Friday, 26 July 2013

LowTone Society: Jazz, Neo-Soul, Reggae and Hip Hop Combined Effortlessly

Jazz, neo-soul, reggae and hip hop combined effortlessly by a first class seven-piece

With alumni including Quincy Jones, Aimee Mann, Arif Mardin, Tony Maserati and Roy Hargrove, Boston's Berklee College of Music is one of the world's most highly esteemed music institutions.

Formed on the College's hallowed ground in 2011, LowTone Society, one of the most exciting new groups in music, have the potential to join these aforementioned legends as a name synonymous with musical excellence.

'Reel Me In' is sublime jazz full of lovely instrumentation.  An especially nice touch is the interplay between the horns and the acrobatic yet subtle flute.  The drums have a satisfying hip hop thump and the infectious chorus demonstrates Joanna Teters' ability to switch effortlessly from a smooth-but-smokey lilt into a rugged reggae delivery.  

'LowTones' is a neo-soul number with warm Nord keys, expression-filled brass, Frankie Leroux's understated and engaging drums and Teter's message of determination again flitting from smooth jazz to reggae chatting, all culminating in a dynamic climax. 

Both these songs show off the band's skill at mixing musical virtuosity with instantly memorable 'radio friendly' hooks and melodies.

Vocalist Joanna Teters switches effortlessly from a smooth-but-smokey lilt into a rugged reggae delivery.

The John Legend-meets-Jay Dilla 'Paralyzed' is another heartwarming number.  'I Wanna be the reason you smile, show me the ways that you wanna feel, I will make this real' sings Teters.  And if you listen closely, the brass make a cheeky nod to a certain blue-eyed-soul classic in the bridge. 
 



Just when you think you have the measure of the band, they start throwing curve-balls.  The live 'Dulce Conexión', featuring Ernesto 'Bebo' Rodriguez's lead vocals, is a welcome mix of latin jazz and a Roger Troutman-style vocoder workout.  The experimental 'Don't Think Feel' is a collage of found sounds glued together by massive electronic drums, dubstep wobbles and Teters' enchanting vocals, produced by Wigbert Caro, aka Moduloktopus.

'Don't Think Feel' is a collage of found sounds glued together by massive electronic drums, dubstep wobbles and Teters' enchanting vocals.

Equally as comfortable on stage as they are in the studio, their live shows mix hip hop energy with traditional musicianship.  The band have shared the bill with Talib Kweli, Nappy Roots and Slum Village and have performed at legendary venues including Boston's The Middle East.



Expect the seven-piece's debut album in about a year.  In the interim, let LowTone Society reel you in with a sound which is classic, contemporary, intelligent and accessible all at the same time.




LowTone Society

Check out more:
soundcloud.com/lowtone-society 
youtube.com/user/lowtonesociety   

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