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London Elektricity

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Origin  London, United Kingdom
Labels  Hospital Records
Record label  Hospital Records
Years active  1996–present
Website  londonelektricity.com
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Associated acts  Peter Nice Trio, Dwarf Electro, Orkestra Galactica, E.S.T., Funky N.A.S.A, Izit, Future Homosapiens, Landslide
Members  Tony Colman (production, keyboards)
Genres  Drum and bass, Liquid funk, Electronica, Breakbeat, Acid jazz
Albums  Syncopated City, Are We There Yet?, Power Ballads, Are We There Yet? (The Med, Weapons of Mass Creation

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Tony Colman, better known by his stage name London Elektricity, is a drum and bass producer and DJ. Colman is also the co-founder and CEO of Hospital Records.


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The first incarnation of London Elektricity was the duo Tony Colman and Chris Goss. 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, but it was their tune "Song In The Key Of Knife" under the guise London Elektricity that first gained them widespread recognition. In 1999, they released their debut album Pull the Plug on Hospital Records. 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.

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

2005 saw the release of their third album, Power Ballads, using the same line-up as the live band. 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.

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. 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. London Elektricity's fourth album, Syncopated City was released in September 2008. The month before this marked his Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1.

London Elektricity's fifth album, Yikes! was released in April 2011, followed by "Are We There Yet?" in November 2015.


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 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).

Studio albums

  • 1999 – Pull the Plug
  • 2003 – Billion Dollar Gravy
  • 2005 – Power Ballads
  • 2008 – Syncopated City
  • 2011 – Yikes!
  • 2015 – Are We There Yet?
  • DJ Mixes

  • 2006 – Hospitalised (with High Contrast & Cyantific)
  • 2010 – Hospitality Presents This Is Drum + Bass (with High Contrast)
  • Live albums

  • 2004 – Live Gravy
  • 2006 – Live at the Scala
  • 2017 - Live In The Park
  • Compilation albums

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

  • 2006 – Facelift The Remixes
  • 2011 – Yikes! Remixes!!
  • 2016 - Are We There Yet? The Med School Scans
  • Singles and EPs

  • 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

    London Elektricity Wikipedia

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