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Leftism

Leftfield

1995

Leftism

Album Summary

Leftism is the debut studio album by English electronic music duo Leftfield, released in 1995 on Columbia Records. It contained a mixture of new tracks along with reworked versions of previous Leftfield singles. The album contains guest spots from musicians not associated with dance music at the time such as John Lydon from Public Image Ltd. (and formerly of Sex Pistols) and Toni Halliday from Curve. The album was described as progressive house, although some journalists found that label too limiting, suggesting the album incorporated many genres. After completing the album, the duo initially were not pleased with it. On its release, the album was well received from the British press with positive reviews from the NME and Q. The album was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 1995 but lost to Portishead's Dummy. Leftism sold well and was released months later in the United States. Critics have praised the album as one of the major album-length works of dance music, with Q referring to it as "the first truly complete album experience to be created by house musicians and the first quintessentially British one".

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2.98

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4720

Genres

  • Electronica
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Mon Apr 05 2021
2

Background music from a PS2 racing game

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Tue Oct 06 2020
5

Stone cold drugs classic. Brings back hazy memories of being off my face

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Tue Jun 15 2021
5

Still listen to this album to this day. So many good tracks, doesn’t get repetitive and one of the best paced albums of all time. Release The Pressure and Inspection are dub classics, Original & Open Up are perfectly cast vocal tracks, top notch. Amazing on the dance floor and through headphones. Leftfield could never have bettered this.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

What a time to be alive, I imagine this was something like the rave generation's Revolver, except instead of the sitar it was ecstacy. Space Shanty is an absolute banger despite the tacky title track

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Sun May 09 2021
5

Great electronic album. Leftfield was a pioneer in this area in my opinion. The songs stand alone just fine, yet also support listening as a full work together. This album you can focus and zone out on anywhere and still enjoy it.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

I like a fair amount of electronic music from this era, particularly British electronic music, but I never listened to this one somehow. Although it is slightly more dancey than most of what I was listening to back then, this would've fit right in and been a treasured part of the musical landscape. As I think the best electronic music should be, it is a fun headphone ride. I also like all the different influences they incorporate. I gravitate more towards the slower tempo numbers.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Now this is more like it! Great album. Loved the mix of trance/rave/D&B/melodic. Space Shanty right up my street. 5/5

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

One of the strongest electronic albums I’ve heard. It pushes the boundaries of electronica even today. An essential album for any fan of the genre.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
5

I have massive affection for this album - one of the first electronic albums I properly got into after my nothing-but-metal phase. Love electronica that fuses world music into itself. Love an album that wanders over the genre map. Fave track - gotta be "Open Up", really, but love everything on here...

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Tue Aug 10 2021
5

Ahh. I cannot fully express how i felt when this appeared as my album of the day. I wasn't 100% sure it would be on the list, as it seems to go a bit under the radar for some reason. One of the most influential electronic albums ever. Here we have classics like "Release the Pressure", "Song of life", "Open Up", "Melt" and "Original". Done in a range of styles from dub to trance but mainly techno. Great vocals delivered from the guest vocalists, including - hold your breath - Johnny Rotten from Sex Pistols (on Open Up). This is a must listen for EVERYONE.

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Sun Oct 31 2021
5

Very very good indeed. Still a classic, with an almost constant maintenance of groove, while not ever being repetitive or tired. It felt innovative in 1995, but still bears up to repeated listening; a true classic of dance/dub mash. Top tracks: Inspection, Original

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Finally after 39 long albums Dickie gets his Trance/Rave album! And not just any Rave album. Its the lads that defined the fucking genre at its peak. This was so important they now have an area of Glastonbury named after them and both the chemical brothers and the prodigy (although the latter clearly weren't listening very hard) were influenced by them. I've never listened to the whole thing before and have some new headphones coming this afternoon. So will strap myself in, take some pills (paracetamol or rennie) and get my rave on! Unlike most of this genre- this has love, heart, and a purpose. It holds my attention throughout and is actually fucking interesting which is a major feat for dance music which is usually... well.... boring. Also that is some Album cover. I might buy it just so I can put it up my wall! Actually having checked the price of one of the most rare vinyls in music, maybe I won't. Highlights: 21st Century Poem & Storm 3000 4/5

