US soulful house trio Tortured Soul are proof that modern EDM 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 at the age of 39.
Tastemaker Gilles Peterson has dubbed them the future of house music'. Led by drummer/vocalist and songwriter John Christian Urich, delivering four-on-the-floor beats topped by a Maxwell-like falsetto, this band plays seamless all original club classics, always with poppy hooks. The new album opens with the ultra cool I'll Be There For You'. Other highlights include the driving EDM vibe of Don't Lead Me On' and the handclap-catchy title cut I Know What's On Your Mind' was written and co-produced by J. Christian and Ethan with South Africa's house music legend Black Coffee, and the Chic-like Can't Keep Rhythm from A Dancer' has received extensive airplay, including from the UK's BBC Radio 2, Jazz FM and Mi-Soul.
The band are constantly touring - with European dates in May 2015 that include the Southport Weekender, London, Vienna, Hamburg and Prague. They are regular visitors to Italy, South Africa and South East Asia. It's quite likely they will be visiting your city in 2015/2016