Tortured Soul

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Tortured Soul (Brooklyn, Los Angeles)

“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


Tortured Soul’s sets ranges from an hour to two-hour marathon performances of continuous music…much like a DJ would mix seamlessly from one record to another. Comprised of entirely original material, no set is exactly the same since many of the song transitions and tracking are improvised.

 

Tortured Soul Social Media

www.torturedsoulmusic.com

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www.last.fm/music/Tortured+Soul

Songkick http://www.songkick.com/artists/2331 7,341 Followers  All shows are Integrated to the Believe Back Stage and Spotify from Songkick.

Bands In Town http://www.bandsintown.com/TorturedSoul 9,134 Trackers

Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/tortured_soul  6,809 Followers

 


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.

In 2004 Tortured Soul followed up with the now considered classic single ‘Enjoy It Now’ which was licensed to many compilation albums world wide.

 

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.SoulTracks further states: “Through constant touring around the world in front of steadily growing crowds Tortured Soul has gathered a substantial following — substantial enough that it is surprising to realize that the trio’s new release, Did You Miss Me?, is only its sophomore disc. And if the band’s debut Introducing Tortured Soul was the ultimate balancing act, teetering between the modern soul movement and the club, the new disc jumps off the fence with an unadulterated, persistent “shut up and dance” sound.

Home To You from 2009’s Did You Miss Me

 In 2012 Tortured Soul collaborated with Black Coffee, arguably the most prominent electronic music producer in Africa on the remarkable “I know Whats on Your Mind”

Released in 2015 , Hot For Your Love Tonight, burnt 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.

 

Released December 2016 Makin’ Me Better available now on Digital Stores!

Just in time for these trying times, Brooklyn-born, live, soulful, deep house trio, TORTURED SOUL, is keeping their promise to soothe our souls with some new music while continuing their presence on the road. First up is “Makin’ Me Better” – the first release since May 2015’s Hot For Your Love Tonight, it was written and recorded in Los Angeles while traversing such far reaches of the globe as South Africa and Kazakhstan.

Along with the original mix, written and produced by TS’s leader, John-Christian Urich, the release features remixes from Lea, Malachi, and Cryosis.

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Makin' Me Better on Starfleet Music Pool Breakouts for this week!A big thank you to all Tortured Soul Fans! Makin' Me Better has entered at #165 in iTunes Top 200 Releases United States of America Dance Chart!Tortured Soul “Making Me Better” Power Play on LRT Opus Lietuvos Nacionalinis Radijas Ir Televizija (Lithuanian National Radio and Television) Radio Feature!Thank you Tortured Soul fans! Makin' Me Better #128 iTunes Top Releases United States Top 200 Dance and #64-62 Czech Republic Top 200 Dance!Hey Indonesia! Just got word that our new single Tortured Soul "Makin' Me Better" is the 24th most downloaded song in Indonesia on iTunes Trending - all categories! Thank you for your support we look forward to seeing you live soon!Listen to Makin Me Better Malachi, Lea, and Cryosis Mixes on Traxsource! #RealHouseMusic ow.ly/JANt307SHhH Home Page What's Hot: Page #2 Weekly Hype Chart: Position #21 Soulful House Featured Release: Page #1 Soulful House Banner: Position #3 Soulful House Essentials: Position #3 Progressive House Featured Release: Page #1 Essentials: Position #22 “Makin’ Me Better” features the signature deep house TS sound - effortless melodies stretching from baritone to falsetto over a four-on-the-floor, meticulously-crafted, jazz-tinged canvas with strokes of Prince in the arrangement.Makin' Me Better has entered at #48 in Spotify Top 50 Viral Tracks United Kingdom All Genre Chart! Thank you for your support we look forward to seeing you live soon! Discover on Spotify! smarturl.it/makinmbspHot 10 Tortured Soul recaps, some of our favorite tracks from 2016 and a few further back too nice to not listen twice. Check out the Tortured Soul 2016 playback on Traxsource! ow.ly/lIKs307V4zXWriting tunes to insight honeymoons, Tortured Soul presents some of their most beloved dance classics as well as a couple new offerings! Check them out on Spotify!Makin' Me Better Cryosis Dub Mix #18 in Digital DJ Pool's House Chart! Click here: ow.ly/oVxj307WWRjMakin' Me Better has entered at #15 in iTunes Top Releases Sri Lanka Top 200 All Genre Chart! Thanks for your support! we look forward to seeing you live soon!Makin' Me Better #37 on Starfleet Music Pool Dance Chart!
Check out the review from Michael Fossati www.spiritofhouse.com : "Tortured Soul are back with their latest single "Makin' me better", with the original version and Malachi (Graham Lord) remix just released. Coming soon is this mind-blowing remix by Lea (Leanna Yip) taking this magnificent song to deepest imaginable territory, combining the incomparable emotive vocals of John-Christian Urich with luscious keys, heavenly chords and irresistibly pulsating rhythms, altogether creating a verily mesmerizing vibe guaranteed to send shivers down your spine..." Available this Friday from all of the Digital Stores.

