We've been waiting on this one for four years.... Hospital bossman Tony London Elektricity Coleman doesn't release music anywhere near as much as we'd like him to these days but, when he does, it's essential listening. His sixth artist album, Are We There Yet sees LE taking us back to the Hospital foundations as he eschews the larger, cinematic dramatics for deeper, soulful songs; Emer Dineen's vocals tremble delicately over sparse plucked bass and piano flurries on "Phase Us", Pete Simpson plays the consummate jazzman over whistling amens and vibrant keys on "Impossible To Say" while "Drop Ship" reminds us of Coleman's ability to go gully at the flick of a switch and "Tone Poem" is an instant flashback to the early 2000s when Hospital really started denting the scene with pneumatic tools that doctors and surgeons shouldn't really have access to. These are just four of the 14 highlights... London Elekricity has returned to form right here.
In case the original version isn't quite enough, or you've been waiting for new London Elektricity material for so long you want to make hay while his soulful sun shines, the deluxe version of his best album since Power Ballads contains seven addition tracks and versions. "A Beautiful Sadness" is an apt name for the bonus track as it trembles with poignant minor keys and powerful restraint. What follows is a series of versions that help to highlight Tony Coleman's musicality; the beatless and acoustic mixes are instant soothers that let the vocals of Emer Dineen and Pete Simpson really shine while the dubwise mix of "Seven Days To Live" echoes and shakes with such organic soul you have to wonder whether this was the original version before Tony shook it up to 170. Captivating.
Hospital boss London Elektricity returned to the release realm last year with this first album in four years... And his best album in well over 10 years. With the originals already doing the damage in all areas, he's passed the stems over to his Med School counterparts and given them the green light to reinterpret as they see fit. Highlights hang, swing and leap from every corner as the likes of Frederic Robinson switches "Seven Days To Live" into a futuristic synth soul frenzy, S.P.Y adds a touch more low-end grit to "Why Are We Here?", Kimyan Law flips "That Thing You Did" into a deep dream with some really interesting drum work and Rawtekk turn "Telefunken Lizard Filter" into a toxic, halftime swamp monster. With versions and VIPs from the likes of Keeno, Etherwood, Bop, Subwave and many more, this is less of a remix album and much more of a straight-up opus.
The Hospital crew bring their industry-topping heads together to belt out a charity single like no other. Featuring Diane Charlemagne, London Elektricity, S.P.Y and remixes from Nu:Tone and Lung, "I Am Somebody" has been created to raise money for Street Child World Cup, a global charity re-launching itself ahead of the Rio World Cup to take young people from the streets and give them the hope and opportunity to start a new life. It's uplifting, it's bright, it features some of the biggest names in drum & bass right now and it's for an excellent cause. What other reasons do you need to buy this single?
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