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Electronic/Dance - Released June 21, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

Will Holland, aka Quantic, has finally made his return as a solo artist. The prolific musician and boss of Tru Thoughts record label has kept himself busy with a number of side projects, including releasing a jazz album with The Western Transient and a dub album with Flowering Inferno. Five years since the release of his album Magnetica he now brings us the sequel, Atlantic Oscillations. It features a track with the same name which he describes as an intentionally “bad disco tune”, reminiscent of the edits played by DJs in Brooklyn. it was here that he settled after living in Columbia for several years.Quantic blends disco, soul, pop, electro, Latin and African rhythms, synthetic and natural sounds together as seamlessly as ever. Incendium is a beautiful track in a slightly breezier Daft Punk-esque style, whereas September Blues is much groovier with its string instrumentals. Tierra Mama features Colombian singer Nidia Góngora and provides the perfect soundtrack for a ride along the Pacific coast exploring Afro-Cuban styles. You’ll also find Motivic Retrograde with its synth-amplified Malian guitar riff that almost sounds like glass rubbing, as well as the marimba in La Reflexión. Last but not least is Now or Never featuring the superb, soulful vocals of Alice Russell, making this album even classier. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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House - Released March 13, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

House - Released October 22, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 7, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 9, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 22, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

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Disco - Released June 21, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

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Dance - Released February 2, 2015 | Tru Thoughts

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Dance - Released November 22, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

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R&B - Released June 16, 2014 | Tru Thoughts

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Dance - Released June 25, 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
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Dance - Released July 24, 2006 | Tru Thoughts

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Dance - Released June 29, 2004 | Tru Thoughts

Disco - Released March 13, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

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Electronic/Dance - Released May 5, 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

Dance - Released July 9, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 7, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

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Jazz - Released July 10, 2015 | Tru Thoughts

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Electronic/Dance - Released April 2, 2012 | Tru Thoughts

On paper, it's an amazing idea: get British retro-soul diva Alice Russell into the studio with her compatriot and fellow legend of old-school grooves Quantic, and see what happens. To some degree, the results are delightfully predictable: Quantic is great at putting together vintage funk and Latin musical concepts and recording them in such a way that you have to double-check to make sure the tracks weren't laid down 40 years ago. And at its best, this album draws on classic sounds and arrangements but creates something new and wonderful with them. The horns (and flute) on "Magdalena" perfectly complement Russell's powerful voice, "Travelling Song" is a gorgeous piece of minor-key soul, and "I'd Cry" is a similarly lovely romantic plea in a Latin-soul style. When the album isn't at its best, though, it falls prey to the temptation of sonic verisimilitude, as if what made 1960s soul music great was the fact that drums tended to be poorly miked ("Look Around the Corner") and pianos not always perfectly tuned ("I'll Keep My Light in My Window"). More serious, though, is the fundamental artistic mismatch that gradually becomes clear: Russell's powerhouse voice is not used to best advantage on the lightly dancing Latin-soul grooves that are Quantic's strength, and so on a number of tracks it sounds as if she's a racehorse being kept to a trot. That's not enough to keep this from being a very good album, but it prevents it from being a great one. ~ Rick Anderson
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Trip Hop - Released June 25, 2002 | Tru Thoughts