The musical collaboration between Australia’s foremost indie dance pop outfits Lime Cordiale and iconic and enigmatic British actor Idris Elba is at first blush one of the most outlandish concepts imaginable. Following the fabulous single ‘Apple Crumble’ released last month, the dynamic paring have just released the brilliant track ‘What’s Not To Like’ as another tasty sample of an EP – ‘Cordi Elba’ – due out on 14 January 2022.
One listen to the results removes any doubt whatsoever about such an unprecedented coupling. Elba brings a cheeky chappie persona to the music with his laconic charm and wit – I am reminded of Madness sometimes in the delivery, inflected as it is with a droll cockney twang – and his vocals are diamond encrusted velvet: an element of barbed-wire roughage added to a smooth and luxurious tenor. Lime Cordiale are purveyors of indelible dance-inflected pop. The mix results in an explosive chemistry that can barely be contained in one dimension.
It’s almost too cool and loveable to bear – but an utterly enjoyable pop collaboration that is anthemic, melodic and filled with such a sense of joy. Elba says of the track:
It’s a song about finding who you really are and not chasing who you think people want you to be. It is a driver’s seat singer classic.
Directed and produced by Ken Weston, the video is enthralling with an infectious humour and grace. Oli from Lime Cordiale says:
This music video was really driven by Idris. Louis and I suggested an animated clip, seeing as we’re on the other side of the world and Idris doesn’t exactly have the most free schedule, but Idris pushed us to find a green screen studio. The song is about the different versions of ourselves so Idris talked us through this concept of his.
We received Idris’ footage first and then we had to somehow match his performance! God, he just looks so good on the screen! How could we possibly look that good! Ken Weston who is working on our live video content for the album tour was amazing and putting all this together. It ain’t easy working with two teams on different continents.
The unbridled pop mechanics of this single are euphoric and illustrious with it’s singalong choruses and suave delivery. What a way to enter the festive season:
‘What’s Not To Like’? Absolutely nothing. Elba for the next James Bond, I say (and maybe Lime Cordiale can do the theme song?).
The single is available to download/stream here and you can preorder the EP here, and is out through Chugg Music and 7Wallace Music. Spoiler alert: I have listed to the EP and it is simply magnificent. Watch out for my review.
Lime Cordiale are about to embark on an epic tour covering Australia, the UK and Europe – see details below.
Lime Cordiale tour dates – tickets on sale now here.
AUSTRALIAN FESTIVAL DATES
Saturday 4 December | Party in The Apocalypse, Churchill Park TAS
Sunday 26 December | Wildlands, Brisbane QLD
Monday 27 December | Le Currents Festival, Riverside Park NZ
Friday 31 December | Beyond The City, Melbourne VIC
UK + EUROPE HEADLINE TOUR
Friday 14 January | The Garage, London UK – SOLD OUT
Saturday 15 January | Electric Ballroom, London UK
Monday 17 January | Phoenix, Exeter UK
Tuesday 18 January | Bristol Academy, Bristol UK
Wednesday 19 January | O2 Institute, Birmingham UK
Thursday 20 January | O2 Academy, Manchester UK
Friday 21 January | The Academy, Dublin IE
Saturday 22 January | At the Garage, Glasgow UK
Monday 24 January | O2 Academy, Sheffield UK
Tuesday 25 January | O2 Academy, Oxford UK
Wednesday 26 January | Patterns, Brighton UK
Thursday 27 January | Boule Noire, Paris FR
Friday 28 January | AB, Brussels BE
Saturday 29 January | Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL
Sunday 30 January | Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam NL
Monday 31 January | Luxor, Cologne DE
Tuesday 1 February | Bahnhof St. Pauli, Hamburg DE
Thursday 3 February | Krøsset, Oslo NO
Friday 4 February | Nalen Klubb, Stockholm SE
Saturday 5 February | Hotel Cecil, Copenhagen DK
Tuesday 8 February | Frannz Club, Berlin DE
Wednesday 9 February | Futurum, Prague CZ
Thursday 10 February | Fluc, Vienna AT
Friday 11 February | Strom, Munich DE
Saturday 12 February | Papiersaal, Zurich CH
Monday 14 February | Legend, Milan IT
Wednesday 16 February | La Mau, Barcelona ES
Thursday 17 February | El Sol, Madrid ES
Saturday 19 February | Zoom, Frankfurt DE
Presented by Chugg Entertainment, Frontier Touring, Chugg Music & Select Music
W/- special guests Teenage Dads, Illuka (all states) + Dulcie (WA only)
Thursday 7 April | Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, WA
Friday 8 April | Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth, WA
Tuesday 12 April | Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 20 April | Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW – SOLD OUT
Thursday 21 April | Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 27 April | Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW ** NEW SHOW
Friday 6 May | Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
THE SQUEEZE 2022
Lime Cordiale. Thelma Plum. Client Liaison. The VANNS. merci, mercy. Teenage Dads. Beddy Rays*
Saturday 2 April | Hall Park, Mandurah, WA
Saturday 9 April | Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge, SA
Sunday 10 April | a day on the green, Peter Lehmann Wines, Barossa, SA**
Saturday 16 April | a day on the green, Mt Duneed Estate, Geelong, VIC**
Saturday 23 April | Conolly Park, Wagga Wagga, NSW
Sunday 24 April | a day on the green, Heifer Station, Orange, NSW**
Saturday 30 April | Bella Vista Farm, The Hills, NSW
Sunday 1 May | Park Beach Reserve, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Saturday 7 May | Sandstone Point Hotel, Sandstone Point, QLD
Sunday 8 May | Kingston Butter Factory, Logan, QLD
Saturday 14 May | Riverway Stadium, Townsville, QLD
Sunday 15 May | Cairns Showground, Cairns, QLD
*Replacing The VANNS in Cairns and Townsville only
** a day on the green shows presented in association with Roundhouse Entertainment