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A Final Hit - The Best Of Leftfield

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Pioneers of the intelligent progressive house scene, London duo Neil Barnes and Paul Daley, aka Leftfield, were part of the group of '90s artists who made dance music that was impossible to dance to, which included Massive Attack, Tricky, and Portishead. Despite six Top 40 hits, a number one album, and two Mercury Music Prize nominations, their dark, brooding, and often menacing brand of alternative electronica hasn't really been greeted with the same reverence as their peers' work has been in the resulting decade which, without much fanfare, has seen them quietly go their separate ways in 2002. In 2005, this 15-track compilation -- which includes material from their two studio albums, 1995's Leftism and 1999's Rhythm and Stealth, plus their contributions to soundtracks for three Danny Boyle films, Trainspotting ("A Final Hit"), his directorial debut ("Shallow Grave"), and The Beach ("Snakeblood"), and two of their earliest tracks ("Not Forgotten," "More Than I Know") -- show that they undoubtedly deserve to be held in the same high regard. The big hitters will be most listeners' first starting points, and they still sound as fresh and revolutionary as they did ten years prior. Their most famous tune, "Phat Planet," which was used as the soundtrack to the award-winning Guinness Surfer ad, is perhaps one of the most hypnotic singles ever to grace the Top Ten, thanks to its rumbling basslines, pounding breakbeats, and industrial synths; "Open Up" is an irresistible slice of guitar-charged techno featuring vocals from the iconic John Lydon which are just as snarling and punk-fueled as they were in his Sex Pistols heyday; while "Original" is an ethereal piece of dubby trip-hop featuring the disengaged but haunting tones of Curve lead singer Toni Halliday. But with a diverse array of guest vocalists including hip-hop legend Afrika Bambaataa, Jamaican reggae artist Earl Sixteen, and British rapper Roots Manuva, the lesser-known material is just as pulsating. Whether it's the robotic electro of "Afrika Shox," the trippy drum‘n'bass of "Swords," the acid-house dancehall of "Release the Pressure," or the tribal trance of "Afroleft," the pair never fail to provide challenging and creative dance music which effortlessly weaves its way around the history of club culture. Final Hit: Greatest Hits leaves you wishing Leftfield had stuck around for more than two albums, but for those yet to discover their eclectic and often thrilling sound, this all too brief but reflective career retrospective is a great place to start.
© Jon O'Brien /TiVo

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1
Release The Pressure (Vocal)
Leftfield
00:03:57

E. Daley, Composer - E. Daley, Lyricist - Leftfield, Vocal - S. Cheshire, Composer - S. Cheshire, Lyricist - Barnes, Lyricist - Barnes, Composer - P. Daley, Composer - P. Daley, Lyricist

(P) 1995 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

2
Afro Left (Remastered) (Album Version)
Leftfield
00:07:32

Djum Djum, Vocal - Djum Djum, Engineer - Adam Wren, Engineer - Leftfield, Producer - Leftfield, Performer - Leftfield, Mixing Engineer - Barnes, Lyricist - Barnes, Composer - Daley, Composer - Daley, Lyricist - Cole, Lyricist - Cole, Composer - Paul Simon, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Hard Hands under exclusive license to Sony Music UK Limited

3
Song Of Life (Album Version)
Leftfield
00:06:59

Ollie J, Engineer - Leftfield, Performer - Leftfield, Producer - Leftfield, Mixing Engineer - Rupkina, Composer - Rupkina, Lyricist - Barnes, Lyricist - Barnes, Composer - Daley, Composer - Daley, Lyricist - Paul Simon, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Hard Hands under exclusive license to Sony Music UK Limited

4
Original (Album Version)
Leftfield
00:04:07

Toni Halliday, Vocal - Adam Wren, Engineer - Halliday, Composer - Halliday, Lyricist - Leftfield, Producer - Leftfield, Performer - Leftfield, Mixing Engineer - Barnes, Lyricist - Barnes, Composer - Daley, Composer - Daley, Lyricist - Paul Simon, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2017 Hard Hands under exclusive license to Sony Music UK Limited

5
Storm 3000 (Remastered) (Album Version)
Leftfield
00:05:46

Leftfield, Performer - Leftfield, Producer - Leftfield, Mixing Engineer - Paul Solomons, Mastering Engineer - Barnes, Lyricist - Barnes, Composer - Daley, Composer - Daley, Lyricist - Joe Gibb, Engineer

(P) 2017 Hard Hands under exclusive license to Sony Music UK Limited

6
Open Up (Radio Edit)
Leftfield & John Lydon
00:03:47

Lydon, Composer - Lydon, Lyricist - Leftfield, Producer - Leftfield & John Lydon, Performer - John Lydon, Vocal - Daley, Composer - Daley, Lyricist - Barnes, Lyricist - Barnes, Composer

(P) 1993 Logic Records GmbH

7
Dusted (Album Version)
Leftfield
00:04:40

Paul Daley, Composer - Neil Barnes, Composer - Smith, Lyricist - Smith, Composer - Leftfield, Producer - Leftfield, Performer - Roots Manuva, Performer - Roots Manuva, Vocal - Barnes, Lyricist - Barnes, Composer - Adam Wren, Engineer - Daley, Composer - Daley, Lyricist - Paul Solomons, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1999 Hard Hands Ltd.