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

An amazing melting pot of influences and genres. House, Trance, Dub, Tribal all blended together. Some gorgeous instrumental tracks combined with great vocal tracks, most notably the absolutely banging Open Up. Still sounds amazing today. Great album.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Chemical Brothers, take note! Finally, someone that can do house/trance/EDM without just looping the same refrain over and over and over and over. I really appreciate seeing an album on this list that isn't vocal-centric. There are vocal tracks that come and go, but beats, instruments, sounds and samples are what takes center stage. Each track has a solid foundation that carries throughout, but there is a diverse cast of musical characters that roams into, out of and through each. Likewise there is a flow and continuity to the entire album that makes the whole thing feel like a complete work of art. On the whole the album is equally enjoyable playing in the background or occupying your entire attention span. I'm really glad to have been introduced!

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

The EDM conundrum. How do I consider music that is essentially written for the clubs and belongs in the clubs? Especially when I am many decades removed from clubs to begin with. I knew a lot of this work from singles that were released before the full length. But this doesn't play like a collection of disparate singles. It holds together as a cohesive statement and is one of the best EDM releases of the 90s.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

i was not expecting such a cool album. so rarely have we had an album full of this amount and this level of cool. it's full of creative, unique sounds and not repetitive at all. there's a variety of softer and bouncy, fun songs. with the minimal vocals (and i like how not every track has vocals), the electronic music is the focus! according to the wikipedia article, this album was a pioneer in house music and i can't say i'm surprised. barnes and daley put together such a fun album. looking forward to listening to this more and more.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Happy to report that this is many times better than I remember it. By turns tribal, trancey, dubby, housey and ambient, ‘Leftism’ takes you on a journey, battering you into submission one minute, seducing you the next. It really hits the spot and doesn’t sound dated at all considering it’s almost 30 years old.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

It's hard to overestimate the significance of Leftism, roundly acknowledged upon its release in 1995 as the first truly complete album experience to be created by house musicians and the first quintessentially British one.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

I don't listen to much house (or just electronic music for that matter), so I can appreciate something new like this. The beats are nice, but the ambient parts get a bit hollow and generally drag out for me. I think a large part of this album is that it's meant to be played in a club setting. Lights, dancing, drinks, and socializing would all enhance the music! But in a vacuum, the music has problems keeping me engaged as a I sit here at my computer. Some standout tracks on here (Space Shanty gets especially good with that phaser/flanger. Daft Punk, anyone?), can't say I was into the whole album though.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
1

I definitely could have gone without hearing it before i die

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Sun Apr 11 2021
5

Its like being in a late night European dance club in a great way.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

Absolute banger

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Sun Nov 07 2021
5

Very cool early house album. Definitely some bumping tracks.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

I’ve never heard of this band but really enjoyed their music!

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

A bit of everything

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

This took me back! What a groundbreaking album this was. They were true techno pioneers.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

Wow…

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Never heard of it before!! Dope

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Has withstood the test of time

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Utter classic.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

What was that? Jamaican electronic dance music? It was great.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

Dit is top!

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

Good

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Again I don't have a chance to write my essay style review. This is an album I keep coming back to

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Fri May 28 2021
4

I really liked this one! Electronic albums aren't always my thing, but I appreciated the musical influences here, specifically the rock sounds throughout the record. I think I was initially thrown off a bit by the vocals, but it grew on me.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

cool album. never heard it before

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Tried like hell to find the theme from "Shallow Grave" only to discover it not on this record. Still, I believe it was this album that led me to enjoy Aphex Twin and Autechre as opposed to radio stuff like Fatboy Slim.

