14/08/2012 10:41 BST

Idris Elba Collaborates With The Milk In 'Picking Up The Pieces' Video

Idris Elba, somewhat the modern master of crime drama, has made a slight divergence from acting and lent his East London vocals to Essex soul band The Milk's latest music video.

The Milk reached out to Elba, who also makes his own music, shortly after they were signed, hoping that he'd deliver a rap/monologue for a track on their debut album.

And Elba, who made made his name as Stringer Bell in The Wire and Luther in the BBC's crime drama, was such a fan of the track that he agreed.

The video (above) captures their one-take live session in Dean Street Studios, London.

The recorded version appears on the band's forthcoming album, Tales From The Thames Delta, out 3 September, and sees Elba give a fiery performance.

At the end of the track Elba simply says: "Nice one boys, that was wicked," in his usual cool manner.

The Milk, made up of lead vocalist Rick Nunn, brothers Mitch and Luke Ayling, and Dan Le Gresley, will release their next single, Chip The Kids, on 10 September.

Meanwhile, Elba is reportedly starring as Nelson Mandela in a forthcoming biopic and will also appear in a third series of Luther, and a spin-off film to follow.