London Elektricity

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London Elektricity
London Elektricity.jpg
Background information
Origin London, United Kingdom
Genres Drum and bass, liquid funk, electronica, breakbeat, acid jazz
Years active 1996–present
Labels Hospital Records
Associated acts Peter Nice Trio, Dwarf Electro, Orkestra Galactica, E.S.T., Funky N.A.S.A, Izit, Future Homosapiens, Landslide
Website londonelektricity.com
Members Tony Colman (production, keyboards)
Past members Chris Goss (production, keyboards, guitar)
Liane Carroll (vocals, keyboards)
Jungle Drummer (drums)
Andy Waterworth (bass)
Landslide (drum pads)
Robert Owens (vocals)
Diane Charlemagne (live vocals)[1]
Stamina MC (rapping)
SP MC (rapping)
MC Wrec (rapping)

London Elektricity is the stage name of DJ and electronic musician Tony Colman.[2] London Elektricity was originally a duo, consisting of Tony Colman and Chris Goss, both founders of Hospital Records.

History[edit]

The first incarnation of London Elektricity was the duo Tony Colman and Chris Goss.[3] Founders and backbone of Hospital Records, they also pursued parallel projects under the monikers Future Homosapiens, Dwarf Electro, Funky N.A.S.A. and Orkestra Galactica,[4] but it was their tune "Song In The Key Of Knife" under the guise London Elektricity that first gained them widespread recognition.[5]

In 1999, they released their debut album Pull the Plug on Hospital Records.[6] Although session musicians contributed a wide range of live instruments (double bass, electric guitar, brass section, flute, strings), and jazz singer Liane Carroll provided vocals on two tracks, the LP was essentially a studio work, under the control of producer/DJ duo Colman and Goss.

In 2002, Chris Goss departed to concentrate on managing Hospital Records, leaving it a solo project of Tony Colman.[7] The second album Billion Dollar Gravy was released in 2003.[8] During the making of the album, the session musicians began to coalesce into a band, and Colman decided to take the band live.[9] The line-up included Colman, Andy Waterworth, Landslide, MC Wrec, the Jungle Drummer, Liane Carroll and Robert Owens, amongst others.[10] In 2004 they released a live DVD entitled London Elektricity: Live Gravy, which was filmed in October 2003 at the Jazz Café.[11]

2005 saw the release of their third album, Power Ballads, using the same line-up as the live band.[12] London Elektricity announced at Pressure (the University of Warwick's drum and bass event) on 2 December 2005 that they had no plans to play live in future. They were joined on stage for the announcement by former member Chris Goss. As of 2006 Tony Colman now produces and DJs drum and bass solo under the name of London Elektricity.[13]

Colman presents the Hospital Records podcast produced by Matt Riley at Hospital HQ. It generally features many releases from Hospital Records, and a wide spectrum of drum and bass from around the globe. The podcast recently won 'Best Podcast' at the BT Digital Music Awards, and has over 30,000 downloads a show.[14] The podcast regularly involves special guests who are signed to Hospital records such as Logistics.

In 2007, London Elektricity won the BBC 1Xtra Xtra Bass award for best live act.[15][16] London Elektricity's fourth album, Syncopated City was released in September 2008.[17] The month before this marked his Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1.

London Elektricity's fifth album, Yikes! was released in April 2011.[18]

His sixth album was released in November 2015, called "Are We There Yet?".[19] This album is also released in a deluxe version, this box contains 2 gatefold EP's, A CD, artwork postcards and a custom molded USB stick.[20]

Influences[edit]

According to his MySpace page, Tony Colman's influences include a large array of musicians, such as Talking Heads, Fela Kuti, Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, Led Zeppelin, and others. Jazz, soul, Latin, dub, rock, and punk[21] are present in many of London Elektricity's songs, such as "Rewind", "Attack Ships on Fire", "South Eastern Dream", "Do You Believe" (and its Dub version, "Dub You Believe"), "Main Ingredient", "Remember the Future", "Round the Corner", and "Song in the Key of Knife" (featuring an Acoustic bass line).