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Yeah, another good 90s 'classic' techno album. Pretty decent genre overall

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Nice rave. Brought me right back to club days.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Muy zapatilla pero mola

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Gestern schon geschrieben: aufgrund der für mich wirklich schrecklichen Single "Open Up" waren Leftfield bei mir durchs Raster gefallen - nachdem ich ihre früheren Tracks (gehört natürlich in der Steve Mason Experience auf BFBS) alle ziemlich super gefunden hatte. Dann noch ein komisches Cover, plötzlicher Popstar-Status und viel zu viel Konkurrenz auf dem Mark - zack, hat man sich das alles seit 26 Jahren nicht mehr angehört. Hat also einen schönen Time-Capsule-Effekt: dieses warme Acidgeblubber, die kitschen Trance-Flächen, die (UK represent!) immer wieder eingestreuten Breakbeats: man möchte direkt wieder auf die Loveparade! Ist sicher nicht Technos größter Wurf, wundere mich auch ein bisschen warum gerade die auf der Liste gelandet sind (vermutlich wegen Popstar-Status damals), aber macht auf jeden Fall Spaß. Voll verdiente 3,8!

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Beats technoid clubtauglicher als in Erinnerung - selbst zum Frühstück ein geiles Teil, das in einem Vierteljahrhundert nix an Sattheit verloren hat. Das Album hat für mich zwar keinerlei narrativen Wert , dafür sind die Einzelteile in der Auslage aber sehr hübsch anzuschauen. Funkelnde 4.1

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

8/10. Giving this the benefit of the doubt as I didn't get a very clear listen due to having my windows rolled down on the freeway to combat the lack of AC. What I could hear of it sounded pretty cool though, and I expect I'll come back to this later.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

a Groove Salad mainstay. good ambient beats.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

This is ace.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Not a top level belter for me but a belter nevertheless

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Honestly I'm a sucker for anything edm

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

After being real cool on much of the electronica served up to me so far, this one actually clicked. Seems like good study/coding music, but according to the reviews I'd be best off tripping face in a London warehouse.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Rather jolly!

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Erfrischender Genre-Wechsel, hätte nicht erwartet, dass mir das soo gut gefällt, bringt mich zum Tanzen.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

pretty good 4/5

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Tue May 11 2021
4

7

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

Quite fun electro, definitely enjoyed it.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

esta mas que aceptable y empieza muy bien se entiende lo transmitido pero no me llena del todo y de a ratos aburre

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Sat Jul 24 2021
4

Un álbum muy locochón, sí me dio un ambiente de raves a los que jamás asistiré, pero también de pronto tiene estas canciones más "tranquilas" que igual comparten como un estado de trance con las que se oyen más upbeat. Aunque todo me gustó, yo creo "Afro Left" y "Space Shanty" están entre mis favs del disco. 9/10

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Sat Jul 24 2021
4

Pues sí me gustó en general. Me parece que aunque ya existía el house y comenzaba el deep varios de los tracks de aqui se reflejan en el deep house, en el techno house y todas esas madres junkies que se presentaban hasta antes de la pandemia en el boiler room. Mis favs: Black flute y Space Shanty. Mood: Sí parecen de peli de Gaspar Noé.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Dope. A few good songs for a party playlist

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

Cool mix of house, techno, dub and triphop. Maybe too much techno for me to love though.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

J’aime ce genre de musique pour travailler et cet album ne fait pasexception. Quoi que beaucoup techno, koins de symth. 4

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

What a gorgeous album. Some of the best electronic music I've ever heard. The dance tracks are intoxicating and the slower tracks sumptuous and gorgeous. My only complaint...it's 15 minutes too long. 4.5 🌟

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Solid House album, more upbeat but not as good as Dummy by portishead IMO. Really with I could give 3.5. 4

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

pretty good beats

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Good grooves! Helps me focus on my work. Occasionally brought me to dancing without even trying.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

A great but gentle slab of sound. It has a shape, isn't exactly ambient, even in the house way. But it works well as a soundtrack for life, biorhythmic.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Yep, give me more!

