REVIEW: Submotion Orchestra Live at Jazz Cafe, London

This past Saturday night, 19th March, I was in attendance for the London leg of Submotion Orchestra‘s UK tour at the Jazz Cafe in London. The venue was absolutely rammed full of people – the signs outside said “SOLD OUT” and they weren’t lying either!

There was a lot of hype recently when promo for the track All Yours began to do the rounds and the hype was for good reason. Genuinely the first new piece of music I’d heard for a while that gave me goosebumps. A full band, with female singer, providing a very organic – yet electronically contemporary – sound. Submotion Orchestra are a 7-piece band from Leeds, comprised of; Tommy Evans, Dan Templeman, Chris Hargreaves, Ruby Wood, Ruckspin, Taz Modi and Simon Beddoe and their single, All Yours, is out now on Exceptional Records.

Anyway, back to the gig…

The band arrived on stage just after 9pm and promptly got into the swing of things. They really are as amazing to watch as they are to hear – such a polished outfit, too. Stylistically, they reminded me ever so slightly of Fat Freddy’s Drop, the way the live instrumentation is fed through reverb and other effects to add to the dubbed out sounds – only, where FFD base their dub sound on the old reggae dub, Submotion Orchestra’s is more closely related to the dubstep sound. It really works, and as I’ve said many times in the past, it’s all in the execution and Submotion Orchestra are indeed the full package. Was also very good to see the singer, Ruby, seamlessly enter and exit centre stage when the more instrumental tracks were played. It never felt disjointed or had a negative impact on the momentum. They appeared to be a passionate and confident group just eager to share their music, and the crowd – of a diverse background and array of ages – lapped up every minute of it. What was actually around a couple of hours of live music had passed in what felt like twenty minutes!

I cant wait to hear the album when it drops on Exceptional Records, which shouldn’t be too far away, but you should definitely catch Submotion Orchestra live as soon as you can. For now I’ll leave you with the beautiful acoustic version of All Yours…