Review: Marc Hype, boss of German 7-inch label Dusty Donuts, mixes up this seventh volume in Bomb Strikes' 'Funk N' Beats' series. It's an eclectic, funked-up selection that ranges freely through hip-hop from The Nextmen and Red Astaire, 'new old' funk and soul from Speedometer, Soopasoul and the Hot 8 Brass Band, nu-jazz from Nicole Willis and Jazzanova and more besides. Highlights include The Traffic's funked-up cover of Daft Punk's 'Harder Better Faster Stronger', Speedometer's cover of The Chi-lites' 'Are You My Woman?' (AKA 'Crazy In Love'), and Hype's own take on electro classic 'Al Faafyish (The Soul)'.
Review: Will Holland's 'Search The Heavens' was first released in 2002, but it's the 2003 remix package that's getting reissued here, packing re-rubs from Atjazz (AKA Martin Iveson) and Carmel (AKA Marcell Dudas). Whether by accident or design we'll never know, but the two remixes put together sum up Quantic's appeal nicely: Iveson's pass is shuffly, light-on-its-feet and has the scatty female vocal front and centre, making it one for floors where broken beat sits with soulful house and nu-jazz, while Dudas's mix is an altogether squelchier, more beats-driven pass with an alternative spoken, reggae-style male vocal, so one for the "broken beat, funk and breaks" floors.
Review: As the adapted title suggests, "Antlantic Modulations" offers up a heap of new versions of tracks from Quantic's "Antlantic Oscillations" album. The headline grabbing revisions are both of "You Used To Love Me". First Brazilian producer Selva wraps echoing vocal snippets and bubbly high register electronic motifs around tough drums and chunky, acid house style synth bass, before Alfa Mist brilliantly re-imagines the track as a drowsy fusion of baked electric piano motifs, woozy female vocals, jazzy horns and slo-mo trip-hop beats. Elsewhere, Dan Shake re-casts "September Blues" as a dreamy journey through hybrid deep house/disco pastures and Sampology delivers a Floating Points-goes-sunbathing style revision of horn-heavy shuffler "Orquedea".
You Used To Love Me (feat Denitia - Selva remix) - (3:49) 118 BPM
Review: Inspired by the dark and contemplative nights of New York City-based William Holland's first long tour across the USA, "September Blues" is a luscious serving of jazzy electronica and neo-soul, full of stunning live instrumentation. He said the track that was played a lot in their live set, which began from an improvised jam session but was refined live on stage. The Selva Remix of "You Used To Love Me" (ft. Denitia) submerges the release into the New York nightlife, informed by the British producer's bi-monthly residency at New York club space Good Room. This is the latest single taken from Atlantic Oscillations, the highly anticipated latest offering from world-renowned producer.
Review: If we're counting correctly, then this is the 16th album from Will Holland in his Quantic/Quantic Soul Orchestra guise, so you probably have a pretty good idea what to expect by now! It would be hard to claim there's much new musical ground being trodden here, but fans certainly aren't going to be disappointed, as the Tru Thoughts veteran effortlessly switches between cinematic soundscapes ('Divergence'), Balearic psych pop ('Incendium', 'Is It Your Intention'), sultry heartbreak soul ('You Used To Love Me' feat Denitia, 'Now Or Never' feat Alice Russell), Afro-Latin funk ('Tierra Mama') and more besides. Two decades into his career, Holland shows no signs of slowing down or running out of ideas just yet!
Review: Will Holland teams up with New York indie R&B vocalist Denitia Odigie (who also records as ADESUWA) on this delicately fluttering track that has echoes of both soul-folk fusions of the 70s and more contemporary art-pop. Cascading, waterfall-like synth sounds and midtempo 4/4s underpin Denitia's vocal on the Original Mix, but arguably the standout is the Alfa Mist Remix, which takes us into jazzier, more downtempo pastures, with tinkling ivories and melancholy trumpet replacing the Original's busier backdrop. Self-explanatory Instrumental, Acapella and Radio Edit rubs complete the package and help ensure maximum playability.
Review: Shockingly, it's been five years since Will Holland's last solo outing under his most familiar alias, Quantic. Now based in New York, he'll soon release what Tru Thoughts says is his "most cohesive and intricate album to date". First, though, we get this top-notch taster single. In its original form, "Atlantic Oscillations" is a killer chunk of disco fusion, with Holland wrapping cut-glass strings, bouncy pianos and tropical funk guitars around a driving, dub disco influenced groove. Fittingly, Holland has also provided a "Disco Dub" where delay-laden instrument snippets drift across the sound space while his bass-heavy groove merrily thrusts forwards towards peak-time dancefloors. The EP also boasts a killer remix from the Maghreban, who giddily loops up Holland's piano riff and bassline atop an early Chicago house style beat.
Review: Pongo Love is an Angolan born, Portuguese resident of Buraka Som Sistema fame. Here she has lent some incendiary Angolan slang to "Duvido", the first taster from "Magnetico", Will 'Quantic' Holland's forthcoming new long player. The tune showcases his desire to merge African influences with his Colombian influences: uniting curulao from the Pacific coast of Colombia with the kuduro and semba rhythms of Angola. The album's looking good so far!
Review: Veteran electronica artist Quantic, aka Will Holland, presents his new project - Western Transient. Recruiting the dulcet tones of singer Jimetta Rose, "Creation (East LA)" is a lovely slice of wistful, laid back West Coast analogue grooves. If you like your jams jazzy, analogue and soulful, you'll be all over this.