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Title track, ‘1968’ is the perfect introduction to the forthcoming EP as lead singer Ruby’s vocals soar over a wall of subtle, yet monumental instrumentation.
A surprising yet assured signing by Circus Records, a label who are more associated with bruising bass than the elegant tones of Submotion Orchestra, label co-founder Flux Pavilion declared his love for the band, which soon led to them signing to Circus, reinstating the label’s ethos of releasing only the highest quality music, regardless of genre.
Flux Pavilion says “to release Submo on Circus is amazing, I’ve always been a big fan of their music.”
Amongst a current trend in EDM, Submotion Orchestra offers a soothing influence that has been praised by the likes of The Guardian and The Times. Leeds’s finest will be embarking on a European tour next month, including a date at London’s prestigious Koko on the 15th November as well dates in Prague and Bratislava.
For full listings of Submotion Orchestra’s European tour head to their Facebook page.
Leeds based duo Voyeur spent early 2012 carving their name on the remix circuit, with reworks for Bombay Bicycle Club and Santigold gaining tastemaker support from the likes of Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Rob da Bank, Dummy and XLR8R.
Their first original output, due on 26th November via Kerri Chandler’s new MadTech imprint, is the sultry ‘Blame It On The Youth’, an 8-minute lo-slung epic. Perfect listening for the impending autumnal evenings, it fuses jazz chords and emotive vocal yelps with a genuine sonic weight, showcasing somewhat of a detachment from their previous Balearic offerings.
On the flipside comes an edit from Kerri Chandler himself, who, upon hearing the track, insisted on adding his own interpretation to the package. Retaining much of the original, Kerri displays a new side to his productions and creates a dance-floor ready cut that will surely become a staple in his future sets. The tribal bounce of ‘Get Up’ completes the digital bundle.
Having already supported Disclosure at their London EP launch and appeared at Dimensions and Gottwood festivals over the summer, Voyeur will support Submotion Orchestra this month, before playing their own EP launch party at The Nest in London on 10th November, featuring a special line-up curated by themselves which will be announced over the coming weeks. Following this, the duo will appear on the seminal Boiler Room on 22nd November.
Bass, rhythm and soul are still paramount, but from the first few bars of ‘Intro’, with it’s Philip Glass-meets Penguin Cafe pianos, it’s clearly evident that the band have broadened their musical palate. It’s also also clear they’ve made this expansion sound effortlessly captivating – ready to melt minds and bassbins alike.
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1. All Yours – Submotion Orchestra
2. All Yours (Jack Sparrow remix) – Submotion Orchestra
3. All Yours (SeeMore Productions) – Submotion Orchestra
CAT: EXEC 150
RELEASE DATE: 21st MARCH 2011
‘It blew me away…Somewhere between Cinematic Orchestra and dubstep – just right!’ – Gilles Peterson
Following the success of their debut release, Finest Hour, Submotion Orchestra proudly present their new release All yours, a powerful yet delicate track showcasing to the full their many splendored musical talents. Destined to extend their growing reputation far beyond dubstep circles “All yours” is quite simply magical
Accompanying the original version are two mighty remixes. The first one comes courtesy of dubstep don Jack Sparrow, whose Circadian LP and other releases on Tectonic, Mad Decent and Wall of Sound have resulted in him carving out an enviable reputation. The charm of “All yours” seems to have rubbed off on Mr Sparrow who sets aside his own often more crunchy persona to deliver a remix of great depth and beauty.
Also on Remix duties are SeeMore Productions, who bring a slightly more relaxed feel to the song, skillfully blending a suggestion of hip hop rhythms with some ultra subtle Detroit style instrumentation. Not much is known about this anglo US outfit but with remix credits including Foreign Beggars and Slum Village you can be sure that the track is in safe hands.
Submotion Orchestra draw on dubstep, soul, ambient electronica, jazz and dub and have rapidly built a significant reputation as one of the most intriguing ensembles to surface in the last 12 months. Their deep bass driven grooves combine with an ethereal piano, a plangent trumpet, and deft percussion to create the perfect setting for the fragile beauty of Ruby Wood’s vocals and the celestial electronics of sound designer Ruckspin.
Their debut release, the Finest Hour EP lit up the world of the musical digerati unleashing torrents of Twittery and some heavy Facebook action. It also brought the ensemble to the attention of Gilles Peterson, who instantly became a believer. Mucho play on Mr Petersons show ensued, Finest hour was licensed to his Brownswood Bubblers series – a series which had already featured Jamie Woon, Flying Lotus and Floating Points – and the ultimate accolade, a Radio 1 Live at Maida Vale session
The Orchestra are also very much a live band. In 2010 numerous appearances in their hometown of Leeds plus some judiciously selected club dates further afield followed by some prime festival slots (Big Chill, Latitude, Outlook and Bestival) brought them an ever growing group of fans. They embark on their first ever full nationwide tour on 9 March playing London’s Jazz Café (19th March) and 12 other dates around the country.