Submotion Orchestra @ Leeds Brudenell Social Club

It’s not often that we like to leave Sheffield, but the lure of goosebump-inducing live electronia from Leeds outfit Submotion Orchestra was enough to make us take a short trip up the M1 to Brudenell Social Club.

The second (sold out) homecoming show of the weekend had the venue abuzz with anticipation, especially after London DJ/producer Catching Flies had warmed up the audience. A mash-up of genres, his own brand of bass-heavy electronic music combined tinges of melodic house with hip-hop, soul and jazz. Well worth keeping an eye out for.

Submotion Orchestra then take to the stage in what becomes an incredibly smooth, tight knit performance that showcases two of the best voices I’ve heard in a long time. The band are without their usual vocalist Ruby Wood tonight, however the replacement vocals of Alyusha is by no means a poor substitute. She handles the demands of songs like ‘Red Dress’ effortlessly and is joined by Billy Boothroyd whose voice on new album offering ‘More Than This’ is simply stunning.

The musicianship from the other band members is much more than mere background noise; smooth jazz emanates from Bobby Beddoe on the trumpet whilst Danny Templeman on percussion adds a welcome drum ‘n’ bass element. This is electronica, but not as you know it. Blending everything from dub to soul and jazz, the band manages to create a sound that ranges from soft and delicate to a heavy, stage-shaking ambience.

With a few more dates on their ‘Colour Theory’ album tour before they hit the festival circuit for events like Parklife, Secret Garden Party and Boomtown, I’d urge you seek them out in a live setting. Whilst expertly produced, their records just don’t do justice to the real thing.

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