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Friday, May 06 2016 | 02:34
Image: 1603850 ‘1000 Watts’ is the third album from the tropical reggae- and dub-infused Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno project. This outing sees musical explorer Will “Quantic” Holland making a more concerted foray into pure reggae-roots territory, although flashes of Holland’s Colombian influences still shine through. A sun-drenched record, the LP is charged with atmosphere and a fitting tribute to dub music’s evolution.

Drawing together a set of classic style rhythms for the dancefloor, ‘1000 Watts’ was recorded direct to tape, with all the band members in the same room, for this outing, Holland enlisted his most prestigious roll-call of guests yet. Alongside Jamaican dub legend U-Roy and long-time collaborator Alice Russell, the featured artists include popular reggae singers Hollie Cook and Christopher Ellis, the late, great keyboard maestro Ikey Owens (whose tragic 2014 passing followed a career working with everyone from Run The Jewels to The Mars Volta to Jack White), and legendary Jamaican drummer Santa Davis, known for his work with the likes of Bob Marley and The Aggravators.

Now based in New York, after almost a decade living in Colombia, British producer, musician and band-leader Quantic has enchanted fans and tastemakers with more than 15 albums in as many years. Seeking out and working with some of the world’s most influential players, he has been instrumental in opening up audiences in the UK and elsewhere to countless rhythms and. ‘1000 Watts’ continues a thread of releases as adventurous as they are classic.

Quantic – Tropical Elevation Tour

May 10 North Sea Jazz Club, Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 11 Bird, Rotterdam, Netherlands
May 12 Dok, Ghent, Belgium
May 13 La Bellevilloise, Paris, France
May 14 Gretchen, Berlin, Germany
May 15 Funk & Soul Weekender, Camber sands, UK
May 17 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK
May 18 Constellations, Liverpool, UK
May 19 Village Underground, London, UK
May 20 Band on the Wall, Manchester, UK
May 21 Sugar Club, Dublin, Eire

FURTHER FESTIVAL DATES AND SUMMER TOUR TBA


MORE PRAISE FOR QUANTIC:

“There’s some terrific dub reggae.” – CHRIS HAWKINS (BBC 6MUSIC)

“Is there any musical genre that Will Holland touches that doesn't turn to gold?" – DJ MAG

“Quantic sits loosely alongside global music adventurers such as Damon Albarn and DJ Gilles Peterson” – THE GUARDIAN

“He does it every time!” - GILLES PETERSON (BBC 6MUSIC)

“Impressively diverse” – 4 STARS - MOJO

“Quantic’s contributions have redefined the traditional boundaries of electronic music...his ability to seamlessly combine many sounds into one cohesive composition and make it palatable to many regardless of age or musical preference.” – URB

“A very groovy delivery from Will Quantic Holland” – CERYS MATTHEWS (BBC 6MUSIC)

“It’s got an incredible sound to it” – JAMIE CULLUM (BBC RADIO 2)

"If this were the Middle Ages, Will "Quantic" Holland would probably be burned at the stake for being a wizard” - KCRW

“So amazing… a celebration of the classic soul and jazz sounds of LA” – HUEY MORGAN (BBC 6MUSIC)

“Thank you, William Quantic, for releasing amazing records” – GILLES PETERSON (BBC 6MUSIC)

“Impressively diverse” – 4 STARS - MOJO

“Lovely… sounding really great” – LAUREN LAVERNE (BBC 6MUSIC)

“What a mass of ideas he’s built up… very much one of a kind” – Q

“Rawness and soul…with the visceral punch and low-end of electronic production” - 4 STARS – RECORD COLLECTOR

“It sounds lovely, it’s a very beautiful record” – TOM RAVENSCROFT (BBC 6MUSIC)

“A wildly welcomed sheen of cool to the world music genre… delightful” – 7/10 – DJ MAG

“An absolute treat... ‘Magnetica’ reflects his freedom in multi-layered music that reveals more every time you listen to it. Very highly recommended!” – 5 STARS - DMC WORLD

“21st century carnival music that will have all the global groovers going ‘wow!’” – PARIS DJS

Tracklist (2xLP / CD):
A1 / 1. Spring Tank Fire
A2 / 2. A Life Worth Living feat. U-Roy & Alice Russell
A3 / 3. Homeward Bound
B1 / 4. Ikey’s Vibe
B2 / 5. Shuffle Them Shoes feat. Hollie Cook
B3 / 6. Dusk
B4 / 7. El Disorden
C1 / 8. 1000 Watts feat. Christopher Ellis
C2 / 9. Chambacú feat. Nidia Góngora
C3 / 10. Night Shade
D1 / 11. Macondo
D2 / 12. Flowering Theme
D3 / 13. Striding On Grand St.
D4 / 14. All I Do Is Think About You feat. Christopher Ellis
Available from 01.07.2016
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