It’s on the poorly lit streets outside Shoreditch’s XOYO that the throb and pound of bass can be heard echoing round the spires of empty office buildings. It’s thick, and heavy, and its power takes no question in pressing against the dense walls of the underground club. It’s Submotion Orchestra who’re responsible for all this chaos, who take the stage of the now steaming, busy space before them to perform a set which covers most of their debut album ‘Finest Hour’ and a few new numbers.
The crowd jostle for space, as more figures come bumbling down the arching stairwell to see what the real fuss is about this band. It’s with Gilles Peterson’s recommendation that most probably find themselves here, I know for me, it’s this same reason, as well as a dashingly charismatic set at Big Chill which challenged the likes of tested dance legends, Mr Scruff, and Tom Middleton, in being one of the most exciting acts of the summer. And they further prove their worth here as well, with perfect improvised renditions of ‘Finest Hour’, the gushingly haunting ‘All Yours’ and crowd-pleaser ‘Angel Eyes’.
Its vocalist Ruby Wood who brings a touch of elegance to the evening, as the beautiful soft touch of her voice echoes, and melts hearts throughout the audience, introducing the band as she graciously works her way around the stage.
With two encores, and a crowd who were captivated throughout, it’s with great eloquence that the band finished their tour at XOYO. I know I’ll be back, in the midst of an audience skanking and rocking slowly to Submotion’s intelligent productions, and it’s with this, that I suggest you’re part of that next time too.