i’m listening to a mix-up of leftfield goodies by my homie doc savage aka dj vorn and i’m thinking about leftfield and their place in the minds of their fans. i still remember how i first got into leftism.
i had seen open up on tv in the early 90s and was kind of a bit freaked out, but then i came across it again on the third installment of the euphoria series, coming after solar stone‘s remix of matt darey‘s from russia with love. all of a sudden it made sense! in 2001 i came across melt, again on a euphoria cd, and i remember someone playing it for me on a school trip to greece and telling me it was the weirdest song in the world. i was like, yeah i know it. but it wasn’t until 2002 that i got the album, and i still remember the first time i listened to it. i had picked up a copy of muzik and leftism was listed in their piece on summer albums so i figured it would work as holiday music.
i was on a bus on my way to taizé, still drunk from a ridiculous afternoon session in london, and i decided to lash on the cd – this is before the ipod days remember. the opening seconds of release the pressure, so haunting and beautiful – “it’s the music from the o2 ads!” – the epiphany made me simply ecstatic. but then – at 1.55 – it turns ragga! in my inebriated state i was baffled, confused, and a little disappointed that the opening section didn’t last longer. but i grew to love it. it’s impossible not to really. while each and every track on the album has its place, the other one that really stood out on that particular trip was original. i don’t know why, but i can still hear it when i think of the lengthy nap i had in stansted as we waited for our flight home. the muzik piece really summed it up when it said “what can you say about leftism that hasn’t already been said?” there are literally no words to sum up how good it is.
a few years later i had a discussion with someone about “my leftism summer,” and she said that everyone she knew had a leftism summer. then on the release of a final hit, i read a review in connected that said pretty much the same thing! it’s the only way… so with the onset of this good weather (long may it continue), check out this mix from doc. awesome stuff.
1) Song For Life (Dj Vorn Edit)
2) Illumination (Vanden Plas Remix)*
4) Not Forgotten (Dj Vorn Edit)
5) Afro Ride (Dj Vorn Edit)*
6) Dub Gussett (Maas Remix)
7) Dub Gusset* (Original Mix)
8) Double Flash (Headstarter Remix)*
9) Double Flash (Original Mix)*
11) Shallow Grave*
12) Storm 3000 (Original Mix)
13) Storm 3000 (Derek Dah Large Future Sound Of Great Britain Mix)*
14) Black Flute*
15) Filter Fish*
16) Space Shanty (Dj Vorn Edit)
17) Phat Planet (Dj Vorn Edit)
18) Open Up (Dj Vorn Edit)
19) 21st Century Poem
* Denotes an edit