With a decade of experience, the Brooklyn-‐based dance trio Tortured Soul has already made their mark on the world of dance music and has had tremendous success as an international touring act, appearing at major music festivals on virtually every continent with countless stops in Eastern and Western Europe, Central, Southeast and Eastern Asia, India, Australia, Southern Africa, South America and nearly every state and province in North America. And there’s plenty of reason to support such a phenomenon. After a live set, you could easily liken them to LCD Soundsystem, but without the punk.
After exploding to critical acclaim with 2006’s Introducing Tortured Soul and 2009’s Did You Miss Me, Tortured Soul, comprised of lead singer-‐drummer-‐primary composer John-‐Christian Urich, jazz-‐trained keyboardist Ethan White and newly-‐recruited bassist Jordan Scannella, have dedicated themselves to rewriting the rulebooks of EDM with their own unofficial oath to the dance floor: Dance music is usually better when soulful musicians are behind the helm. No wonder the San Francisco Chronicle echoed such praises: “Imagine your favorite house DJ as a live band, making deep house music as danceable as a classic groove, and you’ll get a sense of what a Tortured Soul set is like.”
Now with two albums and a host of mix albums, not excluding 12-‐inch DJ novelties, already behind them, Tortured Soul is working overtime on the highly-‐anticipated follow-‐up to their breakthrough disc, 2009’s Did You Miss Me. As the lead single to the forthcoming EP (scheduled for Spring 2013), “Dirty (Live)” returns the group to their unique sound of escapism, recreating the lounge funk that can be best summarized as Jamiroquai romance with a kick of Chic. It’s a slick Rhodes-‐driven excursion loaded with sexy beats and some of their hardest come-‐on lines to date: “I want you to be emancipated/Come to my hotel room right before the show,” Urich sings in a moment of utmost cockiness as he masks up as a 21st century sex ed professor. Call it Tortured Soul with a brushstroke of Prince’s Dirty Mind.