A Hi Fidelity Vinyl Experience

The next AudioCollective event will feature Leftism the 1995 release by Leftfield on Saturday 14th July at The Swan

Leftism is the first studio album by English electronica Leftfield, released on Columbia Records. It contained a mixture of new tracks along with reworked versions of previous Leftfield singles made by the duo Paul Daley and Neil Barnes . The album contains guest spots from musicians not associated with dance music at the time such as John Lydon and Toni Halliday from Curve  plus reggae vocalists Danny Red on “Inspection” and Earl Sixteen on “Release the Pressure” and Lemn Sissay on “21st Century Poem”.

The album was described as progressive house, although some journalists found that label too limiting, suggesting the album incorporated many genres. After completing the album, the duo initially were not pleased with it.

On its release, the album was well received from the British press with positive reviews from the NME and Q. The album was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 1995 but lost to Portishead. Leftism sold well and was released months later in the United States. Critics have praised the album as one of the major album-length works of dance music, with Q referring to it as “the first truly complete album experience to be created by house musicians and the first quintessentially British one”.

The album will be played on equipment supplied by the AC crew and also include discussion (not too heavy!) video footage (of the performer) and a chance to bring along and play your own related vinyl. If you dont have any vinyl but do have ideas for related music we can play requests via our new high fidelity TIDAL streamer.

Each month we’ll be giving away a fresh copy of the vinyl in our free to enter raffle too … although this month with no reissue available, we would like to thank one of our members, Phil Daniels, for loaning us his original copy of the album to spin on the night. Thanks Phil!!


Our new  pricing scheme allows loyal fans of the AC nights to attend any 3 events at £4 and get the 4th FREE.

Just collect a loyalty card when you arrive .

£4 advance tickets are available online at Badlands.

Summer Season

Based on consultation with our membership the next two events will be;

July 14th Leftfield’s Leftism

August 11th 1970’s reggae special.