Rhythm and Stealth

Hard Hands/Columbia
Release date
20 Sep 1999
Running length
17 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Leftfield - Dusted 4:41 76,676
1 Leftfield;Roots Manuva - Dusted 4:41 5,420
2 Leftfield - Phat Planet 5:21 104,948
3 Leftfield;Cheshire Cat - Chant of a Poor Man 5:56 2,634
3 Leftfield - Chant of a Poor Man 5:56 60,067
4 Leftfield - Double Flash 4:12 43,203
5 Leftfield - El Cid 6:48 52,603
6 Leftfield - Afrika Shox 8:01 96,242
6 Leftfield;Afrika Bambaataa - Afrika Shox 5:37 5,069
6 Leftfield/Bambaataa - Afrika Shox 5:36 365
7 Leftfield - Dub Gussett 4:51 48,214
8 Leftfield;Nicole Willis - Swords 5:06 3,976
8 Leftfield - Swords 7:15 61,720
9 Leftfield - 6/8 War 4:12 29,019
10 Leftfield;Rino - Rino's Prayer 6:55 2,223
10 Leftfield - Rino's Prayer 6:48 24,233
11 Leftfield - Phat Planet (Version 2) 4:03 1,157

About this album

Rhythm and Stealth is an album by Leftfield released on 20 September 1999. It was the follow up to 1995’s Leftism. The album reached #1 in the UK album chart. It was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2000 but lost out to Badly Drawn Boy’s The Hour of Bewilderbeast.

Rhythm and Stealth had a notably harsher underlying beat than its predecessor with songs such as “Phat Planet” and “Afrika Shox” being much darker than those on the previous album. The album is best known amongst the British public for the song “Phat Planet” which featured on Guinness’ 1999 advert Surfer, yet the song was never released as a single. The best selling single from the album was “Afrika Shox” featuring Afrika Bambaataa which peaked at #7 in the UK singles chart. The album was released on CD, Cassette, Double-LP, Quintuple 10” box set and MiniDisc. “Double Flash” was also one of the songs that was remixed into the European release of MTV Music Generator, known as Music 2000.

The Album was re-released on 29th May 2000 with a bonus disk of remixed versions which was also released as an album on its own, Stealth Remixes.

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  • Quantum_Satis

    Good abum & Excellent cover

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Hendu125

    Found this in a thrift store today, I'm loving El Cid and Swords!

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Kecksohn

    better than Leftism imo. Also El Cid gets way too few praise.

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • FCA19795

    Somewhere in this house is my CD. I need to find it and transfer some songs to the MP3 player. It's rare to find good music like this theses days.

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • debux

    Every time I stumble back upon this album, and I think "Wow, this album was made thirteen years ago". I just can't convince myself.

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
  • master-pony

    this album is timeless

    16 Jan 2012 Reply
  • automat3000

    In its day, Leftism was the better album imo. It doesn't hold up today though. It sounds dated now. Rhythm & Stealth could have been made yesterday.

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • mishkin81

    I agree with all the opinions putting this one highier than Leftism. Their first album is a brakethrough and is revolutionary but this one is pure masterpiece. As galbi said : no weak tracks. Rhythm and Stealth is just..sharp as sharpest razorblade.

    17 Aug 2011 Reply
  • galbi

    Way better than Leftism, and probably my favourite electronic album ever. No weak tracks, pure gold from start to finish.

    31 Mar 2011 Reply
  • benharris16

    Takes a while to get into it but it's a very good album. Not on the same level as Leftism albeit, but it has some kill tracks such as Dusted, Phat Planet, Chant of a Poor Man, Rino's Prayer etc. Not as bad as some people say, but i guess after Leftism it's a hard act to follow. If it was from anyone else it would have been critically reviewed very well.

    5 Dec 2010 Reply
  • MrMushroom123

    ...especially with tracks like chant of a poor man (this bassline still kills me) and swords mmmhh...

    9 Sep 2010 Reply
  • magnokor

    swords is by far the best song created. i wish there were an extended version ... about 7 or 8 hours long would do...

    7 Sep 2010 Reply
  • jeff071

    Yes, this is one of the most head crushing, sleekest electronic album I own. Easily in my top ten of all time.

    2 Feb 2010 Reply
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  • jeff071

    Better than Leftism.

    3 May 2009 Reply
  • Terrasidius

    Definately 'ultragroove. An absolute electronica classic.

    2 May 2009 Reply
  • ultragroove

    this album is a must. it's one of the best and releases in electronic music so far.

    4 Feb 2009 Reply
  • dare2wo

    nice album, uplifting good production,sweet breaks and melodies.nice mix of elements......... DO YOU LIKE UPFRONT MUSIC THAT YA MATES AINT GOT YET ???? LISTEN TO DARE 2 FOR MORE OF THE SAME ...THANKS ...PEACE AND LOVE...... DO YOU DARE 2 ?................................................................WELL DO YA ?

    7 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Intequel

    Great album! I guess it's inderrated, but that's mostly because Leftism in probably the best album ever. This one is "only" really good.

    30 Nov 2008 Reply
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