Colman beatology 

London Elektricity
Melody Inn
Tuesday, April 3, 10 p.m.

The U.K.’s London Elektricity (aka Tony Colman) certainly wears his musical influences on his sleeve. From the Talking Heads to Stevie Wonder to Kraftwerk to Chic and Parliament, as well as his own stint in a live jazz/funk combo, the proof is in his music. Melding the hyperactive beatology of drum and bass with such diverse elements makes for a much more accessible experience than just having your head rattled by the bassbins. His songs require smiles and a furious shaking of the booty not seen often by those familiar with the more aggressive end of drum and bass.

Colman’s college years familiarized him with the ins and outs of studio recording, where he began experimenting with electronic music while simultaneously teaching himself guitar and piano. Years of touring with his live band, Izit, coupled with multiple listens of Goldie’s drum and bass classic, “Timeless,” begot the funk-infused, uplifting sounds he is known for throughout the drum and bass world.

Not content with just making great music, Colman started Hospital Records with his (then) production partner, and they have now spread their funky drum and bass tastes throughout the planet.

London Elektricity will bring a signature soulful sound to the Melody Inn April 3. Expect staggering vocals, old school R&B, as heard through the ears of a robot, and deep, melodic basslines that give you no choice but to move your hips. This is music for the dance floor, but most importantly, for the heart and soul.

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