Smoove & Turrell is the fortuitous result of the North East’s premier beatsmith – Smoove being introduced to the North East’s most prodigious vocal talent – John Turrell. 2009 saw the release of their debut album Antique Soul – a fiery blend of rhythm and blues, funk, soul and latin influences. It gained the boys two Records of the Week on BBC Radio 2 and a playlist on BBC 6Music as well as support from DJ’s like Kissy Sell Out on BBC Radio 1. It launched John Turrell to be the most in demand vocalist around with stints fronting the Fantasy Funk Band and various guest slots with artists such as Ashley Beedle and Dr Rubberfunk. In 2009 he played to 100 people at Glastonbury – in 2010 he played to 10,000 people as well as headlining a stage at the Big Chill Festival.
2011 saw them release Eccentric Audio – their breakthrough album that saw them playlisted by national radio stations in the UK and Europe. Music from that album was synced to US films, TV shows and ads as well as extensive use on UK TV shows. The boys toured the album extensively in the UK and Europe with a particular career highlight being a support slot for heroes Chic.
Broken Toys was released in 2014 and kept the trajectory going with their irresistible brand of soul and disco prompting Q magazine to describe the album as “soulful in every sense”. The strength of material also led to the boys being cherry picked by the BPI as one of a handful of UK acts worth supporting with funding for their export potential leading to another extended stint out on the roads of Europe.
After a grueling tour schedule the guys haven’t rested on their laurels and are currently writing and recording the next album due for release in 2016.