Leftfield credited with the birth of progressive house music (Created February 20, 2013)
Said to be responsible for the birth of progressive house music, Paul Daley and Neil Barnes formed the British electronic band Leftfield in 1989. From the launch of their debut album, "Leftism," the duo cemented their reputation for a fusion of house with dub and reggae, use of guest vocalists and for creating classic, intelligent dance music.
By the summer of 1996, you couldn't go anywhere in the UK without hearing about the men who would be called "the single most influential production team" working in Britain. Indeed, "Leftism" was hailed as a defining project in the industry, selling more than half a million copies in the UK alone. It brought together sounds from other genres (reggae toaster Earl Sixteen and gothic torch singer Toni Halliday), and ultimately ended up voted the 80th greatest album of all time in a Q magazine poll, and number 34 in a list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.
Leftfield's second and final album, "Rhythm and Stealth," came some four years later and maintained a similar style. It featured Roots Manuva, Afrika Bambaataa, and MC Cheshire Cat and reached the top of the UK Albums Chart. The album was called 'futuristic,' 'creative' and 'forceful.' Still, the duo found the celebrity difficult to deal with and ultimately split to focus on solo projects.
In January 2010, Barnes resurrected the band name and began touring again. He is now said to be writing material for a third album, though Daley has declined to be involved.
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