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HMR Classics: Leftifeld – Not Forgotten

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HMR Classics: Leftifeld – Not Forgotten

A defining track of the early UK dance scene, and a precursor to the group’s signature sound.

Leftfield’s debut single “Not Forgotten” was a game-changer, fusing acid, techno, and dub into a distinctive sound that helped shape the sound of British house and techno for years to come.

Released on the Outer Rhythm label in 1990, “Not Forgotten” was an instant hit, reaching number 14 on the UK singles chart and earning Leftfield a devoted following among dance music fans. Its driving, hypnotic beats and swirling synth melodies made it an instant dancefloor classic, while its use of dub-style echo and reverb created a sense of space and depth that was truly immersive.



“Not Forgotten” was more than just a great dance track, it was also a sign of things to come. Leftfield’s eclectic approach to production drew from a wide range of influences, including dub reggae, post-punk, and even classical music. This helped set them apart from their peers and gave them a unique voice in the UK dance scene.

Leftfield’s highly influential debut album, “Leftism,” which was released in 1995 and remains a classic of the genre to this day. And while the duo has gone through various lineup changes and periods of inactivity, their impact on electronic music continues to be felt to this day.

Nearly three decades after its release, “Not Forgotten” remains a touchstone for DJs and producers working in the house and techno genres. Its influence can be heard in countless tracks that have followed in its wake, and its legacy as a true classic of dance music has been cemented.

 

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