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      <h2>This is the lowest time for music: Leftfield’s Neil Barnes slams the X Factor effect as he embarks on national tour</h2> <p class=”author-section byline-plain”>By Sarah Graham for MailOnline <br /> <span class=”article-timestamp article-timestamp-updated”> <span class=”article-timestamp-label”>Updated:</span> <time datetime=”2010-12-02T10:30:24+0000″> 10:30 GMT, 2 December 2010 </time> </span> </p> <div data-preferred-shared-network-enabled=”” id=”articleIconLinksContainer”>

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      <span></span> <p class=”count-number”></p> <p class=”count-text”>View <br /> comments</p> </div> <p>’These days people are just accepting rubbish when it comes to music.

      According to most reviews in magazines, everything’s great. An example of this, I’m not afraid to say, is the new Arcade Fire album. It’s rubbish!'<br /></p><p>Neil Barnes is sounding off about the state of music today. And what makes him an authority on music, you may ask?
      Some would argue he’s a well placed commentator purely for the fact that, as one half of Leftfield, he was responsible for producing the album that defined a generation. <br /></p><p>Ask any thirtysomething about the contents of their record collection and the majority will most likely say that Leftism, released in 1995, is not only in there but is still taken off the rack and regularly played.  <br /></p><div class=”clear”> </div><div class=”thinCenter”> Pioneers: Paul Daley, left, and Neil Barnes at the Mercury Music Awards in 2000 after their second album, Rhythm And Stealth, was nominated <noscript> Pioneers: Paul Daley, left, and Neil Barnes at the Mercury Music Awards in 2000 after their second album, Rhythm And Stealth, was nominated </noscript> <p class=”imageCaption”>Pioneers: Paul Daley, left, and Neil Barnes at the Mercury Music Awards in 2000 after their second album, Rhythm And Stealth, was nominated</p></div> <p>Today Barnes is musing over the effect the X Factor is having on music.

      He’s in the middle of a Leftfield tour, allbeit without his professional other half Paul Daley, who ceased any involvement with the collaboration after the duo’s second album, Rhythm  and Stealth. <br /></p><p>’X Factor is destroying pop music. This is the lowest time for music.
      Radio is becoming less and less willing to take a chance on anything original. But I don’t think it’ll last. I see a lot of young people who’ve got an incredibly wide knowledge of music who don’t buy into the X Factor.<br /></p><p>’If I had talked about jazz or strange music to people when I was young they’d think I was bonkers.

      These days people are a lot more open minded about it and that’s a good thing.'<br /></p><div class=”clear”> </div><div class=”thinCenter”> The 1998 commercial for Guinness. The theme was Phat Planet by Leftfield <noscript> The 1998 commercial for Guinness. The theme was Phat Planet by Leftfield </noscript> <p class=”imageCaption”>The 1998 commercial for Guinness.

      The theme was Phat Planet by Leftfield</p></div> <p>By the time Barnes paired up with Daley, the dance music scene had exploded. The duo began remixing other people’s records before hitting on the idea of recording an album. <br /></p><p>’We just wanted to make a record we would listen to,’ he says.
      ‘It was a mix of all the things we’d started to get into at the time.'<br /></p><p>Leftfism – a fusion of dance, progressive house, dub and reggae – was released in 1995 to phenomenal reviews. In 2000 Q magazine placed it at number 34 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.

      And quite rightly so: it’s the type of album that improves with age. That when you listen to it, you marvel at how original it was. <br /></p><p>From the sublime, ethereal Song Of Life to the banging anthem, Open Up (featuring Sex Pistols frontman John  Lydon), Leftism changed the musical landscape and made pioneers of Barnes and Daley.

      <br /></p><div class=”clear”> </div><div class=”thinCenter”> DJ: Paul Barnes in action <noscript> DJ: Paul Barnes in action </noscript> <p class=”imageCaption”>DJ: Paul Barnes in action</p></div> <p>Their second album, Rhythm And Stealth, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize (as was Leftism, which lost out to Portishead’s Dummy) but never quite lived up to its predecessor.

      <br /></p><p>But how do you follow an iconic album like Leftism?<br /></p><p>’It was really hard. Second albums are often very difficult. It (Rhythm And Stealth) was still a successful album (it spawned the famous theme from the Guinness ad) and we always set ourselves a very high standard and we worked even harder.
      Making good music should be hard, it shouldn’t be easy.'<br /></p><div class=”art-insert tvshowbiz”><h3 class=”wocc”><span style=”font-weight: bold;”>LEFTFIELD LIVE</span><br /></h3><div class=”ins cleared xolcc bdrcc”><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”><span style=”font-weight: bold;”>Dec 2 </span>- O2 Academy, Bristol</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”><span style=”font-weight: bold;”>Dec 3 </span>- O2 Academy, Brixton</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”><span style=”font-weight: bold;”>Dec 4 </span>- O2 Academy, Brixton</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”><span style=”font-weight: bold;”>Dec 11 </span>- TRIPOD, Dublin</font></p><p><font style=”font-size: 1.2em;”><span style=”font-weight: bold;”>Dec 12 </span>- TRIPOD, Dublin</font></p></div></div> <p>The duo parted after the release of Rhythm And Stealth – ‘we just decided that we didn’t want to work together anymore’ – and both went on to work on solo projects.

      <br /></p><p>This year Barnes decided to take Leftfield on tour after headlining this summer’s London Electronic Festival. Daley turned down the opportunity to join him, but Barnes says he enjoyed being back on stage so much he decided on the tour.<br /></p><p>’It was just a feeling that the music was still relevant.
      Promoters had been asking about it being done for quite a long time. We’d always resisted it and I decided to give it another go.'<br /></p><p>Leftfield Live provides a new take on some of the classics and is, in Barnes’ own words, great fun but very difficult to perform.

      An array of vocalists as well as keyboardists, samplers and an awesome light show has seen the show sell-out. <br /></p><p>’This is one of the most complicated performances you can get, it’s an enormous show.'<br /><br /></p> <div class=”clear”> </div></div>

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