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KIDP presents...

Tortured Soul


Pepper Jack's - Friday July 9

38 King William St., Hamilton


TS Fall Tour 2003 Video

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Tortured Soul is music that will move you. It's a new concept in the world of house music: it's live. The instrumentation is simple and organic ­ drums, electric bass, vintage keys, and soulful vocals. Tortured Soul filters club sounds like Afro Beat and Samba through a lens of jazzy House and American Soul to reflect intense grooves evocative of Jamiroquai, Stevie Wonder, the New Deal, and Fela Kuti.

Tortured Soul was conceived in May 2001 by drummer, singer, and songwriter Christian Urich - known in world of house and R&B as founder and leader of the band Cooly's Hot Box. The single "We Don't Have To Be Alone" introduced Cooly's Hot Box to the house music world, and their acid jazz classic "Don't Throw My Love Around" on Polygram's London/Payday Records is featured on the first Giant Steps compilation and as the hook for Armond Van Heldon's "Funk Phenomenon." Urich has worked with such producers as Reggie Lucas (Madonna, Stephanie Mills), DJ Spinna, and Roger Sanchez (on his album First Contact.)

The first Tortured Soul single for Central Park Recordings was the now-classic house track "I Might Do Something Wrong" re-mixed by Osunlade. The track was an immediate success, playing weekly at New York's legendary party Body & Soul and altering the sound of Central Park Recordings. Inspired by Tortured Soul the label turned in a new direction, and focused on the fusion of soul with deep house music.

Tortured Soul's next two singles involved Alistair Colling and DJ Spinna. For these tracks, Urich incorporated keyboardist Ethan White and bassist Jason Kriveloff. White's style is rhythmic and soulful, blending his background in jazz with Brazilian pop, African rhythms, and 70's R&B. He leads his own piano trio and frequently lends his sound as a sideman. Conservatory-trained bassist Kriveloff fuses the styles of James Jamerson, Bootsy Collins, and Paul Chambers to give Tortured Soul its tight and jazzy bottom end. His Central Park Recordings house project, "The Moves," highlights his writing, singing, and programming skills and debuted at the 2003 Winter Music Conference with "If You Leave Now."

The trio had previously recorded the album The Zone with Velour Records' artist, Topaz. They toured for two years with Topaz sharing stages with legends James Brown, Maceo Parker, John Scofield, Soulive, Widespread Panic, and many others. Their first recording as Tortured Soul, "How's Your Life," captures their intuitive musical rapport and presents a smooth soul-house sound with haunting vocals. The project has evolved into a collaboration with three times its original force for pioneering a new genre: live house.

With the new album ready to hit, the band is transferring their energy to the stage‹dropping heavy beats and thick bass for the body and soul. The show is powerful. The sound is infectious. The music moves.


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I'm feelin it.

:: You don't even know what I'm talking about, kc.

Watch the footage! angry-smiley-005.gif

Ok, now I've watched the footage and I'm feelin it. I don't know if an angry-smiley was really neccessary on me but I get the point and the video rocks! :: :: :: :):(:o :: :D :: :: :: ;):P ::

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Sorry about the angry smiley...i was just teasing. We'll have a heart to heart about it tomorrow...you know I love ya.


anyone ever notice kc actually looks like his avatar?

anyway..fun stuff aside. Go see this gig!!! A buddy of mine just kicked me down a killer show and it's obvious these guys are bringing a serious dance party to town,

see ya out on the floor shakin' that thang! party-smiley-018.gif

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By Tamara Holmes

House music was not supposed to last much longer than

its disco–descending inception in some shoddy Chicago

club in the mid–’80s, yet here it is, decades later,

spreading like creamy peanut butter across cities

worldwide. Its natural progression from disco funk to

forward–thinking finesse has been a continual process at

best, coming ultimately to a heady pique with live house.

Performing electronic music live is a guaranteed

challenge from the start. Attempting to duplicate a sound

generated with a hefty reliance on computer software,

synthesizers and digital looping can render

performances overly vulnerable for error and dead air

should just one cable not be connected properly. Yet

incorporating live instrumentation into house music is

nothing overly new, either. For years now, hand

drummers and percussionists have lent their talents for

rhythmic beat–matching at tribal house events, most

often just performing to complement the playing vinyl.

The newer revolution of live house—the one to watch

since few can execute it well—is an exhaustive, saucy and

mesmerizing collective of hard–working musicians on

stage working to produce the same effect as a DJ. The

tie–wearing trio who form Tortured Soul are part of an

intrinsic force found throughout the world, who are

busier than ever bringing the progressive sound to the

stage with a spiced mix of live instrumental backed by

head–bopping beats. The result is sexually–charged

samba, groove–filled like funk and as danceable as house

music ever was. In acting as unofficial but enthusiastic

ambassadors of the genre’s new spin—or, considering

the deletion of vinyl, the lack thereof—the Tortured Soul

believe that an important job for them is to convince

non–house heads to become just that.

“A lot of our fan base has never even heard of house

music, let alone would use the term to describe us,” says

Tortured’s keyboardist Ethan White. “If you listen to our

CD without knowing who we are, we’re very much house

music producers.”

It’s hard to call them a band but, after checking all

dictionaries, that’s what White along with Tortured

creator Christian Urich and Jason Kriveloff can definitely

be called. Who knew dance music could have such a

personalized flavour?

“People can’t ignore a performance like they can ignore a

DJ in a booth,” says White. “I think we get a lot of respect

from both house heads and newer converts because they

can actually see what we’re doing. When you’re just

listening to a piece of vinyl, it’s easy to not think about

what production values went into that song. When we’re

there, we can’t be ignored.”

Tortured Soul have an accomplished background to

draw from. Urich is also the mastermind behind Cooly’s

Hot Box (think: “We Don’t Have To Be Alone” and their

well–known venture into acid jazz “Don’t Throw My Love

Around”) and has worked with the likes of Armand Van

Heldon, Roger Sanchez, Dj Spinna and Reggie Lucas.

White’s background is all about the soulful funk, having

worked heavily in Brazilian pop and jazz, while Kriveloff is

a conservatory–trained bassist whose rigorous training is

said to round the sounds out with a polished edge.

Having released several singles before, Tortured Soul is

currently on tour with their debut full–length album

released through Purpose Records, Introducing Tortured

Soul. Introducing is one of those albums that should be

destined to be in anyone’s collection, being a tight

assembly of both studio and live edits lathered

generously with jazzy beats, grooving loops and velvety

vocals perfect for sudsing any dance floor or swish dinner


“It’s weird going from a few singles to a full–length

album,” says White. “It’s our first album, so that’s already

weird in itself. But the first and third track, I believe, had

already been released. We played a show in Toronto a

while back after not having left New York City for a while

and were really surprised when, first of all, about 400

people showed up and, secondly, they knew the lyrics.

“We’ve had really great shows in a lot of great cities, but

it’s nice and really cool going to cities that don’t have a

large house scene or a big club or DJ culture because it’s

then that we really notice we draw in new crowds. It’s not

even just drawing in a new audience for us that matters,

but the genre on the whole. Some people wouldn’t even

know what house music was but we get to introduce

them.” V


Friday July 9


38 King William St.


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I know most of you are probably spending your friday evening with birthday boy Tonin...and rightfully so. If there's anyone who can't make it to the Lanc hope to see you at PJC.

Good times,



Thanks, MarcO. I'll be sure to never let my hair down again. What a fugin hassle! ;)

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