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Alternative Light Source

Leftfield

Alternative Light Source

LabelInfectious Music
VertriebRough Trade
VÖ-Datum5.6.2015

Es dürfte wohl nur wenige Bands geben, die es mit zwei Alben zum Kultstatus bringen und deren Reputation über Jahre hinweg quasi unverändert bestehen bleibt, ohne auch nur ansatzweise neues Material an die Fans zu verteilen. Leftfield, das Londoner Duo, haben genau das mit ihren Alben Leftism aus dem Jahr 1995 und dem vier Jahre später erschienenen Rhythm and Stealth geschafft. Leftfield waren neu und stilprägend mit ihrem elektronischen Genre-Mix aus Ambient, Dub, Breakbeat, House und Techno. Und ihre Zusammenarbeit mit anderen Künstlern wie der ehemaligen Sex-Pistole John Lydon (Open Up) oder Afrika Bambaataa (Afrika Shox) haben ihren Status noch weiter zementiert.

Nach langen 16 Jahren melden sich Leftfield nun tatsächlich wieder mit neuem Stoff zu Gehör. Allerdings jetzt als Soloprojekt von Neil Barnes, der nach dem Ausstieg seines früheren Partners Paul Daley im Jahr 2002 vor fünf Jahren Leftfield alleine wieder zum Leben erweckt hat. Der hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, mit dem Album Alternative Light Source trotzdem nahtlos an die Vergangenheit anzuknüpfen. Bürde und Wagnis gleichermaßen, denn die Messlatte für ein neues Werk könnte wohl kaum viel höher liegen.

Ganz in Leftfield’scher Tradition hat sich Barnes Verstärkung auf stimmlicher Ebene geholt und die Hälfte der neuen Tracks mit Vocals versehen. Mit Tunde Adebimpe von TV On The Radio beispielsweise startet er die neue Ära auf Bad Radio. Nur wenige Sekunden dauert es bis man in den Leftfield-Kosmos gesogen wird. Neu und doch vertraut erscheint die Lichtquelle, die teilweise hypnotisierende Wirkung besitzt. Mal treibend, mal sphärisch erweist er sich sowohl als Meister der minimalen Veränderung als auch als Meister des dichten elektronischen Sounds. Verzichtet hat Barnes nur auf die früher präsenten Dub- und Reggae-Elemente; ansonsten gibt es die essentiellen Leftfield-Zutaten.

Alternative Light Source scheint fast wie die logische Konsequenz aus Rhythm And Stealth. Zu behaupten, dass Leftfield hier in völlig anderem Licht erstrahlt, wäre wohl deutlich übertrieben, aber das Projekt klingt alles andere als überholt. Und selbst die rotzigen Sleaford Mods, die mit dem „Shampoo-Song“ Head And Shoulders auf dem Album ein wenig aus der Reihe tanzen, zerstören den homogenen Gesamteindruck nicht. Keine Frage, Alternative Light Source ist ein Highlight und erweist sich als würdiger Nachfolger, der Leftfields Reputation weiter untermauert.

 

Tracklist:
  1. Bad Radio (feat. Tunde Adebimpe)
  2. Universal Everything
  3. Bilocation (feat. Channy Leaneagh)
  4. Head And Shoulders (feat. Sleaford Mods)
  5. Dark Matters
  6. Little Fish (feat. Channy Leaneagh)
  7. Storms End
  8. Alternative Light Source
  9. Shaker Obsesssion
  10. Levitate For You (feat. Ofei)
Highlights:

Bad Radio (feat. Tunde Adebimpe), Universal Everything, Levitate For You (feat. Ofei)

Unsere Bewertung:
8 von 10
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