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Electronic and dancefloor pioneers Leftfield will visit Belfast’s Mandela Hall on Friday 16 June. It’s part of the This Is What We Tour ‘23 in support of their acclaimed new album ‘This Is What We Do’, out now via Virgin Records.
Leftfield quickly became one of electronic music's most influential and defining live acts. Originally comprised of Neil Barnes and Paul Daley – now solely led by Barnes - Leftfield’s legendary live-performances paired with seminal albums, including 1995’s Leftism and 1999s Rhythm & Stealth solidified Leftfield’s position as true pioneers. Two decades on and seven years since the last album, Leftfield return with new music. This Is What We Do is a dancefloor album, packed full of big sounds and big songs, Leftfield at its purist.
This Is What We Do is Leftfield’s first album of new music since 2015’s feted Alternative Light Source. The album was crafted by Neil Barnes with long-time studio and mix engineer Adam Wren, and features guest contributions from Fontaines D.C. frontman Grian Chatten, Lemn Sissay and more. The album cover is a shot taken by lauded photographer Steve McCurry, whose work includes the celebrated photograph Afghan Girl. This cover image is a marked departure to previous Leftfield album imagery, chosen to reflect the warmth and positivity of the album and to celebrate the connections that we make with others throughout our lives.
This Is What We Do, is an eclectic long-player that embodies the core optimistic ethos of the iconic dance music act. Exploring themes around love, acceptance, diversity and healing, the album was written before and after two extremely challenging and transformative periods in the life of Barnes. The global pandemic, and his own personal health crisis, both having a direct impact on the creative process, with his own drive to heal childhood trauma as a backdrop. As a result, the new LP is a rich, vibrant, positive and potent cocktail of incendiary cuts that epitomises Leftfield’s uncompromising approach to dance music. Tapping into the roots of the culture – subversive, radical, progressive and inclusive – This Is What We Do is a positive and powerful record that addresses personal themes which also reflect our current global experience.