Stone cold drugs classic. Brings back hazy memories of being off my face
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Background music from a PS2 racing game
I definitely could have gone without hearing it before i die
Its like being in a late night European dance club in a great way.
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...
Very cool early house album. Definitely some bumping tracks.
I’ve never heard of this band but really enjoyed their music!
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.
cool album. never heard it before
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.
Yeah, another good 90s 'classic' techno album. Pretty decent genre overall
Nice rave. Brought me right back to club days.
Muy zapatilla pero mola
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!
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
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.
a Groove Salad mainstay. good ambient beats.
This is ace.
Not a top level belter for me but a belter nevertheless
Honestly I'm a sucker for anything edm
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.
Erfrischender Genre-Wechsel, hätte nicht erwartet, dass mir das soo gut gefällt, bringt mich zum Tanzen.
pretty good 4/5
Quite fun electro, definitely enjoyed it.
esta mas que aceptable y empieza muy bien se entiende lo transmitido pero no me llena del todo y de a ratos aburre
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
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.
Dope. A few good songs for a party playlist
Cool mix of house, techno, dub and triphop. Maybe too much techno for me to love though.
J’aime ce genre de musique pour travailler et cet album ne fait pasexception. Quoi que beaucoup techno, koins de symth. 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 🌟
Solid House album, more upbeat but not as good as Dummy by portishead IMO. Really with I could give 3.5. 4
pretty good beats
Good grooves! Helps me focus on my work. Occasionally brought me to dancing without even trying.
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.
Yep, give me more!
really laid back, cool record. One to listen to again
not sure this ages well. Didn't hate it. Didn't get a chance to listen to all of it.
Alright for what it was.
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.
Cool ambient music. A little like Mickey Hart meets Rusted Root meets Daft Punk.
Not bad. Had some really cool techno songs in this album
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.
Used to be great, but hasn’t aged that well.
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.
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.
Different but chill
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
3.5 pretty good
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
Enjoyed most of this, gets a bit too long for me to listen to this style but I still enjoyed plenty of it
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.
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.
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
It's house music. Not too intense though. Could be good music to have while trying to concentrate on something.
Always have time for this album
I get it. This is pretty chill. Still very weird to just like listen to casually
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.
really really early dance/electro. Alright but it goes on forever (2 hours)!
Good beats for film
Interessante para conhecer mais de tecno.
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.
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.
Decent electronic album. Good background music. Not my favorite genre, but it was enjoyable, but not memorable at all.
Had no idea what to expect here. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Some good tracks but nothing stand out
It's a slower, softer and lighter electronic album. Compared with other album releases during that time. (6/10) FT: Original, Release The Pressure
De laatste dagen gaan we goed. Niet alleen maar ouwe rock of britpop. Leftfield kende ik alleen van naam. Ik ga dat verder onderzoeken.
In the middle.
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.
I like the dance stuff more then the atmospheric stuff. Kind of a background record.
Interesting, but not my type
4.5/10 Atmospheric but a bit passive for my taste, impressive sounding but yeah, left something missing for me
Kind of sounds like video game music, some of it is great ambient beats, other stuff is very clubby. Would be good workout music!
This was ok, didn't much for me. A bit turned off by the house music aspects of it.
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
respect to their work, but not good in our age, i can imagine some hippies banging to it
Good background music, probably wouldn’t listen to listen though
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
Not for me
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.
Nao eh ruim, eh soh eletronicazera que deve ter bombado na epoca mas que eh commonplace hoje em dia.
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.
Well this came out of left field
Fine metody without emotional value. I Canon absolutely listen the music, it just doesn't hit me by my heart.
Kinda boring and repetitive. Sounded like spy techno music you hear at laser tag places.
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.
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.
Better than I was expecting for electronica. Enjoyed Space Shanty.
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.
Not sure what it was, not for me
Meh, wasn't into it.
It feels like I stepped into a sci-fi movie. And I'm not quite sure if I like it. 2/5 stars.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
This is what neo from the matrix would listen to. Kinda cool though
Started off alright. Very long and repetitive songs. Really dragged along.
Not bad but a bit too long and nothing amazing IMO
Not a big fan of electronic.
Dance is nooi helemaal mijn ding geweest. En zo tijdens het werk luisteren voelt toch iets te onrustig.
Ik begon vol goede moed, maar het was toch niet echt heel lang boeiend.
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..."
Not really my thing
If you want your drive to feel like a PSX game, then this is your album.
The only album so far I could not get through, not coz it tested my patience but I know this is so not my jam very tropical and bouncy electronic music. Sure some people will love and I do appreciate the array of sounds they use in the songs I heard but this is my personal rating and I have tried but I cannot open up to this sound 1.5/5
He escuchado mil veces este nombre de grupo como referencia de música electrónica pero creo que nunca los había escuchado. A pesar de gustarme el IDM o el Ambient esto no termina de interesarme mucho. En mi opinión este disco no es imprescindible y creo que ha envejecido muy mal.
More electronic garbage. 1/10.
Wasn’t a fan of this at all.
WHAT THE FUCK
Too techno like. Not enjoyable. Hurt my ears
Really long songs. Kind of edm. Didn’t like it.
Another electronic album. Still pretty bored. Although it was somewhat better than the others. 2.9/10
Brand spanking new to me, no idea what this even is. While listening to the album, I read that Leftfield is a duo and they hated this album after they finished it. I agree with them. Probably just not my cup of tea. Hard pass.
Monotonista rumpukoneen jytkyttelyä, ei innosta. Muutenkin ylipitkä levy. Ilmeisesti tämä on joku Housen pioneerilevy, mutta kun ei paljoa kiinnosta koko tyylisuuntaus, niin ei anna juurikaan lisäarvoa. Pitäisi varmaan vetää jotain nappeja joilla näkisi musiikin väreinä, että tällaisesta voisi nauttia.
De plano no me gusta la mezcla del dance techno más electronicoso del mundo con cosas africanas. No logré darle una segunda pasada y aunque hubo pequeños momentos en los que me ponía a "mover el pie" no basta para que pueda aguantar voluntariamente ni una rola.
personally not for me.
Songs go nowhere and the basic building beats are pretty uninteresting to start with.
I was losing my mind in 1996, but not to this.