Initially a one man band, Neil Barnes had signed to Outer Rhythm records for the release of two singles under the Leftfield alias, More Than I Know and Not Forgotten, attracting the attention of Paul Daley, one time member of A Man Called Adam. At this time, Paul Daley also collaborated with Neil Cole on the Djum Djum track, Difference.
Due to contractual obligations with Outer Rhythm, the band became unable to release their own works and issued Release The Dubs on a white label, garnering interest from various artists such as Adamski, Inner City, Sunscreem, The Sandals, Stereo MCs, & David Bowie among others for remix work. Additionally, a release for Billy Nasty’s Zoom Records called The Hunter under the name Herbal Infusion was produced, but there was no further output under this alias.
Apparently finding the remix on demand work dissatisfying, Leftfield went back to their own output releasing Song Of Life at the end of the year as a taster for what was to come.
1993 saw release of their first collaboration with John Lydon (later they would work on John’s own album with the tracks Psychopath and Sun), the punk house Open Up. Sadly not to find favour with the public at the time due to fires raging across Hollywood and the at the time radio unfriendly refrain “Burn Hollywood, Burn” it has nevertheless remained a staple of student discos.
Early 1994 saw the release of their first album, Leftism for Columbia Records. An obvious labour of love to anyone that has heard it, it features collaborations with Neil Cole on Afro-Left and Toni Halliday on Original among others.
In 1995, Danny Boyle approached the band for a track for the soundtrack to Shallow Grave, an Edinburgh based thriller in which Doctor Who and Obi-Wan Kenobi battle themselves and their consciousnesses when the Sherriff of Nottingham dies in their flat leaving a large sum of money behind (A further collaboration, A Final Hit, can be found on the soundtrack to the movie Trainspotting, as well as the track Snakeblood for the movie The Beach).
1997 saw the release of the aforementioned John Lydon album, and other than a collaboration with David Arnold for a James Bond tribute not much further as production on their second album was underway.
1999 saw the release of Rhythm and Stealth, featuring contributions from people such as Roots Manuva, Nicole Willis and Afrika Bambaataa. The latter especially notable for the accompanying video directed by Chris Cunningham, an ex 2000AD art droid and favourite of artists such as BjÃ¶rk, Squarepusher and the Aphex Twin.
Moving apart muscially by this time, the band split in 2002. Neil Barnes remixed God Save The Queen, collaborating in sort with John Lydon for a final time for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
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