Born out of the mid-2000s skate scene, the Jack Moves are a product of an illustrious and creative period of downtown New York.Raised on a healthy diet of old-school soul and ’80s classics, singer, producer, arranger, and multiinstrumentalist Zee Desmondes met drummer, producer, and former pro skater Teddy Powell at LES skate hangout Tompkins Square Park in 2006, and the two became fast friends with a shared love of Wu-Tang Clan and rare sweet soul. The pair soon shaped a garbage-strewn second- floor walkup in the heart of
downtown Newark into a fully functioning analog studio. With the city as their cultural backdrop, they began writing material that would speak to the timeless nature of soul, but a music that was of its time. Singer Zee Desmondes delivers a falsetto reminiscent of blue-eyed-soul greats Daryl Hall and Bobby Caldwell, while
drummer Teddy Powell—who has placed beats on G-Unit and U-God projects— provides steady, aggressive hip-hop-inspired beats that propels the music forward. It’s an amalgamation of many styles and influences, spanning ’60s and ’70s soul, ’80s boogie, ’90s skate culture, California’s lowrider scene, and today’s millennial streetwear communities.