no interviews) and pop touch made them perfect emissaries, and Leftism became the first essential clubber's purchase to crossover to the mainstream.
Part of Leftism's crossover - and Leftfield's retention of club cool -- can be attributed to the savvy use of guest vocalists. "Original" pits Curve's Toni Halliday against moody trip-hop, thereby inventing Garbage two years early, while the artist formerly known as Johnny Rotten's banshee prophecy of a burning Hollywood over the caning house rhythms of "Open Up" still sounds incendiary. Conversely, "Afro-Left," "Space Shanty" and junglist tornado "Storm 3000" deliver punishing dancefloor beats without sacrificing the instant, dynamic impact of top-flight pop.
Think all techno dates in two years? Think again. Leftism distilled the revolutionary sounds of the early '90s into timeless songs, and even as the second Leftfield album approaches, the debut sounds fresher than 1999's flavor-of-the-month junglists and big beaters. Come a new millenium, it'll still be sitting next to the CD player.
ok so I didnt write the above article but I personally think Its a quality CD.
I agree with you Rob. And yes Basement Jaxx are cheese - although they werent at first. They released Fly Life which was played by a lot of the non-cheese DJ's. And like a lot of people (Sanchez , Morillo e.t.c.) they then took the commercial root.
I actually bought Leftism on triple vinyl about 6 months ago, only about £15 too. I've had copies of that and the Rhythm & Steath albums for years and always thought both albums were very good and have some top memories with the tunes before and after going out. You really had to hear them play live to appreciate them truely I'd say.
And Flash off the Rhythm & Stealth album is pure genius.