Orb Podcast 038: Soulstatejazz (Tom Ellis)

UK’s Soulstatejazz is a hybrid electronic jazz-house live ensemble lead by a group of Freerotation Festival’s residents.

The band, who first performed at Freerotation as a morning journey, soon evolved into a flowing ensemble of musicians with Tom Ellis (Bass, Drums, Percussion & Production), Mark Hand (Fender Rhodes & Moog), Michiel Renger (Tenor Sax) and Dave Elson (homemade Reaktor & Ableton instruments & FX) as the main backline of the band.

This collaboration brought into fruition the debut LP Annwn on Banoffee Pies Records, which is the result of a 3-day improvisation at Malt Barn studio, in the beautiful Nanerth Valley in mid-Wales, forming a 6-track album of hybrid live/electronic jazz-house.

In Welsh folk law it was said Annwn [an:un] — “The Otherworld,” was a world of delights and beauty located on an island or beneath the earth. A place of eternal youth and good, where food and fair health remained ever-abundant as the wage of death and disease fell to its wayside. Commonly identifying in Welsh mythology as an afterlife of paradise.

For our 38th episode of Orb Podcast, Tom Ellis delivers for us an exclusive Soulstatejazz mix full of dreamy and soulful soundscapes tailored with a jazzy improvisational touch.