Hot For Your Love Tonight: Deep soulful house freed from the DJ booth
“The future of house music…you have to see them live.”
Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 1, UK
“Imagine your favorite house DJ as a live band, making deep house music as danceable as a classic groove, and you’ll get a sense of what a Tortured Soul set is like.”
San Francisco Chronicle
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Writing tunes to insight honeymoons, Tortured Soul presents some of our most beloved dance classics as well as a couple new offerings! Check them out!
Tortured Soul is 100% LIVE modern, deep, soulful, house music 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 songwriter, John-Christian Urich, can be seen simultaneously drumming and singing with effortless mastery, while bassist Jordan Scannella, and keyboardist Isamu McGregor virtuosically generate the pulsating rhythm and melodic joy.
Likened to The Roots of house music, Tortured Soul’s sound is reminiscent of neo-soul groups like Jamiroquai or Brand New Heavies, while also being deeply saturated in the contemporary freshness of house purveyors like Joey Negro, Kenny Dope, Soul Clap and Disclosure.
Tortured Soul began back when John-Christian Urich was leading the seminal acid jazz outfit Cooly’s Hot Box; he was looking to create a project to feature not only his songs, but his vocals. The result was his single ‘Might Do Something Wrong’ , which was quickly picked up by New York-based deep house label Central Park Recordings, and Tortured Soul was born. It became a staple among DJs across the globe and racked up major radio play – climbing all the way to #1 on Kaya FM in South Africa. This early success helped jumpstart the development of a full-length disc generating more soulful house with a new cool sound that blended freewheeling New York house and classic disco beats with elements of hip-hop, salsa and Roy Ayers-styled jazz-fusion.
For 2006’s debut LP Introducing Tortured Soul, the band combined their earlier singles with a few new studio additions, which moved legendary tastemaker Gilles Peterson to declare the band “the future of house music.” The follow-up album, 2009’s Did You Miss Me, released on the band’s own label, TSTC Records, ushered in a new wave of critical acclaim from music publications like Blues and Soul, SoulBounce, and SoulTracks who described the album as “one immaculate danceable tune after another.”
With a new album, Hot For Your Love Tonight, burning up dance floors with songs like the heartfelt ‘I’ll Be There For You’, the Deep House-flavored ‘Don’t Lead Me On’ and the seductively catchy album title cut sandwiched among some Tortured Soul recent stunners including the hot-under-the-collar ‘Dirty’ and the beautiful disco groove ‘Can’t Keep Rhythm From A Dancer’ Tortured Soul shows no signs of stopping. The future is now. Tortured Soul will make you move. Tortured Soul will make you work. Tortured Soul will make you Fall In Love.
The future of house music…you have to see them live. Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 1, UK. Imagine your favourite house DJ as a live band, making deep house music as danceable as a classic groove and you’ll get a sense of what a Tortured Soul set is like.
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More acclaim for Tortured Soul:
“Sounds like [something] I’d wake up to on a Saturday morning when the sun is coming through the window…There aren’t enough people [like this] singing about love and honesty.” – Lenny Kravitz in Vibe Magazine
“Uber-soulful…the dance floor filled up instantly as Christian, Ethan and Jason collectively thrilled the soul-seekers.” – Urb Magazine
“Tortured Soul…create blissed-out tracks that curl around your head like cigarette smoke.” – XLR8R
“Three New York City musicians are challenging the idea that dance music is just for baby-faced adrenaline junkies…” – Denver Post
“Tortured Soul are one of the few live house bands who can get crowds out of the stand-around-and-watch mode and up and dancing.” – NOW Magazine, Toronto
“…the best – and also the best-received act…These guys should think about coming back to Indonesia at a later date, they could clean up.” – Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Indonesia “One of NYC’s best kept secrets” – Rhythmism.com