London Elektricity Billion Dollar Gravy
- Words: Chris Muniz
- Label: Hospital
The long-overdue follow-up to 1999's seminal Pull the Plug, Billion Dollar Gravy takes the leftfield aesthetic of the London Elektricity sound and fine-tunes it into an inspiring fusion of soul, funk, jazz and drum & bass. With an eye firmly on the dancefloor, Tony Colman (sans former L.E. partner, Chris Goss) cooks up an album that's heavy on the groove and all about the intricate textures that swim delicately in the background. Complemented by the silky vocals of Chicago's own Robert Owens and the spine-tingling Liane Carrol, Colman delivers the best drum & bass has to offer while still dipping into downtempo crossover mode with highly polished bits like "Main Ingredient," "My Dreams" and "To Be Me." Centered on oh-so-sweet basslines, crisp beats, strings and horns, it's easy to see why everyone from Fabio to Mr. Scruff are lining up for a piece of the action.
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