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Groovefinder's Weekly - Issue #7: TORTURED SOUL

Groovefinders World Hamburg
Groovefinders World Hamburg
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Let’s talk about JOHN-CHRISTIAN URICH and his fantastic Trio TORTURED SOUL today.

Tortured Soul’s sound is reminiscent of Neo-Soul groups like Jamiroquai or The Brand New Heavies, while also being influenced by the contemporary freshness of house purveyors like Dave Lee and Louie Vega
Tortured Soul playing in Hamburg: Isamu McGregor, John-Christian Urich, Jordan Scanella ©Carsten Wäßerling
Tortured Soul playing in Hamburg: Isamu McGregor, John-Christian Urich, Jordan Scanella ©Carsten Wäßerling
John-Christian Urich | Los Angeles, USA
Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Producer
John-Christian is the Mastermind behind TORTURED SOUL, one of the best live-bands of the World
TORTURED SOUL - FALL IN LOVE - STUDIO LIVE SESSION - LITTLE BIG BEAT STUDIOS
TORTURED SOUL - FALL IN LOVE - STUDIO LIVE SESSION - LITTLE BIG BEAT STUDIOS
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The Jäger-Bomb-Eve: Birke Beisert, John-Christian Urich @Baltic Soul Weekender
The Jäger-Bomb-Eve: Birke Beisert, John-Christian Urich @Baltic Soul Weekender
Tortured Soul is a collective of incredible international musicians united under a groove-centred rhythm. Frontman and songwriter, John-Christian Urich, leads the group while simultaneously drumming and singing with effortless mastery.
Likened to “The Roots of House Music”, Tortured Soul’s sound is reminiscent of Neo-Soul groups like Jamiroquai or The Brand New Heavies, while also being influenced by the contemporary freshness of house purveyors like Dave Lee and Louie Vega, as well as Nu Disco artists like Soul Clap and Purple Disco Machine.
Tortured Soul’s origins date back to 2001 while Urich was steering Cooly’s Hot Box, an acid jazz outfit also featuring indie soul vocalist Angela Johnson. After putting Cooly’s Hot Box on hiatus, Urich composed Might Do Something Wrong which was picked up by New York-based deep house label Central Park Recordings. A mix of the track by Osunlade was used at Club Shelter and became the first piece of a full-length disc.
Tortured Soul - I Might Do Something Wrong (Osunlade Lonely Mix) DEEP HOUSE
Tortured Soul - I Might Do Something Wrong (Osunlade Lonely Mix) DEEP HOUSE
Urich began playing his compositions “Might Do Something Wrong”, “When You Find Your Love Hold On”, “Fall In Love” and “How’s Your Life” with his bandmates from the rhythm section of NYC’s acid-jazz band Topaz: bassist Jason “JKriv” Kriveloff and keyboardist Ethan White. Eventually they broke away to form the trio Tortured Soul. They began touring in 2003. They played the Montreal Jazz Festival, Zouk Singapore, Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Fabric in London, and the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in South Africa. They performed with Chaka Kahn, The Wailers, The Brand New Heavies, and Pharcyde.
Tortured Soul’s latest project, the 20th Anniversary Album, is a curated mix of fan favourites and unreleased gems to celebrate 20 years of house hits. With remixes from the vault sprinkled amongst the classics the band has become known for, the 20th Anniversary Album is for old and new fans alike. The album features five tracks/mixes that have never been released, including two live recordings from the band’s 2020 performance at Little Big Beat Studios in Liechtenstein.
This Is Tortured Soul | Spotify Playlist
About Us
Groovefinders World is a non-profit-project from germany, started in 2015 by social networker Birke Beisert – with help from DJ and journalist Markus Kater. We share our love for music on different platforms and run a blog about the music we love from the people we like. Groovefinder’s Blog has had visitors from more than 150 countries worldwide and features soulful music people from allover the world.
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