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Colour Theory

by Submotion Orchestra

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piecewise An oddity. Has its weak points but the strengths outweigh the failures. Balances some pretty heavy electronic distortion with more traditional lounge style singing and music. Favorite track: In Gold.
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Nate This is my favorite album by Submotion Orchestra, they dived face first into house/edm and I love it. Favorite track: Jaffa ft. Still.
Simon Burkhardt
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Simon Burkhardt A masterpiece of an album. I just cannot get the thought out of my head that "Red Dress" should become the next James Bond soundtrack. Favorite track: Red Dress.
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Sten Scholz Great stuff. The combination as great vocals and easy electronic great. Favorite track: More Than This ft. Billy Boothroyd.
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Jordan Rodgers Nice! Submo forever evolve. Looking forward to the tour. Favorite track: In Gold.
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Howard N Hughes I listen to each week's Bandcamp Radio shows & when I heard the four tracks of Colour Theory on the latest edition along with the interview I simply had to buy the CD & download. A UK band from Leeds, formed in Manc (my city) that is now based in London but returns to the northern powerhouse to rehearse and relive their time in Manc. What a collection, what a great sound. Best of luck guys, you deserve to be on the road to bigger things.
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Red Dress 04:36
Kimono 04:38
In Gold 05:36
Amira 04:59
Illusions 04:47


After the success of 2014’s Alium, Submotion Orchestra raise the bar yet again with their new album, Colour Theory. Renowned for their stunning live performances, for “smoky jazz, skittering live percussion and swooping synths” (Mojo), the band have this time taken a conscious decision to focus their energy and attention on to their production, shaping a record of immense poise and epic scope, where attention to detail and shape has resulted in a new dynamism and contemporary sheen. As producer Dom Ruckspin puts it, “we wanted to go somewhere radically different.” While Colour Theory is indeed radically different, it also stays true to what made Submotion Orchestra so exciting to begin with.

From the opening bars of Jaffa, it’s easy to see this record is a step up. The sheer space the band create in their music is breathtaking. A slice of broken-house groove dripping with melancholy and post-club longing, it shows the confidence and style the group have in abundance. And with Ruby Wood taking something of a sabbatical to focus on motherhood, the band have managed to mix beautiful instrumental moments like Amira with a stellar cast of guests. Billy Boothroyd uses his choral background to great effect on the sweet, poised More Than This. The wonderful Andrew Ashong (Sound Signature/ Which Way) delivers one of the standout moments on Needs. But then again, In Gold, a sparse, hip hop-inflected slowburner, reminds us how just good Ruby is and the work she delivers with sometime Chase & Status collaborator Ed Thomas on Empty Love just confirms it. Red Dress, a production collaboration with Royce Wood Jr, is the kind of smooth, slick r&b, that places the band in a continuum with The XX and London Grammar, adding an epic jazz-aesthetic all their own. The album closes with Ao, a shimmering, melancholy slo-mo house groove featuring the up and coming talents of Catching Flies. There are moments of sublime poise and beauty throughout.

This is a group which has now found the perfect balance between the chops of their seven members as individual musicians and the needs of the collective to shape this into taut, brilliant, warm and elegant music. With a recent sold-out show at the Barbican in London as one of the closing performances of the EFG London Jazz Festival and a show coming up at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire next March, this is a band who are already well-loved and acclaimed as live performers. With Colour Theory they’re set to match and even better that as recording artists.


released February 19, 2016


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Submotion Orchestra London, UK

Submotion Orchestra are one of the most interesting and exciting projects working in the UK today. Drawing upon electronica, soul, ambient electronica, jazz and dub, their unique music is at once delicate and heavy, spacious and dense, highly atmospheric but firmly rooted. ... more

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