16th February | SWX
The seven-piece jazz/electronic ensemble that is Submotion Orchestra was born of a friendship between founders Tommy Evans (Gentleman’s Dub Club) and Dom Howard (Author) in Leeds ten years ago. Since their inception, they’ve rattled up five stunning albums that crossed the borders of jazz and soul, turning the corner through ambient electronica, passing quickly through dub and landing somewhere smack bang in the middle.
This week they’ll be lending their sound to the stage at SWX, with support from Future Dub Orchestra. Theirs is a sound that can only be described using a long list of oxymorons; transparent but opaque, loose yet tightly woven, resilient with an incredible fragility in Ruby Woods’ lead vocals, completely cosmic yet firmly rooted in its production.
Turning the corner to their fifth album, Kites, in 2018, Submotion Orchestra effortlessly blend complex electronics with simple lyricism which is never more impactful than on a live stage. Crossing festival stages like The Big Chill, Bestival, Outlook and Latitude, SWX may feel smaller to the Leeds seven-piece, but that doesn’t for a minute mean they’ll give anything less than 100%.
Leave your evening gowns at home and get ready for an evening of crushing bass, rip-curling electronics and life-affirming grooves.
See the video for ‘Prism’ here:
Featured image: Hannah Rooke