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16 december, 2005

Supreme Beings Of Leisure

Suprmeme beings of leisure - Divine operating system [whole album!] from [ 66.56mb ]

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B i o g r a p h y
(by Heather Phares)

The electronic pop/trip-hop group Supreme Beings Of Leisure formed out of the ashes of Oversoul 7, the hip-hop project of guitarist/programmer Rick Torres, bassist/programmer Kiran Shahani and keyboardist/programmer Ramin Sakurai. While they were recording demos, the trio asked their friend singer/songwriter Geri Soriano-Lightwood to collaborate with them. Newly christened the Supreme Beings Of Leisure, the group released a few of their demos on Moonshine Records collections before their self-titled debut album appeared in early 2000 on the Palm Pictures imprint.

The music of SBL quite sounds like the bands name: like suprememe music of Leisure. Some tracks are surely under a pop umbrella, some go really deep ... making you gooseflesh deep that is. But it's always sexy, seductive, soulful and haunting.

The band members' wide range of cultural influences (from India, Domenican Republic, Iran, Japan, Puerto Rico and Ireland) as well as their musical influences (from Massive Attack and Bjork to Ravi Shankar, Mozart and Tribe Called Quest) are responsible for their unique sound, fusing all those influences to some great piece of music.

Before Supreme Beings Of Leisure, there was Oversoul 7. Rick Torres, Kiran Shahani, and Ramin Sakurai were recording a rap demo when on a whim they asked friend Geri Soriano-Lightwood, who was working on her own solo record, to try her hand at writing and singing over their tracks. The results took everyone by surprise; the chemistry was obvious. The trio's clever programming and seductive grooves beautifully showcased Geri's distinctive voice and her astonishing lyrics -- searching tales of longing and disillusionment. The demo versions of "What's The Deal" and "Nothing Like Tomorrow" were released on two Moonshine Records compilations to critical raves and great support from local radio.

After contributing various tracks to compilation records both here and abroad, their collective experiences and shared philosophies confirmed that the band, rebooted as Supreme Beings Of Leisure, was onto something special. SBL eventually found solace in Palm Pictures, a label known for its broad-minded multi-media global perspective.