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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

really laid back, cool record. One to listen to again

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Extremely influential and critically acclaimed album… easy to see why. I’m very familiar with this record and it’s aged brilliantly!

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

An album I wouldnt have given the time of day without this list. Glad I got to experience it

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

House isn't my favourite genre of EDM, but Leftism has sat amongst my other CDs since the early 2000s. A real yardstick for others to be measured. At 2 hours it is an epic to boot.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

I enjoyed it more than most EDM and it made a great station.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Ibiza cream classic, this was pretty great and a change from what I've been getting recently

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Love it raggamuffin

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Better than I though it would be and there were more singles that I knew than I though I would Certainly a trip down memory lane

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

nice house album, the album starts slow with some tribal african influences then it picks up midway to become a more club like house album

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

Helt nätt

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

Bang chillin

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

Great album of"Progressive House" (Prog House). Some great tracks I particularly liked Earl Daileys Vocals on "Release The Pressure" and Ol' Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) on "Open Up". Better side of Dance music here with some really creative tunes. Rightfully on the list in my opinion.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

This is really good

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

A pleasant surprise. The first few tracks I wasn't super into, but once the album really kicked in, I was totally into it. Very retro-futuristic. Not sure how much I enjoyed John Lydon's performance, but enjoyed the other performance. Favorite tracks: "Melt", "Song of Life", "Space Shanty", "Storm 3000"

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Afro left, Space shanty

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Cool

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Fun

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Well, this is a pleasant surprise.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Coole sounds. Zeer tof voor op de achtergrond. Begin van storm 3000 laat me wat aan een oscar and the wolf liedje denken.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

This grew on me. Some bangers on here even though it’s not my favourite genre.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Decent tunes, enjoyed the vocals too!

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Alright, it's a bop. I was nodding my head.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
4

I had no idea how well I would know this album. I’m not an aficionado when it comes to dance music so it must have just been via osmosis over the years. I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected, in particular the slower tracks, but overall it was great. Will listen again for definite.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
4

House progresivo. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
4

It took a bit for me to get into this album, but I really enjoyed it once I did. The music is best categorized as progressive house but frequently incorporates techno elements such as the four on the floor bass drum. There are some dub influences in here as well. The result is a great dance music that has a great sense of tension building and knowing when to drop the beat.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Fun techno, EDM album

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

not sure this ages well. Didn't hate it. Didn't get a chance to listen to all of it.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

Alright for what it was.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

This is much better now than it was in 1995 when every DJ was obsessed with how cool Leftfield were. It's pretty pleasant background music, I quite enjoyed it going on around me but never really got involved.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Cool ambient music. A little like Mickey Hart meets Rusted Root meets Daft Punk.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Not bad. Had some really cool techno songs in this album

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Not bad, I was coding and this was perfect for in the background. I'm sure there's some history here that's important but I typically don't get much out of typical house/techno unless it's live. I suppose 2.5 up to 3.

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Tue May 04 2021
3

Used to be great, but hasn’t aged that well.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

swear I’ve seen this album cover in my dreams. best songs are the 7 min ones. any longer + I woulda given it a 2.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
3

I honestly don’t really see how this one is so much different/better than the typical 90s electronica. I mean, it wasn’t bad, but I didn’t find it to be anything special.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Different but chill

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

Fine electronic album. My listening experience was decent because I was doing something while this album was on but even still it got somewhat annoying at times, especially with how long it is. 5

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Mon May 03 2021
3

3.5 pretty good

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Fri Jun 04 2021
3

6

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

fairly dated + simplistic 90s dance pop with some world music vibes. It's what I imagine the Blade movie soundtrack to be. At >1hr in length it's a bit of a marathon listen

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Enjoyed most of this, gets a bit too long for me to listen to this style but I still enjoyed plenty of it

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

This is much better now than it was in 1995 when every DJ was obsessed with how cool Leftfield were. It's pretty pleasant background music, I quite enjoyed it going on around me but never really got involved.

