LAST SOUL DESCENDENTS
Last Soul Descendents, of Houston, TX, was formed in 1996 and is made up of two members, Darren Roberts and Leah Moore. LSD, for short, also collaborates with various artists and features them on different projects. LSD came up with their name because they felt that it captured the idea of artists working together to produce music and art that is real and true to their hearts. It seems that anymore this is a rare and valuable quality and that those that feel that way about their product are among the last souls and it is up to the artists to keep it alive.
Last Soul Descendents’ music style is classified as Electronic with the sub-genres of Down-Tempo, Trip Hop and Dub. Some of their influences are Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Prince, George Clinton and the P Funk All-stars, Zapp, Burning Spear, Sly and Robbie, Bjork, Portishead, Lamb, Morcheeba, just to name a few. LSD tries to encompass all the various styles into their music to give it a blend of hypnotic grooves.
Last Soul Descendents mainly is a studio duo. They are known locally within the artists/music community as well as through the World Wide Web. LSD is featured on the soundtrack for JEL Production’s film Exposure that was released in the summer of 2003. They are also featured on the cable television show Rent Wars out of New York with over several million viewers. LSD remixed a track from the artist Saru, off his CD Downtempo Dojo of Shadow Records called Suck In Love (Exhale Remix) and in return Saru remixed Something About You (Step To It Remix) off the 2004 compilation Space City Grooves. Special events, shows and festivals have given the duo more exposure and a growing fan base.
In 2004, Last Soul Descendents' producer, Darren Roberts, was awarded The Houston Press best producer and LSD was nominated for the Houston Press best Soul/Funk/R&B group.
In April 2006, LSD signed the single Lisse Gruv, off of the Progressive Tranquility compilation, with Waveform Records to be included on their compilation Chillicious, out late 2006.
Last Soul Descendents is:
Darren Roberts – Music producer. Darren plays keyboards, drums, guitar, and bass.
Darren Roberts has been playing music practically all of his life. It began when he was a toddler banging on pots and pans or anything that made a sound and making drums out of Quaker Oat boxes. Growing up in Ohio and listening to everything from funk, rock and jazz groups like The Ohio Players, Roger Troutman & Zapp and Bootsy Collins, just to name a few. At around age 13 he taught himself to play guitar and then moved to the bass and began playing in jam sessions with the older musicians in the area. After forming several different groups throughout the years and becoming frustrated dealing with unreliable musicians lead him to discover multi-track recording. In the mid-nineties, Darren moved to Houston, Texas and continued to record and perfecting his production skills. He started the Trip-Hop group, Last Soul Descendents, along with writer/vocalist and co-producer Leah Moore. Together they began to work with and produce other musicians and artists on various projects, compilations and live shows.
1999 - Last Soul Descendents’ track Life Is Strange, featured on WE Records compilation
Please Rewind and Play Again II. Also they were featured on the cable television show
Rent Wars out of New York City with over several million viewers.
2000 - Darren laid down a bass track on Dat Boi Mikee’s CD Southern Life that also featured
guest rappers Devin The Dude, ESG and Z-RO.
2002 - Last Soul Descendents released their CD 2002. Track Don’t You Know, featured on
WE Records compilation Chill Room.
2003 - Last Soul Descendents released their CD LSD Dub Experience. Track Strange Love
off of CD 2002, featured on the soundtrack of JEL Productions’ film Exposure.Darren remixed
a track from the artist Saru, off his CD Downtempo Dojo of Shadow Records called
Suck In Love (Exhale Remix).
2004 - Last Soul Descendents released their compilation CD Space City Grooves. Artist Saru,
off of Shadow Records, remixed the trackSomething About You (Step To It Remix).
Last Soul Descendents wasnominated for The Houston Press Award for best
Soul/Funk/R&B group and Darren received The Houston Press Award for best producer.
2005 - Last Soul Descendents released their compilation CD Progressive Tranquility.
2006 - Last Soul Descendentssigned the single Lisse Gruv, off of the compilation CD
Progressive Tranquility, with Waveform Records to be included on their compilation
2007 - Last Soul Descendents released two CDs True Sol and Inner Vision.
2008 - Last Soul Descendents released two CDs Xczircles & LSD: Eclipse and
Meredith Evans: The Passion. Darren and Leah started the group Kenton & Hill and
released the CD Kenton & Hill. Kenton & Hill produced the track, Write or Wrong,
featuring Mic Skillz, which is included on his debut CD Defiant.
2011 - Chill Mode Records released the compilation Sanctuary of Sound featuring many great artists
such as Last Soul Descendents, SARU and Escape Artists.
Leah Moore – Lyrics and vocals. Leah has been writing for over 13 years. She is very involved in the studio and is in charge of the vocal production and arrangement with her own vocals as well as the other artists that she works with.