Neil Barnes and Paul Daley, inspired by house music’s many facets formed the production team of Leftfield, working with several artists who were at the cutting edge of dance music. Leftfield were famous in the studio for their remixes of such artists as Adamski and Detroit house legend Kevin Saunderson’s Inner City project. In 1991 their first single, “Not Forgotten” was an instant club hit heard around the world, trademarking their production work on a simple, but cutting edge dance track.
Barnes and Daley signed to Outer Rhythm Records (a subsidiary of Rhythm King, home to Bomb The Bass, S’Express and Baby Ford), and released another single called “More Than I Know.” As the recognition and credibility as producers became apparent, Leftfield received even more remix work from Guerrilla Records band React 2 Rhythm, David Bowie, British pop act D:Ream, and later on remixed Renegade Soundwave, Ultra Nate, Yothu Yindi and Stereo Mcs. Leftfield also took to producing a ragga singer named Djum Djum who released a record on Outer Rhythm with Leftfield called “Difference.”
At this point in 1992, it was evident that Leftfield had enough of a following to put their money where it would best be used, their own record label to promote other artists with the same ideas as theirs. Taking the name from their production alias, Hard Hands, Leftfield began to sign various acts further promoting the bass-induced, rhythmic and dubby-house Leftfield were growing famous for. Their first release was the first Leftfield record on Hard Hands, a track featuring Earl Sixteen on a ragga-vocal called “Release the Pressure.