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Wed May 26 2021
3

I don't think I gave it a fair shake. I wasn't really in the mood for 90s rave music. Some songs hit harder than others. Space Shanty is def a bop

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

Decent 90s electronic music album. Some tracks are very good, and the vibe is sustained all through the record. I fell however, that jams at the start of the record are better, I could remember Afro Left, Release the Pressure and Original songs very well. The rest, well, not that impressive.

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Sat May 01 2021
3

It's house music. Not too intense though. Could be good music to have while trying to concentrate on something.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

Always have time for this album

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Thu May 20 2021
3

I get it. This is pretty chill. Still very weird to just like listen to casually

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

Some variety of beats, good energy for puttering around the house doing chores. More to sink my teeth into than some of the other electronica I've heard recently, but still tough to just sit down and take in.

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Sun May 16 2021
3

really really early dance/electro. Alright but it goes on forever (2 hours)!

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Good beats for film

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

Interessante para conhecer mais de tecno.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Funky and cool beats, but too many tracks take too long to pick up steam

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

3.3 - I worried initially that this would be another uniquely British album selection on this Euro- and British-centric list. And in this case, my suspicions turned out to be true. While there are some great moments that transcend 1995, especially in the beginning ("Afro Left"), it overall sounds like what you might hear at some tired airport bar.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
3

Not bad, I enjoyed it playing in the background during work. But I also didn't enjoy it enough to think of it as more than background music.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

3/5

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Tue Aug 17 2021
3

Decent electronic album. Good background music. Not my favorite genre, but it was enjoyable, but not memorable at all.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

Had no idea what to expect here. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

Some good tracks but nothing stand out

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

It's a slower, softer and lighter electronic album. Compared with other album releases during that time. (6/10) FT: Original, Release The Pressure

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

De laatste dagen gaan we goed. Niet alleen maar ouwe rock of britpop. Leftfield kende ik alleen van naam. Ik ga dat verder onderzoeken.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

Went in to this with super low expectations. EDM usually bores me (unless I’m plastered) but this was refreshingly interesting - most of the time. Pretty cool they got Johnny Rotten for “Open Up”. Fun beats - I might even listen to this again Fave tracks: “Release the Pressure” “Space Shanty” “Open Up”

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

In the middle.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

It’s fine. I don’t listen to a lot of electronic music but when I do this is the type I like, stuff I can bob my head to. May get played again when in the right mood.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

I like the dance stuff more then the atmospheric stuff. Kind of a background record.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Atmospheric and electronic

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

I liked this. Another Euro house album, though I enjoyed it quite a bit more than the "jungle" ones we've had. A handful of infectious beats that I'll enjoy returning to. Nothing spectacular but I like this. Favorite tracks: Afro Left, Song of Life, Inspection, Release the Pressure. Album art: A shark's jaw over a camera lens? Not sure I understand this, but at least it's kinda cool to look at. 3.5/5

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

very interesting album, electronic but older, with words. Some interesting beats, but nothing that wowed me. I'm sure someone would say these songs laid the groundwork for future electronic music but it felt a tad basic. I do like the album cover though!

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

Enjoyed this album… get lots of work done in the office

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Mon Feb 28 2022
3

I do a lot of house dancing so I'm very familiar with the genre. This is fine music but there is way better house stuff out there.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
3

interesante electrónica noventosa. al menos entre un tema y el otro algo variaba. una linda propuesta.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
3

Never heard of them before but I enjoyed it. While dance music you can still listen as background. I liked the ambient stuff a bit more.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Hi: Storm 3000, Open Up Lo: Afro Left, Song of Life, Inspection This is a pretty influential dance/trance/industrial/jungle album, I've definitely heard many of these tracks and synth patches in passing and DJ sets, but never really know what I was hearing. Most of this is pretty good music for the code zone, or just for...relaxation. What sours it for me is something I dislike about a lot of this type of EDM: I call it "jungle jabber"...It just grates on me. The instrumental tracks are pretty good and feel pretty at home next to some Front Line Assembly, Prodigy, VNV Nation, KLF, or even the Matrix soundtrack.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

