The torrid summer days are upon us, so it’s best to just kick back and relax. Through Chill Week, I’m providing the soundtrack for your relaxation session.
I couldn’t create this series and not feature what MixMag has described in the 90s as “the single most influential production team working in British dance music”. I am, of course, talking about Neil Barnes and Paul Daley, better known as Leftfield.
The sound of Leftfield can be best described as a combination between dub, break-beat, house and several other influences. Similarly to The Chemical Brothers, they used a number of guest vocalists for their productions, including Earl 16, Johnny ‘Rotten’ Lydon and Toni Halliday. The experimental nature of their tracks really made the public take notice, as they released ‘Open Up‘, followed soon after by their debut album.
Today’s track, entitled Original, is a collaboration with Toni Halliday on the vocals. Included on the duo’s debut album, Leftism, then released as a single in March of 1995, it’s a smooth blend of break beat, funky synth accents and subtle 303 action, creating a really relaxed atmosphere. It was part of the soundtrack for Hackers 2, and reached the #18 spot in the UK charts.
In closing, I’d like to suggest you pay close attention to the way the track progresses, especially around 1:28. You’ll see why, by playing the sample below:
Country: UK / Style: Electronica / Year: 1995 / Label: Hard Hands
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Chill Week continues tomorrow. 😀