tempobet yeni adresi
like this cd review

23/06/2015 : LEFTFIELD - Alternative Light Source

LEFTFIELD

Alternative Light Source

MusicCD
Dance

[85/100]   

Universal Music
23/06/2015, Paul PLEDGER

It's been an incredible sixteen years since the Mercury-nominated Rhythm and Stealth cemented Leftfield's reputation as serious contenders for the Brit-techno crown. But by the close of the '90s, so-called club-culture was changing direction and becoming a commercial commodity and Leftfield didn't quite fit beyond the review pages of earnest monthlies and Sunday supplements. Their untouchable game-changing classic debut Leftism was but a distant memory by the turn of the century and within a few years, Neil Barnes was left to fly the flag solo after Paul Daley's departure.

Barnes will therefore continue to be Leftfield for the foreseeable future as he attempts to reignite the fervour and enthusiasm drummed up by previous anthems such as Open Up (with John Lydon), Afrika Shox (with Afrika Bambaataa), Cut For Life, Release The Pressure and the perennial Original (with Toni Halliday). Alternative Light Source pulls together an array of guests including Polica's Channy Leaneagh, TV on the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe and Sleaford Mods as well as acting as something of a showcase for various British dance genres.

Things start impressively enough with the arms-in-the-air majesty of Bad Radio and the widescreen euphoria of first single Universal Everything before the first pair of the guest contributions sparks Bilocation and Head and Shoulders into life, the latter starring the inimitable random spitting courtesy of Jason from Sleaford Mods.

Things improve further with the blissed-out dubbed-up instrumental Dark Matters and the infectious Little Fish, an insistent track destined to become something of a signature tune for Leftfield, as Barnes bridges the gap between club-night peaking and the afterglow of the comedown. Storm's End echoes some of Zomby's most languid work while the title-track is seriously disorientating after starting as an innocent contender for Cafe del Mar.

And with Shaker Obsession we're airlifted straight back into the middle of a mud-drenched field in the '90s before Levitate For You brings the relief and says 'there, there' before offering skanked-out psychedelic sedation and urging you to replay the whole thing again. Because, against all the odds, in a sea of unrelenting commercial commodity identikit hard-house and chip-pop, Leftfield's Neil Barnes has created a blessed alternative that recalls the good times of yore and heralds another escapist era for those too old to care or too young to settle down.

This review also appeared also on Flipside Reviews.

Paul PLEDGER
23/06/2015


Music reviews

28
07
WULF7
I don't want (Anymore)
06
07
TRAGIC IMPULSE
Distant Worlds
04
07
RAMMSTEIN
Zeit
27
06
BALVANERA
Courses of Action
14
06
TERMINAL SERIOUS
Gift For You
10
06
SAMHAIN
Experiment

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

NEWS

09
08
Electronic Band She 1 - Him 2 Addresses Breaking Free With New Single
08
08
32 years of Head/Down with MOEV
07
08
Neo-Fanfare/Darkwave Band, Crooniek Reflects On The Concept Of Time With New Album
06
08
Post-Punk Artist Daniel Ouellette Brings Life To A Haunted House With New Album
05
08
Industrial bass artist SINthetik Messiah addresses violence in The Vatican with new single
05
08
NOISE UNIT is back in full force!

Concert reviews

05
07
EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN
40 Years Einsturzende Neubauten at Ancienne Belgique - Brussels - B (20+21.06.2022)
14
06
WULF7 + THE JUGGERNAUTS
11/06/2022 - LIVE AT THE BAROCK - BRUGGE
14
06
'N TALES, INTERZONE, GROUND NERO
At B52 Club Eeernegem
24
05
STAATSEINDE
Staatseinde live @Kinky Star - 14 mei 2022
13
05
WUK
A try-out that became a book...
21
10
NICK CAVE
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - 2021 Tour - Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp- 20/10/2021

GET A COPY OF OUR MAGAZINE
SEND TO YOUR HOME

INTERVIEWS

05
08
MOTOR!K
I have to admit that I often still find it strange and difficult to grasp: people going crazy on three weirdos playing some repetitive music
12
07
FERALIA PLANITIA & DAS AUGE
'Thanks to our overlapping tastes in music, we became good friends; music was our cement, sort of speak…'
18
05
PUSSY RIOT
Unfortunately, everyone only understood what Putin is like when he started a war in Ukraine.
18
05
HAGAR THE WOMB
Now we know the audience will help us out when we forget the lyrics.
18
05
HETZE
We all work with homeless people on a daily basis and we try to be actively involved in their struggle.

PHOTOS

08
08
NEW MODEL ARMY
Rockfabrik Uebach-Palenberg
05
08
RAMMSTEIN
Park De Nieuwe Koers Oostende
02
08
SHE PAST AWAY
Amphi Festival Keulen
02
08
FROZEN PLASMA
Amphi Festival Keulen
02
08
MONO INC.
Amphi Festival Keulen
02
08
[:SITD:]
Amphi Festival Keulen
02
08
MESH
Amphi Festival Keulen

ADVERTISE
IN PEEK-A-BOO

VIDEO CLIPS

09
08
WE NEVER MET
Come Play With Fire
08
08
ROSARUBEA
Window Pain
07
08
CREMATORY
Haus Mit Garten
06
08
K-X-P
Space Precious Time
05
08
MONICA JEFFRIES
In Circles
04
08
ILLUMININE
For What It's Worth (Live at Sundlaugin Studio)
03
08
THE CURE
A Forest (Live in Paris 1979)