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Musiques du monde - Paru le 7 juin 2010 | Tru Thoughts

Will Holland, aka Quantic, the British DJ/producer/musician who has been making his own brand of soul- and funk-flavored music for the last decade, took a huge step forward with 2008's Death of the Revolution, the first in the Quantic Presenta: Flowering Inferno series. Holland, who has been based in Colombia since 2007, was interested in bringing together the sounds of the Caribbean and Latin America, and while Death of the Revolution focused more on the Caribbean side of that equation, Dog with a Rope brings in more Latin, and is better for it (choosing between the dubby "Echate Pa'lla" [Version] and "Echate Pa'lla," for example, the salsa of the latter is certainly the winner). Not that Holland is rewriting the book here: both cumbia and dub have a similarly lazy bassline, but credit Holland for taking advantage of these congruences to make something that sounds authentic but not derivative (in fact, the two covers here, "Cumbia Sobre el Mar" and "Swing Easy," aren't even the standout tracks). Holland is sincere in his respect and love of the music, and it shows, though much of this is thanks to the other musicians on the album, mainly pianist Alfredo Linares, whose buoyant lines on "Dub y Guaguanco" make it one of the best here. Holland himself is no slouch, however, adding bass and guitar to many of the pieces, and sounding good (although on "Dub y Guaguanco" he actually stays in the control room as engineer). Dog with a Rope is one of those records you feel like you know as soon as you hear it, that you start singing along to even though you're not sure of the words, an album perfect for those humid, lazy summer days, and it shows Holland's maturation not only as a producer, but as a songwriter, bandleader, and musician as well. Excellent stuff. © Marisa Brown /TiVo
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Électronique - Paru le 21 juin 2019 | Tru Thoughts

Le prolifique Will Holland, alias Quantic et patron du label Tru Thoughts, est de retour en solo. Très occupé par ses multiples projets parallèles (un album de jazz avec The Western Transient, un album de dub avec Flowering Inferno…), il livre, cinq ans après, la suite de Magnetica avec ce Atlantic Oscillations, porté par le single du même nom, un “mauvais titre de disco” (dixit lui-même) qui évoque les edits joués par les DJ’s des clubs de Brooklyn, où il s’est installé après un séjour en Colombie.Comme d’habitude, Quantic mixe avec naturel disco, soul, pop, électro, rythmes latins et africains, sons synthétiques et organiques, sans qu’on puisse les discerner. Incendium est un joli morceau de disco pop à la Daft Punk, en plus aérien, September Blues est plus groovy, avec les orchestrations de cordes caractéristiques du bonhomme adossées à une boîte à rythme vintage, tandis que Tierra Mama, avec la chanteuse colombienne Nidia Góngora, la bande-son d’un road trip le long de la côte Pacifique, fait défiler tout l’héritage afro-cubain. On y adjoindra Motivic Retrograde et son riff de guitare malienne magnifié par un synthé qui sonne comme du verre frotté, et La Reflexión avec son marimba. Enfin, on retiendra Now or Never, avec la superbe voix soulful de la fidèle Alice Russell, qui rend cet album encore plus élégant. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Soul/Funk/R&B - Paru le 1 janvier 2001 | Tru Thoughts

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Funk - Paru le 2 avril 2012 | Tru Thoughts

Tru-Thoughts et Differ-ant sont très heureux d'annoncer la sortie de Look Around The Corner, premier véritable album entre Quantic et Alice Russell, deux des artistes phares de la scène soul-funk de ces dernières années. Forts de plusieurs collaborations dans le passé, notamment pour le projet Quantic Soul Orchestra, les deux amis de Brighton avaient laissé un grand nombre de fans dans l'attente d'une suite qui semblait ne jamais se dessiner. Look Around The Corner vient donc enfin mettre un terme à cette attente, et de la plus belle manière qui soit. C'est à Cali en Colombie (où réside Quantic depuis quelques années) que l'album a été réalisé. Epaulé par le Combo Bárbaro, dernier groupe formé par Quantic et regroupant des musiciens d'Amérique du Sud, le duo revisite le concept de ses collaborations précédentes en y ajoutant des influences latines. Look Around The Corner est un album enivrant aux sonorités diverses. On y retrouve des éléments soul, blues, gospel et folk, le tout enveloppé dans le swing latin inimitable du Combo Bárbaro et une esthétique de production rappelant celle de Chess records, le mythique label de Chicago.
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Musiques du monde - Paru le 3 août 2021 | Tru Thoughts

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Dub - Paru le 17 juin 2016 | Tru Thoughts

