Friday, Feb 10 2006 | 12:30

Will Holland is a very busy boy. Still only 24 years old, he has established himself as one of the most talented and prolific artists in the world of alternative dance music today. Recording under various guises, Will first found acclaim as Quantic, fusing jazz sensibility with dance floor orientated grooves and intelligent breaks. Exploring the worlds of jazz and deep funk his second project, the Quantic Soul Orchestra, is a live affair. A group of highly talented players, the Q.S.O pays homage to the funk explosion of the early Seventies, and to the dusty 7 records that have always been an inspiration to Will. As well as Quantic and the Q.S.O Will is one half of The Limp Twins, a duo he formed with Russ Porter.

Initially a deejay partnership, it wasnt long before they started recording, with Russ taking on the vocal duties and Will adding the magic with his savvy production. He has enjoyed consistent success with his Quantic moniker. Releasing his first album The 5th Exotic in the summer of 2001, it was picked up on by some of the most respected names in underground music. Gilles Peterson, Richard Dorfmiester, Mr Scruff and LTJ Bukem all rated it very highly, not surprising when tunes like “Common Knowledge” and the classic “Life In The Rain” had blazed across dance floors all over Europe. With elements of Jazz, Funk and Afro blended with tight breaks and Will’s distinctive production “The 5th Exotic” proved irresistible to many, and won him many plaudits.

He built on this acclaim with the release of “Apricot Morning” less than a year later, dispelling any talk of the difficult second album. His sound seemed to expand in every direction on “Apricot Morning” collaborating with the incredible Alice Russell, MC EQ and Bristol’s freshest hip hop crew, Aspects. “Apricot Morning” is a perfect snapshot of everything thats happening at the jazzier end of underground music in 2002, as proved by Gilles Peterson who ranked it amongst his albums of the year.

The Quantic Soul Orchestra’s debut album “Stampede” is unleashed as of April 2003. The album is a strictly sample free, all-live affair influenced by super heavy original funk, soul, jazz and afro-beat. The band consists of highly talented musicians and features the sublime vocals of Alice Russell and John Hughes. Accredited with sheer, raw energy of their live sets, do not miss a chance to see the band perform live.

Not being one to rest on his laurels, Will released the debut album from The Limp Twins “Tales From Beyond The Groove” in 2003. One year later he released his third solo offering, the next Quantic longplayer “Mishaps Happening” on Tru Thoughts. Drawing from a wide range of musical influences, he once again delivered a veritable melting pot of grooves, fusing erstwhile soul, funk and jazz with roughed up, toughed up beats.

The brand new Quantic release “One Offs, Remixes & B Sides” is a self-explanatory collection of Quantic tracks that have not been made available together until now and have not appeared on his other three albums for Tru Thoughts. The majority of the tracks on this double CD set were originally vinyl-only releases and the album includes four previously unreleased tracks, including the Quantic and Mr Scruff collaboration “Giraffe Walk”.

During the years he has been invited to deejay throughout Europe, America, Canada, and Japan spreading the trademark Quantic sound with each set. His music has been featured on countless compilations and appeared in TV soundtracks, and as ever he has a busy schedule of remixes from respected labels across the board.

Tracklisting “One Offs, Remixes & B Sides”:

CD1
01. Quantic – Archipelago
02. Bathysphere – Where’s Vicky? (Quantic Mix)
03. Victor Malloy – The Girl Who Wasn’t There (Quantic Mix)
04. Quantic – En Focus feat. Trinidad (Pilooski Mix)
05. Future Loop Foundation – What’s Your Name (Quantic Mix)
06. Gecko Turner – Limon En La Cabeza (Quantic dub Mix)
07. Paine – Bene (Quantic Mix)
08. Dynamoe – In Your Own Time (Quantic Mix)
09. 3 mins feat. Mark Murphy – Secrets (Quantic Mix)
10. Quantic – Quick Sand
11. Quantic – Life in the Rain (Dave Da Gato’s Ferile Touch)
12. Skalpel – 1958 (Quantic Mix)
13. Handpolished – So Sudden (Quantic Mix)
14. Quantic & Mr Scruff – Giraffe Walk
15. Quantic – Departure

CD2
01. Quantic – Mishaps Happening (Quantic Beat Mix)
02. The Ogyataana Show Band – Disco Africa (Quantic Mix)
03. DJ Angola – Bailalo (Quantic Mix)
04. Quantic – Don’t Joke With a Hungry Man (Seiji Mix)
05. Quantic – Off the Beaten Track (Carmel Mix)
06. Oscar Sulley & Uhuru Dance Band – Bukom Mashie (Quantic Mix)
07. Rosie Brown – Bliss (Quantic Mix)
08. Awa Band feat. Tony Allen – Bababatteur (Quantic Mix)
09. Dublex Inc – Tango Forte (Quantic Mix)
10. UFO – Transworld (Quantic Mix)
11. Maga Bo – Tanto Faz (Quantic Mix)
12. Quantic – Perception (Nu:Tone Mix)

The collection QuanticOne Offs, Remixes & B Sides” (Tru Thoughts) is out now.

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