Tortured Soul
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Tortured Soul

Brooklyn, NY | Established. Jan 01, 2001 | INDIE

Brooklyn, NY | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2001
Band EDM House




"Press Quotes"

“Tortured Soul [are] breaking some rules and keeping me as a musician interested.”
[Barry Manilow, The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, CA, Nov ‘04]

“'Don’t Hold Me Down’ sounds like a happy track I’d wake up to on a Saturday morning when sun is coming through the window. I like the Roy Ayers feeling to it.”
[Lenny Kravitz, Vibe Magazine, Jan ‘05]

“Uber-soulful…the dance floor filled up instantly as Christian, Ethan and Jason collectively thrilled the soul-seekers.”
[Urb Magazine]

"The dons of live house..."
[TimeOut NY, June '05]

“Live house groovers Tortured Soul kick serious style.”
[Flavorpill NY]

"Three New York City musicians are challenging the idea that dance music is just for baby-faced adrenaline junkies..."
[Denver Post]

“Deep, soulful and organic.”
[Atlanta Journal Constitution]

"Here's a concept we could do with more of: a 'live deep house' band..."
[Next Magazine]

"...hip-notic mix of dance, soul and jazz..."
[ISpySoul Magazine]

"...after listening to Tortured Soul, you will never listen to house music the same again..."

“for the open-minded DJ unafraid to play a real ‘song’”
[Deep House Network]

"...danceable soul music backed by a band that sounds much larger than three members..."
[Spectator (Seattle University)]

"'I Might Do Something Wrong' is one of those special songs..."
[Eye Weekly (Toronto)]
- various

"Tortured Soul Is Ready To Make Us Dance Again"

The Neo Soul Cafe Family loves Tortured Soul. We are so elated with the release of their latest “Makin’ Me Better”. Along with the original mix, written and produced by Tortured Soul’s leader, John-Christian Urich, the release features remixes from Lea, Malachi, and Cryosis. - Neo Soul Cafe



Did You Miss Me (2009 TSTC Records)

Introducing Tortured Soul (2005 Purpose Records / 2006 R2 Records)

Undercover Remixes (2013 TSTC records)

Hot For Your Love Tonight (2015 TSTC Records /Dome Records)

“In Transit EP” (2008 TSTC Records)

12” Singles:

I Might Do Something Wrong (2001 Central Park Recordings)

When You Find Your Love (2001 Central Park Recordings)

How's Your Life (2002 Central Park Recordings)

Fall In Love (2002 Central Park Recordings)

Enjoy It Now (2004 Lifeline Records)

Fall In Love Erik Kupper mixes (2004 Central Park Recordings)

Enjoy It Now (2004 Lifeline Records)

Fall In Love Erik Kupper mixes (2004 Central Park Recordings)

Don’t Hold Me Down (2006 R2 Records)

Why/ Fall In Love (2007 Delicious Vinyl)

Your Dream is My Dream (2008 Coco Soul Recordings)

In My Fantasy (2009 TSTC Records / Wonderwax Records)

Another Lover (2009 TSTC Records /Dome Records)

Home to you ( 2010 TSTC Records / Dome Records)

I Know What's On Your Mind (2013 TSTC Records/Soulistic Records)

Dirty (2013 TSTC records)

Can't Keep Rhythm From A Dancer (2015 TSTC Records / Dome Records)

Makin Me Better (2016 TSTC Music/ Believe/Slammin')

U Live 2 Far Away (2017 TSTC Music /Believe/slammin)



Tortured Soul is 100% LIVE modern, deep, soulful, house music freed from the DJ Booth. Influenced by the classic songcraft of Prince, Heatwave and Kool & The Gang, the members of Tortured Soul are three distinctive guys with three different backgrounds, united under a groove-centered rhythm. The band’s frontman and songwriter, John-Christian Urich, can be seen simultaneously drumming and singing with effortless mastery, while bassist Jordan Scannella, and keyboardist Isamu McGregor virtuosically generate the pulsating rhythm and melodic joy. 

Likened to The Roots of house music, Tortured Soul’s sound is reminiscent of neo-soul groups like Jamiroquai or Brand New Heavies, while also being deeply saturated in the contemporary freshness of house purveyors like Joey Negro, Kenny Dope, Soul Clap and Disclosure. 

Tortured Soul began back when John-Christian Urich was leading the seminal acid jazz outfit Cooly’s Hot Box; he was looking to create a project to feature not only his songs, but his vocals. The result was his single ‘Might Do Something Wrong’ , which was quickly picked up by New York-based deep house label Central Park Recordings, and Tortured Soul was born. It became a staple among DJs across the globe and racked up major radio  play – climbing all the way to #1 on Kaya FM in South Africa. This early success helped jumpstart the development of a full-length disc generating more soulful house with a new cool sound that blended freewheeling New York house and classic disco beats with elements of hip-hop, salsa and Roy Ayers-styled jazz-fusion. 

For 2006’s debut LP Introducing Tortured Soul, the band combined their earlier singles with a few new studio additions, which moved legendary tastemaker Gilles Peterson to declare the band “the future of house music.” The follow-up album, 2009’s Did You Miss Me, released on the band’s own label, TSTC Records, ushered in a new wave of critical acclaim from music publications like Blues and Soul, SoulBounce, and SoulTracks who described the album as “one immaculate danceable tune after another.” 

With a new album, Hot For Your Love Tonight, burning up dance floors with songs like the heartfelt 'I’ll Be There For You', the Deep House-flavored 'Don’t Lead Me On' and the seductively catchy album title cut sandwiched among some Tortured Soul recent stunners including the hot-under-the-collar 'Dirty' and the beautiful disco groove 'Can't Keep Rhythm From A Dancer' Tortured Soul shows no signs of stopping. The future is now. Tortured Soul will make you move. Tortured Soul will make you work. Tortured Soul will make you Fall In Love.

Band Members