Flowering Inferno est un side project monté par le producteur anglais Will Holland, alias Quantic. Surdoué de la musique, il peut se permettre de jouer sur la plupart des pistes instrumentales entendues sur les différents titres de ses albums. 1000 Watts ne fait pas exception à la règle et le producteur s’emploie à enregistrer un reggae le plus organique possible (d’ailleurs, les différentes pistes sont mises sur bandes). Pour ce troisième épisode de Flowering Inferno, Quantic s’est entouré de talents comme U-Roy, Alice Russell ou encore Santa Davis le temps de featuring au goût très tropical. Installé en Colombie, Will Holland creuse pour se rapprocher au maximum des racines du reggae, c’est pourquoi on retrouve de nombreuses influences latines au cœur de 1000 Watts. Branchez-vous ! © AR/Qobuz
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Dance - Paru le 12 mai 2014 | Tru Thoughts

British DJ/producer/musician Will Holland, aka Quantic, has a sprawling discography with plenty of "Quantic Presents" releases, collaborative albums, and mix CDs in the pile, but Magnetica marks his first solo studio album in more than seven years, so consider this a centerpiece release and an excellent place to jump on the man's groove train. Having lived in Columbia since 2007, his 2014 album is unsurprisingly filled with Latin sounds as cumbia beats and Portuguese lyrics come together like some kind of diaspora jigsaw puzzle but back together with only the groove in mind. "Descarga Cuantica" shuffles along with vocalist Fruko delivering the salsa as the DJ shifts the backing track toward African high life music for a jam both Joe Arroyo and Fela Kuti fans can endorse. Singer Pongolove mixes with popping marimbas as key track "Duvido" becomes a whirling dervish drenched in sunlight, and then there's the deep, robotic bassline Quantic inserts underneath, coming off as a bass-drop without the garishness of dubstep, or in other words, a bass-drop from the kind of tasteful party people that sign to labels like Tru Thoughts. Tasteful or not, the album still crackles with life, roughing it up old-school style with a primitive drum machine and MC Shinehead on "Spark It," or bubbling to boil as Colombian folk-meets-Quantic techno on "Muevelo Negro," featuring Combo Bárbaro vocalist Nidia Góngora. Even if purists with cold hearts might bristle at all the futuristic fun, there's little doubt that Holland has much love and respect for the genres from which he borrows. Magnetica is both a joyful noise and an excellent album. © David Jeffries /TiVo
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Soul/Funk/R&B - Paru le 15 avril 2002 | Tru Thoughts

With his debut singles having been championed by such taste making illuminati as Gilles Peterson, Mr Scruff and Jazzanova, Will Holland was quick to follow on these initial successes with a longplayer - The Fifth Exotic surfacing in 2001 to considerable acclaim. Like Tru Thoughts compadres Bonobo and Jon Kennedy, who went on to record for Ninja Tune and Grand Central respectively, Quantic took his inspiration from sleepy 1990s chill and his samples from an enviable collection of funk 45s. With his debut cementing a reputation as a deliverer of late night horizontal delights Apricot Morning, Holland's sophomore full length, built upon the achievements of its esteemed predecessor for something even more ambitious. This time around the work was less reliant on samples, clipping the stolen moments in favor of rippling with a live energy, undoubtedly a favourable side effect of his considerable touring experience with hotly tipped, 11-piece side project, the Quantic Soul Orchestra. As such plentiful strings found themselves rubbing against the hoots and parps of afro beat brass, loping percussion tasked with drawing these elements together into a cohesive whole. Some inspired instrumentals were further fleshed out by the wonderful vocal contributions of EQ, Bristolian hip hoppers Aspects and the majestic Alice Russell - who gave it up like Carleen Anderson on the slick "Search the Heavens". © Kingsley Marshall /TiVo
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Dance - Paru le 25 juillet 2006 | Tru Thoughts

Will Holland, the man behind Quantic, has a way of avoiding those attributes often associated with electronica that lead to criticisms of it being a cold and detached music. Maybe it's because he often uses live instrumentation as well as samples, maybe it's because of what he chooses to explore within his work, or maybe it's just a less tangible talent that Holland possesses, something that repels him from a mechanized sound towards something a lot more real. All of these things are certainly found on Quantic's fourth release, An Announcement to Answer. It's a warm, fun album, full of measured guitar riffs, cascading horns, complex rhythms, and multiple stylistic influences, from his familiar broken beat in "Bomb in a Trumpet Factory" to the salsa of "Sabor"; from the Japanese-inspired flute of "Blow Your Horn" to the loungey house in "Meet Me at the Pomegranate Tree" or to the hip-hop in "Ticket to Know Where." And yet nothing on the record seems forced or discordant or out of place, it all comes together calmly and perfectly and seamlessly, instruments entering and fading out, looped and interesting, the beat staying strong, the vocals, if any (rapper Ohmega Watts and singers Tempo and Noelle Scaggs all contribute), present and important without dominating. There are only two tracks that use solely studio equipment, the opener and the closer, but both -- the airy "Absence Heard, Presence Felt," with its strings from an old French movie, stills of the Eiffel Tower and narrow Parisian streets mixed with modern drum tracks and jazzy horns, and "Tell It Like You Mean It," all held chords and plaintive intensity -- sound as immediate as anything else on the album, and if anything, simply show off Holland's ability in the studio. It's accessible, intelligent, and engaging; yet another impressive display of the power and vitality that electronic music can have if done right, and enough to convince naysayers who may say otherwise. © Marisa Brown /TiVo
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Musiques du monde - Paru le 16 juillet 2008 | Tru Thoughts

