Idris Elba is no stranger to music, but now he’s blending that talent with his Golden Globe-winning performance on Luther to create a full-length album. Tuesday, Elba released a compilation of songs inspired by his character Detective John Luther called Murdah Loves John on iTunes.
“Murdah Loves John is an extension of my massive fantasy to be a musician,” Elba told EW at a recent panel screening of Luther in New York City. “When I did Mandela, I made an album called Me Mandela, and Murdah Loves John is the second sort of installation of my music. I’m trying to give my fans and people that love film and music a very interesting perspective into both worlds. Murdah Loves John is eight tracks that really sort of explore being a murder detective and someone that is a murderer that is in love with a detective. That’s what the album is about.”
Elba has been teasing tracks from the album for about a month, first releasing the video for the title track featuring Wretch 32 and Shakka, and last week he posted the rock-inspired “Sinner Man” featuring Tom Meighan of Kasabian. The eight-song album also houses appearances by Fabienne and Greighwolfe.
Reporting by Amy Wilkinson