English electronic producer,
co-founder and CEO of Hospital Records, London Elektricity (Tony
Colman), continues to push the boundaries of drum & bass with the release
of his seventh studio album ‘Building Better Worlds’ – a sprawling 14
track project created as a direct reaction to the world we live in.
“Combined with a healthy dose of sci-fi utopianism”, the LP is
teeming with chaotic breakbeat patterns and heady sub-bass – a captivating
example of Colman’s ability to connect underground club culture to a
Opening with the orchestral melodies of ‘Final View From The Rooftops’, the LP
careens into the frenzied rhythms of ‘Kubrik’s View’ before transporting the
listener to a sprawling city in the sky on ‘Funkpolis’ – “part Alfred
Hitchcock, part Metropolis”. A kaleidoscope of jagged horns and seething
synth lines, ‘Building Better Worlds’ enlists the help of a number of
talented musicians, including MC and rapper Inja, Elsa
Esmeralda, Emer Dineen and Cydnei B.
Beginning work on the album in October 2017, Colman reconnected with friend and
photographer Ben Beech, who was working on a photographic series
documenting derelict locations in Japan, Taiwan and China. “There is a
culture in East Asia of leaving empty, unclaimed and derelict buildings intact,
subject only to natural decay” Colman explains. “Ben has specialised
in documenting this, and the resulting images resonated in my mind straight
away. The duality of beauty and melancholia within appeals to me immensely.
What has been, what could have been, and what will be. A sense of nature taking
Responsible for some of Hospital’s biggest records, such as ‘Billion Dollar
Gravy’, ‘Different Drum’ and ‘Just One Second’, London Elektricity has
amassed a dedicated fan base as both a producer and DJ. His debut
album ‘Pull The Plug’ was released on Hospital Records in 1999 to critical
acclaim, with the artist now celebrating 21 years on the drum & bass
‘Building Better Worlds’ is yet another indication of London Elektricity’s irrefutable talent.