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Template:Alternateuses Leftfield are a duo of electronica artists and record producers, Paul Daley (formerly of A Man Called Adam and the Brand New Heavies) and Neil Barnes formed in 1991 in London, England. The pair were pioneers in the fields of intelligent dance music and released a series of singles and two acclaimed albums before breaking up in 2002 to focus on solo projects.

Their first major hit was Open Up, a collaboration with John Lydon; it was followed by their debut album, Leftism, in 1995. This album blended dub, breakbeat and techno. Their second and final album, Rhythm and Stealth (1999) maintained a similar style but with a harder, bleaker techno edge, and featured such artists as Roots Manuva, Afrika Bambaata and MC Cheshire Cat from Birmingham. The album was shortlisted for the 2000 Mercury Music Prize.

They are also well-known to a mainstream audience for their track Phat Planet, which soundtracked the memorable "Surfers" TV advertisement for Guinness, ranked #1 in Channel 4's Top 100 Adverts list in 2000.Template:Band-stub

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