Submotion Orchestra, Concorde2, Saturday October 13

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Submotion Orchestra’s funk, soul and dub-inflected live bass music readies to smear Concorde2 with a familiar but expert brand of dance/jazz crossover.
In the wake of recent LP Fragments, Submotion Orchestra will bring their instrumental take on bass music to Sussex shores. Led by the slick, hush-voiced Ruby Wood, their sound owes as much to the past decade of Croydon-led bass as the nineties’ extensive roster of live dance music collectives. Though thankfully never erring too far on the side of chillout, acts like Morcheeba and Zero 7 are echoed in their smooth cadences and Wood’s soulful notes. Brass flutters through their reverberated sound just as often as sub bass wobbles and tunnel delay, and even though there is a clear agenda at play with a determined grip on dubstep, it is largely absent from a sound that touches on dub reggae and trip-hop in heavier strokes, overall concentrating on jazz breakbeats and ambient echo with a smooth soul sheen.
Luckily this makes for gluttonously palatable live material, as the group of musicians, most with jazz backgrounds, expertly weave together precision drumming and noir sax with chunky synthesisers to make up a distinctly slick groove. If Cinematic Orchestra brought a post-DJ Shadow set of influences to the stage, so do Cinematic Orchestra present a post-Burial set of distant moods and moreish breaks that will appease any concertgoer with half an ear, particularly if the other half was functional in the nineties.
£10 adv + BF, 19:00 to 22:00.
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