Lime Cordiale and Idris Elba return to share the iconic Fatboy Slim remix of Holiday. Currently in the midst of a 26-date UK and European tour, Idris recently joined Lime Cordiale on stage for their headline performance at the Electric Ballroom in London.
“Fatboy Slim is one of our all-time favourite artists and one that we have always thought was timeless. Holiday is a crowd pleaser at any party, and it’s always been in our set list at our DJ sets so when Idris mentioned Fatboy was interested in remixing one of our tunes, we couldn’t believe it, and all agreed it had to be Holiday. The remix has that classic 90s aesthetic that we grew up with, a nostalgic twist on our own recording,” says Oli Leimbach of the remix.
Cordi Elba, released in January of this year, debuted at #9 on the ARIA album chart and spawned the hit singles Apple Crumble and What’s Not To Like, which landed at #14 and #41 on the triple j hottest 100 respectively.
About Cordi Elba
Lime Cordiale and Idris Elba’s partnership began when Lime Cordiale asked if Idris wanted to guest on a new version of Lime Cordiale’s Unnecessary Things – a song that first surfaced on the Relapse reissue of their 2020 No.1 album 14 Steps To A Better You. Idris did his research and was instantly sold. “I listened to them on Spotify, fell in love with them very quickly,” he says.
The Luther, The Wire, Thor, The Suicide Squad and Mandela star didn’t know it, but he was already in Lime Cordiale’s orbit – the duo regularly blasted Idris’ 2019 hit Boasty backstage before each show. Once the new version of Unnecessary Things was finished, this new partnership hit a creative streak and they kept on making more songs with Lime Cordiale’s longtime producer/co-writer David K Haddad.
Cordi Elba is a genuine creative collaboration with Oli, Louis and Dave. “We wrote everything together,” Oli says. “We were all writing lyrics – it wasn’t our music or his music, it was smack bang down the middle with every lyric.”
“I wanted to collaborate,” Idris adds. “We agreed about the vibe and the song was there. They were really open to ideas; it was an opportunity for me to write songs I normally wouldn’t write. Ultimately, this is a step into a new universe musically for me.”
A DJ since his teens – and long before he found success as an actor, Idris not only continues to spin from Coachella to Ibiza, he is also a musician, rapper and producer. Cordi Elba contains a first: he unveils his singing voice, encouraged by Oli and Louis “They filled me with a lot of confidence,” Idris admits. “I come from a DJ background, have always rapped, but never considered myself a singer. They encouraged me to put vocals down, I didn’t expect to be singing.”