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: