Leftfield new album
Photo by Steve Gullick

Leftfield have announced their first new album in seven years, This Is What We Do, and have released a new track entitled PULSE

This Is What We Do is Leftfield’s first album of new music since 2015’s Alternative Light Source, and is set to be released via Virgin Records on December 2. The album was recorded with long-time studio and mix engineer Adam Wren, and features guest contributions from Fontaines D.C. frontman Grian Chatten, Lemn Sissay and more.

“This Is What We Do,” the press release states, “is an eclectic long-player that embodies the core optimistic ethos of the iconic dance music act. Exploring themes around love, acceptance, diversity and healing, the album was written before and after two extremely challenging and transformative periods in the life of Leftfield’s Neil Barnes. The global pandemic, and his own personal health crisis, both having a direct impact on the creative process, with his own drive to heal childhood trauma as a backdrop.

“As a result the new LP is a rich, vibrant, positive and potent cocktail of incendiary cuts that epitomise Leftfield’s uncompromising approach to dance music. Tapping into the roots of the culture – subversive, radical, progressive and inclusive – This Is What We Do is a positive and powerful record that addresses personal themes which also reflect our current global experience.”

Speaking of the new song, PULSE, Barnes says: “I wanted PULSE to be the first statement from the new album. It felt strong. Dancefloor. Human. Positive. And I love the bass. It’s Leftfield.” 

Listen to PULSE here and pre-order the album here.


  1. This Is What We Do 
  2. Full Way Round 
  3. Making A Difference 
  4. City of Synths 
  5. Pulse
  6. Machines Like Me
  7. Rapture 16 
  8. Heart and Soul 
  9. Accumulator
  10. Come On
  11. The Power of Listening