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Formed in 1989 by Neil Barnes and Paul Daley (formerly of The Rivals), Leftfield became one of the most influential and important duos on the electronic scene in the 90s, rivalling the Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim and later Basement Jaxx as one of the most recognisable teams in the genre. The pair were so ground-breaking that a new term – progressive house – had to be coined to define their blend of house, dub and reggae. Their debut album was even nominated for the Mercury Prize in 1995. In 2002, though, the pair broke up to pursue other projects.

Now Leftfield are back, led solely by Barnes. Alternative Light Source, his first album in 16 years, was released in June to great critical acclaim. It featured a massive range of collaborators from TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe to Sleaford Mods and Channy Leaneagh of Polica. But it also marked a slight change in direction for the group, molding to contemporary times while still creating intelligent and thoroughly danceable electronic music. If you want to see the masters of the genre at work, then Leftfield’s show will put other producers to shame.

Leftfield come to Northumbria Students Union, Newcastle on Saturday 17th October.

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