Tortured Soul – Hot For Your Love

US soulful house trio Tortured Soul are proof that modern soulful house music can be freed from the DJ booth.  Influenced by such classic artists as Prince, Heatwave and Kool & The Gang, the band deliver their third  cool, groove-centred album, dedicated to the memory of keyboard player and founding member Ethan White, who passed away suddenly in March in New Orleans at the age of 39.
 
Tastemaker Gilles Peterson has dubbed them “the future of house music”.  Led by drummer/vocalist Christian Urich, delivering four-on-the-floor beats topped by a Maxwell-like falsetto, this band plays seamless club classics, always with poppy hooks.
 
The new album - their third - opens with the ultra cool “I’ll Be There For You”.  Other highlights include the deep house of “Don’t Lead Me On” and the handclap-catchy title cut, both of which are co-written with bass player Jordan Scannella.  
 
“I Know What’s On Your Mind” was written and co-produced by Christian and Ethan with South Africa’s house music legend Black Coffee, and the Chic-like “Can’t Keep Rhythm from A Dancer” was playlisted in the UK by Jazz FM.
 
The band have recently shot a video in Los Angeles for “Don’t Lead Me On”, which features a cameo by J’Something, vocalist with South African house trio Mi Casa.

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