Exclusive details on forthcoming second album...
Leftfield‘s new album is called ‘Rhythm And Stealth’ and is released on September 6 through Hard Hands Records.
The band have also confirmed that the first single from the LP will be ‘Afrika Shox’, the track they recorded two years ago with Afrika Bambaataa, released on August 23.
A video for the track has already been made by director Chris Cunningham, who created Bjork‘s ‘All Is Full Of Love’ and Aphex Twin‘s ‘Windowlicker’.
The band’s spokesperson declined to reveal the plotline, other than to say “it’s another weird and powerful one”.
‘Afrika Shox’ will be backed by a version of ‘Phat Planet’, the music used in the Guinness ‘white horses’ surfing advert. It has not yet been decided whether the original version or a new Dave Clarke remix will be included on the commercial release.
The original was released as a 12″ promo earlier this year and instantly became a collectors’ item.
Other tracks on the ten-track album, which was started in February 1997, include the dubby ‘Chant Of A Poor Man’, which features the vocals of Cheshire Cat, who previously sang on their hit ‘Release The Pressure’.
Elsewhere, rapper Roots Manuva sings on ‘Dusted’ and Nicole Williams, who has previously worked with labels such as Mo’Wax and Raucous Records, lends her vocals to ‘Swords’, a different version of which features on the soundtrack of forthcoming Doug ‘Swingers‘ Liman movie Go.
As well as ‘Phat Planet’, Leftfield‘s spokesman said there were two more tracks that would really set dancefloors on fire, namely ‘Six Eight War’ and ‘Double Flash’.
‘Rhythm And Stealth’ is the follow-up to Leftfield‘s debut ‘Leftism’, released in 1995.
The spokesman said that despite taking four years, it was well worth the wait.
“They’ve always been slow workers. This has been quite quick for them anyway, they used to only manage a single a year.”
He added that the band were also planning a major UK tour for the end of the year.