I understand the appeal, but it didn’t grab me, and it was far too long to stick with

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Fri May 06 2022
3

Rave album

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Sun May 15 2022
3

3.5/5

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Okay

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

Reasonable mid 90s dubby electronic dance/trance music. I recognised a few of the singles and more famous tracks, but found it less interesting than Orbital or Chemical Brothers.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

first listen pretty sleepy

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Wed Jun 22 2022
3

Some good chunes on here yeah

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

Loved hearing an electronic dance music from the 90s. Cool to see how things have progressed.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

J'ai d'abord cru que cet album était l'oeuvre de Moby sous un nom d'emprunt. Pour vérifier ma théorie, j'ai procédé de la sorte: - Je me suis rendu à Londres, dans les quartiers du groupe Leftfield - Je me suis équipé de mon déguisement d'Eminem - J'ai poussé la porte de leur studio, en poussant un cri strident Malheuresement, aucune réaction d'effroi ne me parvint de la part des deux membres du groupe Leftfield, ce qui contredit donc ma théorie.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
3

À l'instar d'eltrapeze, j'ai d'abord pensé que derrière l'artiste Leftfield se cachait le crâne chauve et luisant de Moby. Mon compagnon d'écoute ayant découvert qu'il s'agissait bel et bien de deux artistes différents grâce à l'usage d'un déguisement d'Eminem, j'empruntai cedit déguisement pour aller voir Moby directement et lui provoquer la peur de sa vie à des fins de pur divertissement. Je toquai donc à sa porte avec l'apparence de son traumatisme et notre ami dégarni sursauta comme attendu lorsqu'il m'aperçut. Encore une belle satisfaction.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Probably revolutionary at its time; an enjoyable, but somewhat pedestrian sounding electronic record today.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
3

franchement bien, plein de styles techno différents, vachement en avance sur son temps on dirait. ptit côté infected mushroom ?

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Honestly not a bad electronic album. I'm usually pretty harsh with these because there a high bar to cross for me to enjoy listening to one of these outside of the context of being inebriated and in a large crowd of people dancing. But I enjoyed this one at work and could see myself listening to it in other contexts

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

I found this album to be enjoyable enough, but a lot of the songs drew on a bit longer than I think they needed to. The lengths allowed each track to become a bit repetitive and boring. That aside, the music itself is creative and still holds fairly well, all this time later! If this is really a birthplace for EDM and house music, they really got things right here. I loved the various eastern and new age influences throughout the tracks. Both styles have become prolifically woven into EDM and house music over the years, and if Leftfield is also responsible for that, then they deserve even more brownie points. I do think Release the Pressure and Open Up did a lot of the heavy lifting on the album. While everything was decent; these two tracks are the only real memorable "bangers".

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Enjoyed it a lot! X

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Solid cohesive trance album. Impressive that this was released in 1995. Ahead of its time I’d say.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Dark, brooding electronica... felt like it was bubbling and simmering but then never quite came fully to the boil.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

The singing on this album brought this from a 4 to a 3 for me. Without the singing, this album has held up surprisingly well. While I can tell it’s mid-90s electronica (a pretty defined sound), I thought it only barely sounded dated. I wouldn’t listen to this again but not bad. Not bad at all.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

It sounded like lofi study music meets The Matrix. Not bad, but not memorable.

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Wed Nov 11 2020
2

Interesting, but not my type

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

4.5/10 Atmospheric but a bit passive for my taste, impressive sounding but yeah, left something missing for me

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Sat May 29 2021
2

Meh

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Kind of sounds like video game music, some of it is great ambient beats, other stuff is very clubby. Would be good workout music!

