They’re one of the biggest and most entertainingly dynamic stage presences to take to the musical world, let alone drum and bass. Whether it’s Hospital Records head honcho Tony Colman running around stage shredding solos on his guitar, or Lianne Carroll blasting out powerful jazz harmonies, a London Elektricity Big Band performance is full throttle immersive energy from start to finish.
Last year the LEBB became a world first after bringing vocalists Lianne Carroll, Emer Dineen, MC Dynamite and a 12-piece brass band together for an exclusive performance at Hospitality In The Park, the recording of which was released as a live album on 100 unique USB sticks.
With 2017 drawing to a close, the band has snowballed into a well-oiled machine planting flags across Europe with an updated 22-piece brass band that has conducted stage takeovers at major festivals such as Let It Roll and Glastonbury.
This Friday, Hospital Records will be releasing a brand new LEBB live album recorded from the band’s performance at this year’s Pohoda Festival in Slovakia – one that Tony Colman considers to have been the stand out performance of the whole tour.
“I've been gigging with various bands throughout my adult life, been lucky enough to DJ at amazing D+B parties for the last 21 years and this year we toured the London Elektricity Big Band. All the gigs were amazing in their own way but the show at Pohoda Festival takes the biscuit. It was many levels higher than any show I've ever been involved with. Let’s hope there's even better to come!”
The LP will be released on a limited edition orange London Elektricity lighting bolt USB stick, which will be packaged in a custom designed foil-printed box available exclusively from Hospital Records’ online shop.
The twelve track LP includes material from across the entire London Elektricity discography – from delving back to the origins with the 1999 release of “Song In The Key Of Knife”, to the classic 2005 power ballad “Remember The Future” and a first-ever live rendition of “Syncopated City Revisited” released in 2008.
After the band’s first live album staggeringly sold out in less than four minutes, it’s inevitable that the forthcoming USB is going to sell out even quicker.
You can grab a grab a copy of the album from the Hospital Records online shop on Friday, and then on New Year’s Day you can catch London Elektricity at Printworks. The Hospital Records boss also appears at Shockout in February, heading down South to the Royal Bath & West Showground.
Photo courtesy of London Elektricity
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