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London Elektricity

Billion Dollar Gravy

Hospital

This has been one of the hardest records to write about, and I'm honestly not sure if that's because it defies description or because it's just too bland. Certainly London Elektricity have gained some critical acclaim in their home country -- The Face, Record Mirror, Time Out, NME and The Big Issue all appear to believe to greater or lesser degrees that they hung the moon.

London Elektricity is trying to make "real music in drum+bass," according to their former record company, anyway. And who should know better, considering that front man Tony Coleman and his former partner Chris Goss were the founders and "backbone" of that label?

God love them for trying, they've got some work ahead of them.

The trouble with drum'n'bass as a fertile grounding for music is that it is, almost by definition, one of the least-soulful styles around. It pushes forward at breakneck speed and would never deign to stop for something as un-cool as a groove.

Hospital Records: http://www.hospitalrecords.com/