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R&B - Released September 6, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

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"Moonchild’s sound is fit for R&B purists, as much as modern jazz aficionados and pop enthusiasts, and the group has managed to operate within cross-cultural lines with more grace than most recent outfits."
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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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Trip Hop - Released June 16, 2017 | Tru Thoughts

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R&B - Released August 16, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 3, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

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R&B - Released May 26, 2017 | Tru Thoughts

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Dub - Released June 17, 2016 | Tru Thoughts

1000 Watts is the third offering by Quantic's Flowering Inferno project. The producer/DJ/musician Will Holland (aka Quantic) brings the sound full circle. The series was originally conceived to marry Caribbean and Latin American musics (especially cumbia). 2008's Death of the Revolution was an easy-grooving set consisting mostly of humid, jazzy, rocksteady reggae with some South American harmonics and rhythms. 2010's Dog with a Rope featured a larger cast of players -- including pianist Alfredo Linares -- and focused hard on the Latin side. It highlighted the prominent but laid-back basslines characteristic of both cumbia and reggae, along with a percussion army to create something melodic, danceable, and hypnotic. Six years on, 1000 Watts moves back to the Caribbean in a steaming set of roots reggae jams. Cumbia is present but doesn't show up -- overtly -- until the album's midpoint. Quantic employs a great cast of singers and players, among them Jamaican drummer Carlton "Santa" Davis (Abyssinians, Aggrovators, Bob Marley) and the late keyboardist Isaiah "Ikey" Owens (Mars Volta, Jack White). Quantic recorded them in the same room live to tape. Check the deep dread dub of opener "Spring Tank Fire" (named for the spring reverb box inside vintage amplifiers) with its bright chunky guitar, vamping horns, echo-laden drums, and steamy bass pulse. First single "A Life Worth Living" offers skanking horns and vintage dancehall riddims that frame the legendary U-Roy's iconic toasting and Alice Russell's sweet, soulful backing vocals. Hollie Cook offers a slippery, nocturnal meld of rocksteady reggae and jazzy soul on "Shuffle Them Shoes" led by a swirling tenor saxophone and grooving B-3. Christopher Ellis guests on two tracks, including the title number, where blasting sound system grooves meet sultry lovers rock. It's followed by "Chambacú," a killer cumbia cover delivered by Nidia Góngora, who has worked with Quantic on more folk-oriented projects in the past. The instrumental "Homeward Bound" weds late ska-style horns to a string chart that could have come straight from Motown and underscores them with dank, smoky dub. And speaking of ska, another cover, "Macondo," blurs the line between it and vallenato with jaunty accordion breaks in the bridge and outro. The set closes with Ellis delivering a uniquely arranged cover of Stevie Wonder's "All I Do Is Think About You," an homage to the Tammi Terrell hit. The locked, summery reggae riddims are framed by a small string section that's mixed way up front with the vocal and offer dramatic fills in support. Sunny guitar and a backing chorus accent each of his sung lines, underscoring the track's romantic lyrics. The Flowering Inferno series may one of Holland's side projects, but it stands apart from his Quantic Soul Orchestra, remixes and other productions. Its sheer musicality makes it one of his most consistent and expressive of the unit's three albums, and 1000 Watts is easily the strongest. ~ Thom Jurek
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R&B - Released November 20, 2015 | Tru Thoughts

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Jazz - Released February 16, 2018 | Tru Thoughts

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released October 4, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

Jazz - Released November 17, 2017 | Tru Thoughts

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Electronic/Dance - Released November 3, 2017 | Tru Thoughts

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Trip Hop - Released August 12, 2002 | Tru Thoughts

Simon Green's debut single and subsequent Animal Magic album for Tru Thoughts drew the attention of such heavyweights as XL and Mute, though it was his eventual defection to Ninja Tune and the subsequent reissue of the long-player that brought him to the attention of the masses. This interim offering preempted his sophomore album for Ninja and sees his original label collate an album of his work as both a remixer and remixee, opening with his take of Stuart Cullen's sublime "Turtle," with Green wisely retaining its signature whistle while rounding off the beats a little and throwing in some gentle keyboard parts for more flavor. Thoughts compadres Quantic and Jon Kennedy get a look in, though it's Green's own work which receives the props; the inclusion of the singles "Dismantling Frank," "The Sicilian," "Magicman," and "Scuba" only reinforce a great album that works in its own right. ~ Kingsley Marshall
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Electronic/Dance - Released January 27, 2017 | Tru Thoughts

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Trip Hop - Released October 28, 2013 | Tru Thoughts

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World - Released May 12, 2017 | Tru Thoughts

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Jazz - Released May 18, 2018 | Tru Thoughts

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R&B - Released July 12, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 24, 2019 | Tru Thoughts

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Jazz - Released January 25, 2019 | Tru Thoughts