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Supreme Beings Of Leisure

This band's very moniker suggests their serendipitous formation, which was a chance encounter of four souls who somehow coalesced around a particular project. Ultimately, their sound is unique, simultaneously sophisticated and laid-back, using pop cleverness along with fluid, trip hoppy rhythms that have subtle electronic edges. However, it is SBL's insightful and often incisive lyricism that sets them ahead of the pack.

Before SBL, there was Oversoul 7. Rick Torres, Kiran Shahani, and Ramin Sakurai were busy working on a hip hop demo when they asked their friend Geri Soriano-Lightwood, to try her hand at writing and singing over their tracks. The result was pure chemistry, as the trio's programming and sultry rhythms wonderfully showcased Soriano-Lightwood's distinctive vocals and powerful lyrics about longing and shattered dreams.

SBL created a new sound, one that is sultry, soulful, funky, and at times delirious, probably a result of the music being derived from not only their diverse eclectic identities but also their common ground. This shared experience and acknowledged uniqueness makes boundaries less relevant and emphasizes the band members' connection points.

The group cites a diverse array of influences as well: SBL bring together influences as disparate as Massive Attack, Bjork, Pink Floyd, Ravi Shankar, Mozart, and Sly and the Family Stone. They also began to use cutting-edge computer electronics before most of their American contemporaries, forging themselves a frontier path to a new world of "Leisure Tonics." This is their home: it's where they live, and it sounds fantastic and meaningful.

"Never The Same" and "Last Girl On Earth" are both taken from Supreme Beings Of Leisure's eponymous debut album for Palm. Ian Pooley's smooth house rework of "Divine" is taken from the EP of the same name. The original of "Divine" is featured on SBL's second album, Divine Operating System.

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