Quantic head Will Holland introduces yet another project, Flowering Inferno, to present this travelogue, recorded in Colombia but encompassing more of the sounds of Jamaica and the Caribbean. With an admirable level of attention to detail, the cover of Death of the Revolution sports the look of classic tropical music from the '60s, the type of "music for dancing" ("musica para su baile") records often found on LPs from the Seeco or Fonseca labels. As for the music, it sounds most like the summery, pastoral rocksteady reggae of organist hero Jackie Mittoo, with guitar taking the lead or solo role as much as keyboard. It's mostly a private project, with only three of the songs featuring outside musicians and Holland handling most of the instruments -- piano, guitar, tres, accordion, bass, guacharaca, and the obscure gaita. An influences record with plenty of soul (not just dry academicism), Death of the Revolution is a solid side-project jaunt from the man who, under his Quantic guise, makes some of the best clubjazz around. © John Bush /TiVo
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Musiques du monde - Paru le 12 mai 2017 | Tru Thoughts

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Amérique latine - Paru le 18 janvier 2008 | Tru Thoughts

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Jazz - Paru le 31 juillet 2015 | Tru Thoughts

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Trip Hop - Paru le 15 avril 2002 | Tru Thoughts

With his debut singles having been championed by such taste making illuminati as Gilles Peterson, Mr Scruff and Jazzanova, Will Holland was quick to follow on these initial successes with a longplayer - The Fifth Exotic surfacing in 2001 to considerable acclaim. Like Tru Thoughts compadres Bonobo and Jon Kennedy, who went on to record for Ninja Tune and Grand Central respectively, Quantic took his inspiration from sleepy 1990s chill and his samples from an enviable collection of funk 45s. With his debut cementing a reputation as a deliverer of late night horizontal delights Apricot Morning, Holland's sophomore full length, built upon the achievements of its esteemed predecessor for something even more ambitious. This time around the work was less reliant on samples, clipping the stolen moments in favor of rippling with a live energy, undoubtedly a favourable side effect of his considerable touring experience with hotly tipped, 11-piece side project, the Quantic Soul Orchestra. As such plentiful strings found themselves rubbing against the hoots and parps of afro beat brass, loping percussion tasked with drawing these elements together into a cohesive whole. Some inspired instrumentals were further fleshed out by the wonderful vocal contributions of EQ, Bristolian hip hoppers Aspects and the majestic Alice Russell - who gave it up like Carleen Anderson on the slick "Search the Heavens". © Kingsley Marshall /TiVo
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Hip-Hop/Rap - Paru le 13 juin 2011 | Tru Thoughts

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Soul/Funk/R&B - Paru le 8 juin 2004 | Tru Thoughts

Quantic producer Will Holland is that rare figure in dance music -- a two-way threat. As a producer and programmer, he's capable of innovating even while following closely along stylistic guidelines (his include Brazilian jazz, Afro-beat, and funk). That he's also a musician, capable of anchoring a section with bass or guitar and soloing on tenor or organ, is far too much to ask for -- most acts can't manage both even when the responsibilities are spread among several bandmembers. This third Quantic full-length bests the previous two (no small feat), powered by Holland's deep grooves, deft beats, able musicianship, and best of all, his realization that a one-man band isn't much fun for artist or audience. Sidemen, especially vocalists, abound on this record, and they create the interplay needed to carry the tracks on Mishaps Happening from pleasant genre exercises to innovative, gorgeous works of their own. Sonny Akpan summons the weighty authority of Fela Kuti on his feature, "Use What You Got," and returning talent Alice Russell makes her case as the most soulful woman on wax in the 21st century. (It should come as no surprise that Quantic's U.K. home, Tru Thoughts, is giving Russell a full-length of her own.) Earthy like Jazzanova, sublime like Swayzak, always fluent in the hippest styles but able to transcend the cognoscenti, Mishaps Happening is the best record on Ubiquity since As One's 21st Century Soul (and it will stun the same audience). © John Bush /TiVo
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Dance - Paru le 4 novembre 2013 | Tru Thoughts

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R&B - Paru le 1 janvier 2013 | Tru Thoughts

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Musiques du monde - Paru le 4 août 2017 | Tru Thoughts

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Musiques du monde - Paru le 8 septembre 2014 | Tru Thoughts