Tortured Soul Live
With a crowd of stalwart soulful house heads; this convention of fans had braved the icy cold weather to be in tune and a part of things – the original sound of this fifteen year strong band – it was a case of singing to the already (mostly) converted as things would later prove. As the audience continued to slowly fill the space, a space modeled closely on its big brother location, the New York Brooklyn Bowl with obligatory bowling lanes on the side.
The night began with the UK’s lady of jazzy house Paris Cesvette, who treated the early bird’s with a set of soulful cuts, and even showed us her nimble dexterity, as she played a live remix of one of her production’s on a mobile Korg keyboard – a smooth touch, it certainly added the edge to her set.
By the time Tortured Soul came on stage there was no hype or introductions – they simply dived straight in. We in the audience were swept through a tight, tidy and complete catalogued show of club hits assembled with a few lesser known album cuts from their repertoire, which was all rather lovely, if a little safely familiar this time round – a sparkly show with a lot less fizz.
The NYC trio are currently in the midst of a winter tour, which has taken them through parts of South Africa and a few countries that surround the region that are happily independent and proud of their love for one house music’s few real time acts – a studio band they are far from. Italy is also a regular pit stop as is Lithuania where TS will be headed to next following their brief stops in Newcastle and London location – the turn out was bumper. In just under 90 mins., the time went quickly – I sensed the fans left feeling happy enough with Soul’s efforts.
Those who stayed behind into the late hours were treated to a dj set from Mi-Soul radio’s Booker T. He rounded off the show with some high flyers of disco house reversions, new dub plates, throwing in known extras: dance floor classics from the likes of Dajae, Inner Life, Michael Watford and Masters At Work among other gems, so altogether it was a great night out.