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Mon Apr 12 2021
2

false

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

This was ok, didn't much for me. A bit turned off by the house music aspects of it.

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Wed May 26 2021
2

Another house/electro whatever album... I find myself nodding along to this. Saved a few songs. Not as much of a fan when the vocals come in, but I get why people like this. Didn't do it for me as much as the Fatboy Slim album... feels less cohesive and a little more like a 90s movie. But still kind of pumped I'm getting exposed to this kind of music. 2.5

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Fri Feb 19 2021
2

yuck, blech

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

respect to their work, but not good in our age, i can imagine some hippies banging to it

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Mon Jun 28 2021
2

4.5

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Sun Mar 14 2021
2

Good background music, probably wouldn’t listen to listen though

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Thu May 20 2021
2

90's UK dance/electronic. The back end of the record is so much stronger than the front. BT: Space Shanty, Inspection (Check One), Open Up

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Wed Feb 24 2021
2

Not for me

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Sat Jun 05 2021
2

I’ve said before that I’m not super into EDM. Maybe this is good, I don’t know, but it’s not for me.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
2

Nao eh ruim, eh soh eletronicazera que deve ter bombado na epoca mas que eh commonplace hoje em dia.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
2

Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Afro Left, Inspection (Check One), Open Up Cutting Edge: Space Shanty, Storm 3000 Overall Notes: Super influential electronic that gives off Fatboy Slim vibes but with the world music meter turned up. It's fine, but nothing earth shattering for me personally.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
2

Well this came out of left field

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Mon Mar 22 2021
2

Fine metody without emotional value. I Canon absolutely listen the music, it just doesn't hit me by my heart.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
2

Kinda boring and repetitive. Sounded like spy techno music you hear at laser tag places.

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Mon May 03 2021
2

Zu elektronisch.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Questa è musica che invecchia malissimo, ad oggi sembra quella che mettono di sottofondo nei plugin crackati. Gli do 2 perché tornando da una cena dopo una bottiglia di vino alcuni pezzi mi cullavano.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Original: La tipa che canta su questo pezzo non so perché mi ricorda la cantante dei Broadcast. In Conclusione: L'house non è un genere che mediamente apprezzo poco (anche un po' perché mi è rimasto il pregiudizio dalle superiori). In ogni caso questo album ha anche qualche trovata interessante a livello di suono tipo i synth con le formanti e in generale, anche se non mi piacciono i pattern di batteria che usa la house, certe cose ritmiche sopra sono carine. Detto questo però l'ho trovato comunque abbastanza vuoto di contenuti, come sottofondo è piacevole e magari pure da ballare se sei millenial ma non lo risentirò.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

Better than I was expecting for electronica. Enjoyed Space Shanty.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Ho ascoltato le 11 tracce presenti nella release originale. Perché poi nelle successive sono state aggiunte altre tracce e b-sides per un totale di due ore d'ascolto (album su Spotify), e io vi voglio bene ma.. no. Comunque è stato un bel tuffo negli anni '90, ho pensato alle sale giochi, a Mortal Kombat e alle macchine a scontro. Musicalmente non lo so. Non capisco, ci sono anche idee carine e moderne, ma la maggior parte delle volte vengono offuscate da questo sound anni '90.. per carità quello è il periodo suo. Concludendo, non mi ha fatto schifo ma non penso che lo riascolterò.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
2

Not sure what it was, not for me

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

Meh, wasn't into it.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

It feels like I stepped into a sci-fi movie. And I'm not quite sure if I like it. 2/5 stars.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

I've never heard of this before but my gut instinct tells me it's electro, probably UK, probably goes for way too long. lol nailed it, got all 3. This shit is boring. Just sounds exactly like you'd expect, for OVER AN HOUR. fuck off. Did listen to the whole thing, though. I think it actively lowered my blood pressure, so it gets a point or two for that. 2/5.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
2

