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Rhythm and Stealth

Leftfield

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Perhaps wishing to move from progressive-house flagwavers to trip-hop super-producers on a par with Massive Attack, Leftfield returned after almost five years of silence with a set of blunted trip-hop jams, stoned to say the least -- though glimmers of their house background do show through. Aside from a few uptempo stormers ("Double Flash," "Swords") reminiscent of a slightly less frenetic Jeff Mills, house fans looking for anthems worthy of "Not Forgotten" might be disappointed. The grooves on Rhythm and Stealth are a bit too languid and the productions a bit too intricate for dancefloor consumption. The one track that might make fans yearn for the heady days of 1993, "El Cid," begins with the ephemeral synth for which Leftfield has been known, but soon moves into breakbeat territory. Hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa makes an appearance on the excellent "Afrika Shox," taking the mic on a brutal electro throwdown. As Rhythm and Stealth shows time and time again, it's definitely not 1993 anymore, and Leftfield has moved on with a grace and mastery of production seldom seen in the dance world.
© John Bush /TiVo

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1
Dusted (Album Version)
Leftfield
00:04:41

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.

2
Phat Planet (Album Version)
Leftfield
00:05:23

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

3
Chant of a Poor Man (Album Version)
Cheshire Cat
00:05:55

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

(P) 1999 Hard Hands Ltd.

4
Double Flash (Album Version)
Leftfield
00:04:12

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

(P) 1999 Hard Hands Ltd.

5
El Cid (Album Version)
Leftfield
00:06:01

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

(P) 1999 Hard Hands Ltd.

6
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.

7
Dub Gussett (Album Version)
Leftfield
00:04:51

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

(P) 1999 Hard Hands Ltd.

8
Swords (Album Version)
Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators
00:05:06

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.

9
6/8 War (Album Version)
Leftfield
00:04:12

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

(P) 1999 Hard Hands Ltd. under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.

10
Rino's Prayer (Album Version)
Leftfield
00:06:55

Della Volpe, Composer - Della Volpe, Lyricist - Rino, Vocal - Rino, Performer - Adam Wren, Engineer - Leftfield, Producer - Leftfield, Performer - Paul Daley, Composer - Paul Daley, Lyricist - Paul Solomons, Mastering Engineer - Neil Barnes, Composer - Neil Barnes, Lyricist

(P) 1999 Hard Hands Ltd.

Album Description

Perhaps wishing to move from progressive-house flagwavers to trip-hop super-producers on a par with Massive Attack, Leftfield returned after almost five years of silence with a set of blunted trip-hop jams, stoned to say the least -- though glimmers of their house background do show through. Aside from a few uptempo stormers ("Double Flash," "Swords") reminiscent of a slightly less frenetic Jeff Mills, house fans looking for anthems worthy of "Not Forgotten" might be disappointed. The grooves on Rhythm and Stealth are a bit too languid and the productions a bit too intricate for dancefloor consumption. The one track that might make fans yearn for the heady days of 1993, "El Cid," begins with the ephemeral synth for which Leftfield has been known, but soon moves into breakbeat territory. Hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa makes an appearance on the excellent "Afrika Shox," taking the mic on a brutal electro throwdown. As Rhythm and Stealth shows time and time again, it's definitely not 1993 anymore, and Leftfield has moved on with a grace and mastery of production seldom seen in the dance world.
© John Bush /TiVo

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