TORTURED SOUL STARTS 2017 WITH A FRESH NEW SINGLE “U LIVE 2 FAR AWAY”  WITH REMIXES BY JKRIV, THE LOUNGE LIZARDS, CRYOSIS, CORNELIUS MASHILANE, AND JOHN CHRISTIAN URICH

Starting fresh for 2017, Tortured Soul makes good on the promise of new music with this funk-laced new track.

The original mix of “U LIVE 2 FAR AWAY”, written and produced by John Christian Urich, Tortured Soul’s primary composer, producer, arranger, as well as, vocalist and drummer, has the timeless song structure, signature hooky vocals, smooth rhodes, and tight bass that is classic Tortured Soul….but by slowing down to a nu disco tempo, Tortured Soul steers a little left of house and straight towards funk with this super catchy release that has them doubling down on their promise to get the girl.

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Download on Google Play: smarturl.it/ulivegp
Discover on Spotify: smarturl.it/ulivesp
Press Play on Deezer: smarturl.it/ulivedz
Download on Beatport: smarturl.it/ulivebp
Play in TIDAL: smarturl.it/ulivet
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Juno Download: smarturl.it/ulivejd


 



Listen to U Live 2 Far Away on Traxsource! #RealHouseMusic smarturl.it/ulivets WITH REMIXES BY JKriv, The Lounge Lizards, Cryosis, Cornelius Mashilane, AND John-Christian Urich Home Page What's Hot: Page #1 Weekly Hype Chart: Position #16 Soulful House Featured Release: Page #1 Soulful House Banner: Position #1 Priority Placement on New Releases Starting fresh for 2017, Tortured Soul makes good on the promise of new music with this funk-laced new track.U Live 2 Far Away has entered at #89 in iTunes Top Releases United States of America Top 200 Dance Chart! Thanks for your support! we look forward to seeing you live soon! Get it on iTunes: smarturl.it/uliveitU Live 2 Far Away has entered at #71 in iTunes Top Releases Czech Republic Top 200 Dance Chart! See you again Live soon in 2017! Please share, and thank you for the continued support!Fresh for February! Our new new single “U LIVE 2 FAR AWAY” is available now at all your favorite digital stores! (see links below) Please share! and thank you for the continued support!Hey Friends! Get our new single “U LIVE 2 FAR AWAY” on iTunes!: smarturl.it/uliveit WITH REMIXES BY JKriv, The Lounge Lizards, Cryosis, Cornelius Mashilane, AND John-Christian Urich! Please share! and thank you for the continued support!U Live 2 Far Away has entered at #27 in Deejayworx International Week Charts Top 50 Week 7/2017“U LIVE 2 FAR AWAY” Available now on Saavn!: smarturl.it/ulivesvn WITH REMIXES BY JKriv, The Lounge Lizards, Cryosis, Cornelius Mashilane, AND John-Christian Urich! Please share! and thank you for the continued support!

TORTURED SOUL: MORE REMIXES OF FRESH NEW SINGLE “U LIVE 2 FAR AWAY” NEW REMIXES BY RON TRENT, CORNELIUS MASHILANE, AND JOHN CHRISTIAN URICH

 

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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

Discography

LP’s:

Did You Miss Me (2009 TSTC Records)
Introducing Tortured Soul (2005 Purpose Records / 2006 R2 Records)
Undercover Remixes (2013 TSTC records)
Hot For Your Love Tonight (2015 TSTC Records /Dome Records)

EP’s:
“In Transit EP” (2008 TSTC Records)

12” Singles:

I Might Do Something Wrong (2001 Central Park Recordings)
When You Find Your Love (2001 Central Park Recordings)
How’s Your Life (2002 Central Park Recordings)
Fall In Love (2002 Central Park Recordings)
Enjoy It Now (2004 Lifeline Records)
Fall In Love Erik Kupper mixes (2004 Central Park Recordings)
Enjoy It Now (2004 Lifeline Records)
Fall In Love Erik Kupper mixes (2004 Central Park Recordings)
Don’t Hold Me Down (2006 R2 Records)
Why/ Fall In Love (2007 Delicious Vinyl)
Your Dream is My Dream (2008 Coco Soul Recordings)
In My Fantasy (2009 TSTC Records / Wonderwax Records)
Another Lover (2009 TSTC Records /Dome Records)
Home to you ( 2010 TSTC Records / Dome Records)
I Know What’s On Your Mind (2013 TSTC Records/Soulistic Records)
Dirty (2013 TSTC records)
Can’t Keep Rhythm From A Dancer (2015 TSTC Records / Dome Records)
Makin Me Better (2016 TSTC Music/ Believe/Slammin Media)
U Live 2 Far Away (2017 TSTC Music /Believe/ Slammin Media)

 

Tortured Soul toured extensively between 2009 and 2012 with well over 300 dates.  If you are interested in that information, please let us know.