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Leftfield - Leftism
(05/07/2003)


Genre: Techno

I’m sorry for the ninety-five percent of you that have already had the pleasure of purchasing/downloading this insanely fantastic album, but if we’re going to be thorough, then I might as well start with what’s passed us by, right?

This album comes all the way back from 1995, though age has only served to confirm this album’s timeless influence over every single aspect of modern club music.

No, not really. The truth is, I really have no “big picture” of all the intricate workings and influences between artists and fans in any scene, really. But that’s okay, right? You don’t want to know what this album has done; you just want to know if it sounds good.

So, anyways, back to the album. It is completely, totally worthy of the praise it still receives today. I don’t know what kind of impact it’s had on the “world music scene,” and all that, but I do know that it is in my CD player on a consistent basis, contending heavily with the Chemical Brothers and Hybrid.

African. That word alone describes this entire album. The one sound that pervades this album from beginning to end that is most evident is African, whether it is the voices or the rhythms. This album borrows heavily and directly from the African musical tradition, both in terms of physical instruments and musical patterns and devices.

“Well, Luke, that’s great, but how does sounding African make a CD great?” The answer is: yes, having a foreign sound automatically gives the group “artistic integrity” and makes Luke 100% happy! Hah! Of course I’m being silly, silly! In all seriousness, this aspect of the sound certainly forms an integral part of the CD, without which would be very different, and probably not nearly as good.

More description of the album’s sound? Well, obviously, it sounds like dance. More specifically, club. More specifically, African-sounding club from England that is really, really good and beyond Luke’s meager lingual abilities with which he pretends be a review writer. Highlights of the album, for me, are “Release the Pressure,” “Song of Life,” “Space Shanty,” “Inspection (Check One),” “Storm 3000,” “Open Up,” and “21st Century Poem.” Notice how this is all but four songs. The rest of which, along with material of equal caliber, would make an excellent album unto itself.

I give Leftfield’s “Leftism” a five out of five. If you don’t have it, buy it. Now.

Cool Hand Luke gives Leftfield's "Leftism"

Five Cigarettes. This means it's totally freaking awesome.

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