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London, United Kingdom (1989 – 2002, 2010 – present)

Leftfield are an band formed in 1989 in London, United Kingdom. From 1989 to 2002, Leftfield was a duo of artists and record producers that consisted of Neil Barnes and Paul Daley. In January 2010, Barnes resurrected the band name and Daley has declined to be involved. They are pioneers in the fields of and , being among the first to fuse music with and .

As with many of their contemporaries such as The Chemical Brothers and Underworld, Leftfield pioneered the use of guest vocalists throughout their career. Among the more prominent were Toni Halliday (of Curve), who sang on “Original”, Djum Djum on “Afro-Left” and Earl 16 and Cheshire Cat on “Release the Pressure”.

Neil Barnes’ entry into the music world was as a DJ at The Wag Club while simultaneously playing percussion instruments. Around 1989, inspired by Afrika Bambaata, Barnes decided to try his hand at electronic music production. In 1990, he released the single “Not Forgotten” on the Rhythm King label. It was followed by “More Than I Know” in 1991.

For the remixes of these tracks, Barnes called upon Paul Daley, then a hairdresser, but also in A Man Called Adam and a formerly a session musician for the Brand New Heavies and Primal Scream, appearing on their Dixie Narco EP. Barnes and Daley had previously worked together as percussionists at The Sandals’ first club, Violets.


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  • imx4n

    Cheers for the link, PoeticViolence. That was a great read.

    5 Dec 3:15am Reply
  • PoeticViolence Question: What is the state of play with all things Leftfield? Neil Barnes' answer: "The state of play is that I’m finishing a new album."

    12 Nov 6:11pm Reply
  • imx4n

    d00shan: Because some people scrobble it as ”Afro Left” while others scrobble it as ”Afro-Left”. If you check out the complete list for the last six months you’ll see that they’re 17th and 18th respectively.

    13 Oct 8:27pm Reply
  • The_Star_Rover

    El Cid

    17 Jun 12:07am Reply
  • d00shan

    Afro-Left is not in top 15?

    15 Jun 4:35pm Reply
  • British_Viking

    Just listened to Leftism for the first time. Thoroughly awesome album!

    21 Feb 11:44pm Reply
  • senorblanco

    Leftism personifies 1995! Love it!

    13 Feb 12:16am Reply
  • BreakfastPills

    New Leftfield album? Rumor? I'm nervous. o_O

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Simon1987

    Z U L U N A T I O N

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • naustro

    Everyone I know compares me t you guys for some reason. New to had to check you out. props.

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
  • jimmyjo-mc

    I haven't listened to these guys via online much, and others from the same era, because sticking on vinyl or even a cd still can't be argued with.

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • jimmyjo-mc

    Still outstanding to listen too... Artists these days (and in the future) have very big boots to fill!

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Ślaska dla fanów Leftfield

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • BreakfastPills

    Featured in Vanilla Sky! And Wipeout! And Beast Machines!!!

    5 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Daxxe

    Melt & Dusted <3

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • liquorstore

    Leftism is an absolute classic.

    19 Oct 2012 Reply
  • spencer_henry

    James Letfield.

    12 Oct 2012 Reply
  • alin1

    Some days ago, Neil Barnes said on the official Leftfield Facebook page that Paul Daley is no longer member of the band. Daley also wasn't involved in the recent reunion tour that started in 2010. Barnes also said he's working on a new Leftfield album!

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
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    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • BreakfastPills

    The greatest thing to ever existence in the entire universe. This can be proves using the scientific method.

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
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