Inscrutable London duo’s dance masterstroke. Better than the new one with the Guinness ad

It's hard to overestimate the significance of Leftism, roundly acknowledged upon its release in 1995 as the first truly complete album experience to be created by house musicians and the first quintessentially British one. Generously replete with hands-in-the-air trancedelia (Melt, Space Shanty) but (for then) uniquely spiced with dubwise and reggaecentric leanings (Release The Pressure, Afro-Left, Inspection (Check One)), Leftism established Neil Barnes and Paul Daley's heavy, soulful dance agenda (successfully reprised if not exactly advanced on last year's Rhythm & Stealth LP). And while Storm 3000's gradual journey up through the dancefloor gears and across an array of sonic landscapes still merits awe, it's Open Up, with its poignant John Lydon vocal, that reminds one of the revolutionary fervour that once gripped dance and that's missing from pretty much all pop music at the moment.

**** (out of 5)

review by Danny Ecclseton (nicked from 'Q', dated March 2000)