2.9

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Sat Sep 11 2021
2

EDM falls under the umbrella of functional music, along with movie soundtracks and Muzak, music meant to accompany an experience, like dancing in a club, watching a movie, or going to the airport. Nothing wrong with that, but by it's very nature, functional music is not usually meant for close listening. There are exceptions of course. Mouse on Mars or We come to mind in the realm of EDM, the works of Ennio Morricone or Jerry Goldsmith in film music, or Brian Eno's Music for Airports in ambient, the latter which has since blossomed into a full-blown genre divorced from its original function. Come to think of it, Mouse on Mars or We are categorized as IDM (Intelligent Dance Music), which can be read as an acknowledgement of the brainlessness of most dance music. Which leads us to Leftism. As usual, simplistic jackhammer beats overwhelm the music, although there is a patina of style and atmosphere laid over the tracks. I appreciate the eclecticism of including dub, reggae, and Johnny Rotten on these tracks, and there is some taste in the production (few cringe-inducing synth patches), but not enough to overcome the inherent limitations of the material, as explained above. I can imagine half paying attention to the musical content while dancing in a club with hundreds of other people and being okay with it, which is kind of a half-hearted endorsement. There's nothing here which is truly offensive, but as a standalone musical experience? Get me outta here!

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

House album so tracks are long. And its house music from the mid 90s, so it all feels like the backing tracks to the club scene from blade. The best parts of the album are when it leans into its afro inspired samples, but these beats just sound dated and stale. I am sure at the time this shit was ground breaking but now its just dull. very dull

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Wed Oct 20 2021
2

This may be the most meh album I've ever listened to. I have no opinion of it. Like no part of it was good or bad. It just was. It's like something that would be playing quietly in the background for the sole purpose of making sure people weren't sitting in silence, handcuffed to their thoughts.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
2

1.5 | Me extraña, estando incluso de ánimo para música electrónica simplemente no cuajó. Se siente como que la música del disco se divide en tres clases... 1.Música electrónica que ponen en club para bailar, 2.Música que tiene un poquito de ambición y trata de hacer una canción o de ser algo más tipo ambiental cercano a Brian Eno o 3.Música de promo de MTV de finales de los 90s con unos gráficos abstractos de cubitos por computadora. La verdad es que el tipo 2 no es terrible, aunque tampoco se acerca a algo brillante, el tipo 1 no se me hizo tan bien hecho y el tipo 3 simplemente suena a eso, música utilitaria que debería de estar de fondo sin ser el centro de atención. Decía por ahí que este era "el primer disco de música electrónica que se consideraba un álbum completo" o algo a ese efecto, lo cual aparte de que se me hace una exageración y algo bastante erróneo por el lado histórico (creo que hay muchos discos de música electrónica con mucho más valor y peso como obras completas de muchos años antes de este), tampoco se me hace tan cierto del lado artístico. No siento cohesión, no siento línea, siento algunas canciones decentes y otras que se quedan a la mitad. Lo subo al 2 solo porque en serio andaba hasta de humor para música electrónica pero no, simplemente no me hizo nada de clic.

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Sat Nov 13 2021
2

This is what neo from the matrix would listen to. Kinda cool though

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Mon Nov 22 2021
2

Started off alright. Very long and repetitive songs. Really dragged along.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
2

Not bad but a bit too long and nothing amazing IMO

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Mon Dec 06 2021
2

Not a big fan of electronic.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

Dance is nooi helemaal mijn ding geweest. En zo tijdens het werk luisteren voelt toch iets te onrustig.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

Ik begon vol goede moed, maar het was toch niet echt heel lang boeiend.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

Samen met mijn dochter geluisterd. helaas waren we er na een paar liedjes wel klaar mee. Soms zeiden we: "dit is best wel aardig/lekker..."

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

Not right

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

All very samey. High points are very decent but overall it bored me a tad.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

Not really my thing

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Sun Dec 19 2021
2

If you want your drive to feel like a PSX game, then this is your album.

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