Within the segregated and genre-induced field of the South-Florida music scene, there are some bands that radiate a distinct originality and fresh ear buzz. Sub Groove is one of those bands. The group's musical style is underpinned by funk, layered with rock, jazz, hip-hop and soulful blues influences. Performing with definitive rhythmic intensity, soaring vocals and kaleidoscopic guitar sound, this act is propelling its own hip trajectory as an undeniable "move to this" musical outfit.
Those of you in South Florida who’ve seen them live and others who discovered them online, know that in their first eclectic offering, "Sub Groove" the band showed glimpses of their potential future with 11 catchy, hook-ladened pop-funk anthems such as, "Slide You Up", "Recipe", "Just Keep Running Away" and "While The Sun Shines". Recorded in glorious analog sound, the album was accepted by the Recording Academy for consideration in the 58th Grammy Awards (2016) for Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Album of the Year, with some of the above-mentioned singles considered for Best Rock Performance as well as a nod in Best American Roots Performance for their classic blues tune, “Where You Belong”.
The opportunity to find "their sound" is realized on their second outing, “SHADES OFF”, with a string of cohesive, well-written songs ranging from the aggressive, reality-minded title track, "Shades Off" to preaching the gospel of love - in all its forms - with the Family Stone reminiscent, "LOL" (Ladder of Life) and a healthy dose of slick, get-down odes to the love for a woman, like "Cookin' Sugar", "Checkmate", "Amplified", "Dancing on the Moon" and the world oriented, "Poquito Latina". "Other Side of the World", although not the last track in sequence, rounds out the album with a loaded old-school feel James Brown would have appreciated - God rest his soul. Singularly, and as a collection, the music here is that which could (and should) seriously elevate the profile of the artist and tie them in to the resurgent funk-era "groove" bands making their way back to main stream consciousness.