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In the Spotlight: London Elektricity

Supporting the scene for nearly two decades, curator of the longstanding label Hospital Records and forward-thinking music imprint Med School is Tony Colman, better known as London Elektricity.

Although, what is now a solo project has also taken on several other forms in the past. Beginning as a production duo, Tony alongside Chris Goss released their debut album “Pull the Plug” back in 1999. Inspired by a wave of internet addiction, pulling together elements of  disco, jazz and funk. The album featured Hastings-based vocalist Lianne Carol on “Rewind” – a track inspired by the sounds of 4 Hero’s remix of “Blackgold Of The Sun”.

 

Four years on and with Chris deciding to focus more on managing the label, album number two came along as the first solo London Elek project. Tony grabbed the bull by the horns and unveiled  ”Billion Dollar Gravy”, a melting pot of influences resulting in carefully thought out arrangement and soulful instrumentation, London Elektricity had become fully immersed in a unique branch of break-beat fantasia – “Fast Soul Music”.

 

 

It was during the recording of “Billon Dollar Gravy” that the idea was sparked to create a live band with session musicians Andy Waterworth, Landslide, the Jungle Drummer and Robert Owens amongst others, with vocalists MC Wrec, Liane Carroll and Diane Charlemagne also performing alongside.

 

 

London Elektricity Live continued until 2005, with the third full studio album “Power Ballads” incorporated into their performances.  Recognised for delivering only the most powerful and soulful D+B with standout track “The Strangest Secret in the World” gaining huge support from BBC Radio 1′s Annie Mac and Zane Lowe.  London Elektricity continued to go from strength to strength as an artist and performer, all the while overseeing the ever-growing roster of Hospital Records artists.

 

 

Fast-forwarding to 2008, which saw the release of Tony’s fourth studio album “Syncopated City” including the iconic “Just One Second”, which giving way to the anthemic Apex remix. Released as part of “Sick Music” in 2009 and still guaranteed to uplift every single member of a dance-floor, a true D+B classic.

 

 

A multi-tasking master whilst managing to ace the balancing act of a world-wide D+B imprint, countless weekends of tours and regularly hosting the award-winning Hospital podcast, Mr Colman has squeezed in some time to start work on his fifth album. With three years passed since the incredible “Yikes”, there are exciting times ahead as London Elek is buried deep in the studio, carefully creating his next D+B masterpiece. Lucky for some, just before Tony locks himself away he’ll be heading across the UK throughout February for Hospitality, check out the full dates below:

 

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Posted 26th January 2015 in Blog, Features

Hospitality at Building Six 06.02.15: Kimyan Law

It’s a rare thing catching a stripped-back DJ set at bass-pounding venue Building Six. It’s an even rarer thing getting to witness the first UK appearance from an artist who’s effortlessly opening the eyes and ears of every listener with his minimalistic and organic take on drum and bass.

Kimyan Law, a perfect fit for no-fuss, no-frills music output “Blu Mar Ten Music” and one of the newest pieces of the puzzle alongside Frederic Robinson, Stray and Ed:It. Last November uncovered the hidden treasure “Coeur Calme” – twenty-year-old Nico Mpunga’s debut album and drum and bass’ best kept secret. An LP quiet and transfixing yet speaking volumes. Hypnotic, intriguing and consistent in sound whilst thoroughly exploring the hidden depths of D+B. A display of Nico’s ability to convey an array of ideas and imagery through his production; no doubt a skill developed from his many other talents as an avid painter, video director and graphic designer.

 

Hey Nico, are you looking forward to Building Six? Anyone you’re looking forward to seeing while you’re there?

I’m definitely looking forward to it. I have never been to the venue so I’m even more curious.

Apart from Chris BMT and Fracture, definitely Dub Phizix and Strategy. I’ve got to admit I’m a big fan of theirs.

 

You discovered electronic music pretty early on, around the age of 12. How were you initially introduced to it? Did you always have a love for drum and bass or is this something that your music evolved towards naturally?

At first, I experienced loads of minimal house/garage, but since I got into drum and bass I continually tried to recreate what I’d heard. It was hard at the beginning, because no one in my environment seemed to have a clue how electronic music was produced.

 

We’re big fans of ‘Copperclock’ at Hospital, having released it as part of our Hospitality 2015 compilation. Are you constantly inspired by objects around you as well as the many instruments that you play?

Thank you; yes definitely. I have a constant urge to create rhythms anytime, anywhere and the nice part about this is that you can use literally everything! I play about 7 different instruments – djembe, cahon, kalimba (thumb guitar), drum set, piano and a few percussive instruments. I think the most prominent is the kalimba. The most unusual object I’ve used was probably a few kilos of frozen earth, on ’Solange’. (Available as part of “Coeur Calme”, see HERE.)

 

Your Slumber Session mix incorporates a huge range of music. Which other musicians or genres have been the biggest inspiration on your own sound? 

In genres I think Jazz, Orchestral, Drum & Bass and Ambient. Speaking of musicians I would say Amon Tobin, Burial, Culprate, Radiohead and tons of other people.

 

It seems as though there are a lot of cinematic influences in your music, is film a big influence on your sound?

I wouldn’t say film, but film music / soundtracks in general. They were always one of the biggest influences on my projects and me. A movie would have hardly any impact on the audience without a soundtrack, without sound design. Of the movies I’ve recently watched, Interstellar has a great one.

 

Find out more HERE.

You can see Kimyan Law in action for his debut UK set at Building Six on the 6th of February.

Very limited tickets left.

 

 

Event Link HERE // Ticket Link HERE

Posted 26th January 2015 in Blog, Interviews

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