Leftfield - 'This Is What We Do'

7/10

There is no denying that Leftfield are one of the greatest electronic acts to have ever walked the earth. Their initial LPs 'Leftism' and 'Rhythm And Stealth' are still regarded as two of the best albums of the 90s, and have shaped the way in which the British electronic scene has moved in the decades since. But after original member Neil Barnes revived the project as a solo venture for the third record 'Alternative Light Source', it felt like their sound still needed to catch up to the rest of the scene in terms of progression. Now seven years later, Barnes brings Leftfield back to the fold with the fourth studio album 'This Is What We Do', a release that feels far more confident and assured within itself.

Rather than try to rebuild the direction that made them such a success in their infancy, 'This Is What We Do' feels far more distinctive to both Leftfield's own direction and almost anything else doing the rounds right now. Finding new and interesting places in which to take the sound, Barnes is looking to redefine Leftfield for the modern ear, something that takes their harsh yet atmospheric pursuit and blends it with instantly recognisable hooks that have a habit of getting under your skin from the very start.

While it still needs something to really scream within its walls, 'This Is What We Do' proves that there is still plenty of bright and fresh innovation working the Leftfield camp. Brimming with adventurous ideas and textures throughout, it feels like there is still plenty of fire burning within the project many decades later.

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