Rhythm and Stealthby Leftfield
Perhaps wishing to move from progressive-house flagwavers to trip-hop super-producers on a par with Massive Attack, Leftfield returned after almost five years of silence with a set of blunted trip-hop jams, stoned to say the least -- though glimmers of their house background do show through. Aside from a few uptempo stormers ("Double Flash," "Swords") reminiscent of a slightly less frenetic Jeff Mills, house fans looking for anthems worthy of "Not Forgotten" might be disappointed. The grooves on Rhythm and Stealth are a bit too languid and the productions a bit too intricate for dancefloor consumption. The one track that might make fans yearn for the heady days of 1993, "El Cid," begins with the ephemeral synth for which Leftfield has been known, but soon moves into breakbeat territory. Hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa makes an appearance on the excellent "Afrika Shox," taking the mic on a brutal electro throwdown. As Rhythm and Stealth shows time and time again, it's definitely not 1993 anymore, and Leftfield has moved on with a grace and mastery of production seldom seen in the dance world.
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- Sony Bmg Europe
Performance CreditsLeftfield Primary Artist
Afrika Bambaataa Vocals,Track Performer
Nicole Willis Vocals
Cheshire Cat Vocals,Track Performer
Roots Manuva Vocals,Track Performer
Technical CreditsLeftfield Producer
Adam Wren Engineer
Nick Rapaccioli Producer
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Do you like Dance/Eclectic/Techno music? Then you like Leftfield.The fantabulous ''Leftism'' is one of my favourite albums and to no surprise its sequel is lethal also. Unlike Leftism, this album is less raw and has little stand out tracks and as a result is excellent as a whole. The album incorporates some great pumping beats (Double Flash) and an atmospherical climax in ''Swords''.As I said, the album is excellently ''rounded'', but perhaps this is its flaw: It does lack one screamer of a song that would make you listen to the album that little bit more. Having said that, its one of the best eclectic albums of the decade.