The brilliant 7 piece band that is Submotion Orchestra have come a long way since playing at the infamous Hukaz venue in the slightly more infamous area of LS6, Leeds. Having lived in that area for 3 years during uni I can safety say that there is a palpable buzz in the streets, with some of the most talented musicians and producers of our generations come out from those red-brick terraces. Hessle Audio, Gentlemans Dub Club and Alt-J are 3 that come to mind, a natural diversity which anyone who has lived there will be able to associate with. In fact I used to work in a kitchen in the LS6 postcode and worked with a chap called Dan. Dan turned out to be the producer for Foreign Beggars, and that's exactly what I'm talking about.
Anyway, enough about that. Let's get back on topic and move away from the Plains of Nostalgia. Where were we? Ah yes, Submotion Orchestra. Their sound is a strange one. In Leymans terms I would say it's a cross-pollination of Aretha Franklin, SCB and jazz. Soulful vocals layered over the top of soft piano and synth leads and heavy, dark, dubstep basslines. Add to that melancholy trumpets and cannily timed percussion and we're almost there. This is all mixed live by producer Ruckspin, adding layers of texture and subtle effects into the mix, EQing it and getting the levels bang on for the sound to blend seamlessly together. The unification of these different sounds and genre-specific sounds is really quite exciting.
Contained in this video are separate interviews with all the band members, talking about their influences, formation and what each one of them does. There is also a lot of clips for their music and a live performance of their newest single from their second album - Fragments. This is definitely worth a watch and if they're playing in a venue near you anytime soon I urge you to go. You will not be disappointed.