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

DJ Mixes[edit]

Live albums[edit]

  • 2004 – Live Gravy
  • 2006 – Live at the Scala

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 2006 – Medical History
  • 2007 – The Best of London Elektricity

Remix albums[edit]

  • 2006 – Facelift The Remixes
  • 2011 – Yikes! Remixes!!

Singles and EPs[edit]

  • 1996 – "Sister Stalking / "Brother Ignoramus"
  • 1997 – "Ultrasound"
  • 1998 – "Pull The Plug" / Dirty Dozen"
  • 1998 – "Song In The Key Of Knife" / "Theme From The Land Sanction"
  • 1999 – "Rewind" / "Rewound"
  • 1999 – "Rewind (Acoustic Edit)" / "Dub You Believe"
  • 2000 – "Wishing Well" / "Elektric D-Funk"
  • 2000 – "Round The Corner"
  • 2001 – "My Dreams" (vs Robert Owens)
  • 2002 – "Cum Dancing" / "Down Low"
  • 2003 – "Billion Dollar Gravy" / "Harlesden"
  • 2004 – "Live At The Jazz Cafe"
  • 2005 – "The Strangest Secret In The World (45 Edit)" b/w "Pussy Galore"
  • 2005 – "The Mustard Song"
  • 2005 – "Hanging Rock"
  • 2006 – "Remember the Future"
  • 2008 – "All Hell Is Breaking Loose"
  • 2008 – "Syncopated City"
  • 2008 – "Attack Ships On Fire" / "South Eastern Dream"
  • 2011 – "Elektricity Will Keep Me Warm" / "The Plan That Cannot Fail"
  • 2011 – "Meteorites" (feat. Elsa Esmeralda)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Friction (2 November 2015). "Friction's Radio 1 Show: London Elektricity and Loadstar". Friction's BBC Radio 1 Show: London Elektricity and Loadstar (Interview). Interview with Friction. Retrieved 6 November 2015.  (35 minutes in)
  2. ^ Kmag (11 May 2011). "London Elektricity Interview". Kmag. Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  3. ^ Muzu Team (2 July 2014). "Hospital Records: We Are 18 – London Elektricity Interview". Muzu.TV. Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  4. ^ Judge, Jules (25 January 2013). "Judge Jules VS. London Elektricity: The Interview". Big Shot Magazine. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  5. ^ Clarke, Paul (4 July 2003). "We examine Hospital Records". BBC. Archived from the original on 11 August 2003. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  6. ^ Future Music (26 February 2016). "Classic album: London Elektricity on Pull The Plug". Music Radar. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  7. ^ The DJ list. "London Elektricity". The DJ list. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Resident Advisor (2 November 2012). "Bass Drop presents London Elektricity feat. Dynamite MC at Factory Theatre". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  9. ^ Hospitality (26 January 2015). "In the Spotlight: London Elektricity". hospitalitydnb.com. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  10. ^ Laurent (20 August 2007). "Plug in London Elektricity for 50,000 Watts of pure funk!". Spinscience.org.uk. Archived from the original on 20 August 2007. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  11. ^ Discogs. "London Elektricity – Live Gravy". Discogs. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  12. ^ James (15 May 2015). "Dusting Off... London Elektricity's Power Ballads". HMV. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  13. ^ Toupee, Nic (8 January 2007). "London Elektricity: Learning to change nappies". inthemix. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  14. ^ iZotope. "Stories from a Pro: London Elektricity". iZotope. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  15. ^ BBC (2007). "BBC - 1Xtra - XtraBass Awards 2007". BBC. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  16. ^ Willis, Daniel (23 September 2011). "London Elektricity - Faux". Faux. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  17. ^ Tryggvason, Karl (22 October 2008). "RA Reviews: London Elektricity - Syncopated City". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  18. ^ Radio Monash (29 May 2011). "Interview with London Elektricity". Radio Monash. Retrieved 2014-09-16. 
  19. ^ https://www.hospitalrecords.com/shop/release/london-elektricity/nhs280-are-we-there-yet
  20. ^ https://www.discogs.com/London-Elektricity-Are-We-There-Yet/release/7762965
  21. ^ Hospital Records – London Elektricity. Hospitalrecords.com. Retrieved on 2012-12-13.

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Interviews[edit]