8
Phat Planet (Album Version)
Leftfield
00:05:22

Cheshire Cat, Vocal - Adam Wren, Engineer - Leftfield, Producer - Leftfield, Performer - Paul Solomons, Mastering Engineer - Barnes, Lyricist - Barnes, Composer - Daley, Composer - Daley, Lyricist

(P) 1999 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

9
Afrika Shox (Album Version)
Afrika Bambaataa
00:05:36

Adam Wren, Engineer - Leftfield, Producer - Leftfield, Performer - Paul Daley, Composer - Paul Daley, Lyricist - Paul Solomons, Mastering Engineer - Nick Rapaccioli, Producer - Nick Rapaccioli, Composer - Nick Rapaccioli, Lyricist - Neil Barnes, Composer - Neil Barnes, Lyricist - Afrika Bambaataa, Performer - Afrika Bambaataa, Composer - Afrika Bambaataa, Vocal - Afrika Bambaataa, Lyricist

(P) 1999 Hard Hands Ltd.

10
Not Forgotten (Hard Hands Remix)
Leftfield
00:07:37

Mat Clarke, Mixing Engineer - Mat Clarke, Producer - Leftfield, Performer - Neil Barnes, Composer - Neil Barnes, Mixing Engineer - Neil Barnes, Producer

(P) 1990 Rhythm King

11
A Final Hit
Leftfield
00:03:15

Adam Wren, Engineer - Leftfield, Performer - Leftfield, Producer - Leftfield, Mixing Engineer - Barnes, Lyricist - Barnes, Composer - Daley, Composer - Daley, Lyricist - Paul Simon, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1996 Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

12
Swords (Album Version)
Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators
00:05:07

Adam Wren, Engineer - Leftfield, Producer - Leftfield, Performer - Paul Daley, Composer - Paul Daley, Lyricist - Paul Solomons, Mastering Engineer - Nicole Willis, Vocal - Nicole Willis, Composer - Nicole Willis, Performer - Nicole Willis, Lyricist - Neil Barnes, Composer - Neil Barnes, Lyricist

(P) 1999 Hard Hands Ltd.

13
Shallow Grave
Leftfield
00:04:27

Leftfield, Performer - Leftfield, Producer - Paul Daley, Composer - Paul Daley, Lyricist - Neil Barnes, Composer - Neil Barnes, Lyricist

(P) 2005 Hard Hands Music

14
Snake Blood
Leftfield
00:05:38

Adam Wren, Engineer - Leftfield, Performer - Leftfield, Producer - Leftfield, Mixing Engineer - Barnes, Lyricist - Barnes, Composer - Daley, Composer - Daley, Lyricist - Paul Simon, Mastering Engineer

(P) 2000 Hard Hands Ltd.

15
More Than I Know
Leftfield
00:05:46

Leftfield, Performer - Barnes, Lyricist - Barnes, Composer

(P) 1990 Rhythm King

Album Description

Pioneers of the intelligent progressive house scene, London duo Neil Barnes and Paul Daley, aka Leftfield, were part of the group of '90s artists who made dance music that was impossible to dance to, which included Massive Attack, Tricky, and Portishead. Despite six Top 40 hits, a number one album, and two Mercury Music Prize nominations, their dark, brooding, and often menacing brand of alternative electronica hasn't really been greeted with the same reverence as their peers' work has been in the resulting decade which, without much fanfare, has seen them quietly go their separate ways in 2002. In 2005, this 15-track compilation -- which includes material from their two studio albums, 1995's Leftism and 1999's Rhythm and Stealth, plus their contributions to soundtracks for three Danny Boyle films, Trainspotting ("A Final Hit"), his directorial debut ("Shallow Grave"), and The Beach ("Snakeblood"), and two of their earliest tracks ("Not Forgotten," "More Than I Know") -- show that they undoubtedly deserve to be held in the same high regard. The big hitters will be most listeners' first starting points, and they still sound as fresh and revolutionary as they did ten years prior. Their most famous tune, "Phat Planet," which was used as the soundtrack to the award-winning Guinness Surfer ad, is perhaps one of the most hypnotic singles ever to grace the Top Ten, thanks to its rumbling basslines, pounding breakbeats, and industrial synths; "Open Up" is an irresistible slice of guitar-charged techno featuring vocals from the iconic John Lydon which are just as snarling and punk-fueled as they were in his Sex Pistols heyday; while "Original" is an ethereal piece of dubby trip-hop featuring the disengaged but haunting tones of Curve lead singer Toni Halliday. But with a diverse array of guest vocalists including hip-hop legend Afrika Bambaataa, Jamaican reggae artist Earl Sixteen, and British rapper Roots Manuva, the lesser-known material is just as pulsating. Whether it's the robotic electro of "Afrika Shox," the trippy drum‘n'bass of "Swords," the acid-house dancehall of "Release the Pressure," or the tribal trance of "Afroleft," the pair never fail to provide challenging and creative dance music which effortlessly weaves its way around the history of club culture. Final Hit: Greatest Hits leaves you wishing Leftfield had stuck around for more than two albums, but for those yet to discover their eclectic and often thrilling sound, this all too brief but reflective career retrospective is a great place to start.
© Jon O'Brien /TiVo

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