Submotion Orchestra – Colour Theory

Their Octagon show was the surprise discovery of Tramlines 2015 for me, so I’ve been anticipating their new album with relish, and thankfully it more than lives up to expectations. Submotion Orchestra are a seven-piece from Leeds, although their music is far from what you might expect a ‘northern band’ to sound like. They create a jazzy, sparse, rhythmic and often driving sound, which is all-enveloping, taking the listener from dubstep to ambient groove and beyond. Tracks such as ‘Illusions’, showcase the vocal talents of Ruby Wood, but there are also other guest vocals on hand for some tracks to lend variety and depth to this, their third album. From the opening instrumental track, ‘Jaffa’, this is clearly a step forward in their studio-recorded output, and if you’re looking for an infectious groove, ‘Amira’ is a future floor-filler, if I’m any judge. For me they are in the same arena as The XX and London Grammar, but with a more epic, jazzy groove undercutting it all. This album is the perfect way to brighten up the dark and dismal days of winter, with its breezy, spacious sound. I can see this being an album I come back to again and again this year, so join me in putting the Colour Theory to the test, and immerse yourself in the Submotion Orchestra.
MP 8/10

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