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DOPE DISCO pres Tortured Soul (LIVE) on Wednesday 13th December 2017
Before DJs evolved into global superstars, musicians carried the baton. The Brooklyn-based dance trio Tortured Soul isn't trying to intently rewrite the logic of today's EDM with the sweat of their own musicianship, but they are living proof that the very same music can be freed from the DJ booth. Influenced by the classic songcraft of Prince, Heatwave and Kool & The Gang, the members of Tortured Soul are three distinctive guys with three different backgrounds, united under a groove-centered rhythm. The band's frontman and principal songwriter, John-Christian Urich, can be seen simultaneously drumming and singing with effortless mastery, while the rest of the collective, virtuosically generate the pulsating accompaniment. It's a striking visual that's feverously winning converts with each and every tour stop, with them being likened to The Roots of house music. Inside the group's mystique, the acid jazz is reminiscent of Jamiroquai funk, while deeply saturated in the contemporary freshness of house purveyors like Joey Negro, Kenny Dope, Soul Clap and Jamie Jones. Even the legendary tastemaker Gilles Peterson, dubbed them 'the future of house music.'
Tortured Soul's origins date back to 2001 while Urich was steering Cooly's Hot Box, an acid jazz outfit also featuring under-the-radar indie soul vocalist Angela Johnson. After putting Cooly's Hot Box on hiatus, Urich composed 'Might Do Something Wrong,' which was quickly picked up by New York-based deep house label Central Park Recordings, and Tortured Soul was born. Thanks to the cool laidback mix provided by Osunlade, the song quickly became an underground staple at the iconic Club Shelter and helped jumpstart the development of a full-length disc generating more soulful house. With the 12-inch single in heavy rotation in the New York club circuit, Urich went into overtime to restructure the band's line-up: The session players on 'Might Do Something Wrong' were out; bassist Jason 'JKriv' Kriveloff and slick, jazz-honed keyboardist Ethan White - formally Urich's bandmates in the rhythm section of NYC acid-jazz band Topaz - were in. Together, the new trio forged a new cool sound by blending the freewheeling New York house and classic disco beats with elements of hip-hop, salsa and Roy Ayers-styled jazz-fusion.
From the very start, Urich secured himself as a power player, composing the lion's share of material, delivering thick four-on-the-floor beats and using a smart vocal showcase fusing a Maxwell styled falsetto with Justin Timberlake-tinted lower register. But his bandmates were just as essential, killer vibes on the Wurlitzer and booty-shaking bass were neatly integrated into the mix.
Supporting Tortured Soul on the night will be Audio Dope a talented 2 piece LIVE act from Leicester, encompassingsing, Soul, Hip Hop and House providing a unique blend, of original and vibrant soulful melodies and deep jazzy grooves.
Also on DJ'ing duties will be CAZZ EAR from DOPE DISCO and TRIBE RECORDS
Music Genres: Disco, Funk, House, Jazz, Soul
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