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Quantic The Best Of Quantic
Quantic - The Best of Quantic
(2xCD/2xLP/Digital) Tru Thoughts TRUCD235/TRULP235, 2011-09-05

Quantic has been re-inventing his music from the very beginning, and never stopped. I sorted his first albums in my 'electronic' section. Then came the Quantic Soul Orchestra that had to go in the funk/soul section. Then I got lost. Latin/Columbian stuff. Reggae stuff. A mixture of both and of all the rest before. Plus hip hop. Well I guess it'll be easier to put it all in any groovy section, filed under 'Quantic'! To rewind all those years of cool and exciting new records, here's an exhaustive compilations, including the new tracks Cumbia Clash by Quantic and Left & Right by The Quantic Soul Orchestra feat. Alice Russell!!

Quantic The Best Of Quantic
Quantic - The Best of Quantic
(2xCD/2xLP/Digital) Tru Thoughts TRUCD235/TRULP235, 2011-09-05

Tracklisting CD1 :
01. Quantic - Time Is The Enemy
taken from The 5th Exotic (2001)
02. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno - Cuidad Del Swing
taken from Death Of The Revolution (2008)
03. Spanky Wilson & The Quantic Soul Orchestra - I'm Thankful
taken from I'm Thankful (2006)
04. Quantic & His Combo Bárbaro - The Dreaming Mind (Part 1)
taken from Tradition In Transition (2009)
05. Quantic y Conjuntco - Step Into A World (Rapture's Delight)
taken from Hip Hop En Cumbia (2011)
06. Quantic & His Combo Bárbaro - Linda Morena
taken from Tradition In Transition (2009)
07. The Limp Twins - Sunday Driver
taken from Tales From Beyond The Groove (2003)
08. Quantic - Absence Heard, Presence Felt
taken from An Announcement To Answer (2006)
09. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno - Dog With A Rope
taken from Dog With A Rope (2010)
10. Quantic & His Combo Bárbaro - Wandering Star
taken from Unfold Presents Tru Thoughts Covers (2009)
11. Kinny - Enough Said feat. The Quantic Soul Orchestra
taken from Idle Forest Of Chit Chat (2009)
12. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno - Echate Pa'lla (Version)
taken from Dog With A Rope (2010)
13. The Quantic Soul Orchestra - Who Knows feat. Kabir
taken from Tropidélico (2007)
14. Quantic And His Combo Bárbaro - New Morning (Slow Version)
taken from 12" Un Canto A Mi Tierra (2010)
15. Quantic - Cumbia Clash
exclusive new track
16. The Quantic Soul Orchestra feat. Alice Russell - Left & Right
exclusive new track

Tracklisting CD2 :
01. Quantic & Nickodemus feat. Tempo & The Candela All-Stars - Mi Swing Es Tropical
taken from 7" Mi Swing Es Tropical (2007)
02. Quantic - Transatlantic
taken from Apricot Morning (2002)
03. Quantic - Life In The Rain
taken from The 5th Exotic (2001)
04. The Quantic Soul Orchestra - Pushin' On feat. Alice Russell
taken from Pushin On (2005)
05. Quantic - Don't Joke With A Hungry Man feat. Spanky Wilson
taken from Mishaps Happening (2004)
06. Quantic - Search The Heavens feat. Alice Russell
taken from Apricot Morning (2002)
07. Quantic feat. Tempo - Sabor
taken from An Announcement To Answer (2006)
08. Quantic - Not So Blue
taken from Apricot Morning (2002)
09. Quantic - Sol Clap
taken from Wonderwheel Recordings' EP compilation Turntables On The Hudson Vol. 8: Reflecting Cielo
10. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno - Death Of The Revolution
taken from Death of The Revolution (2008)
11. The Quantic Soul Orchestra - Hold It Down
taken from Stampede (2003)
12. Alice Russell - Somebody's Gonna Love You feat. Quantic
taken from Under The Munka Moon (2004)
13. Quantic And His Combo Bárbaro - Enyere Kumbara
taken from 7" Linda Morena / Enyere Kumbara (2009)
14 The Limp Twins - Elemental
taken from Tales From Beyond The Groove (2003)
15. The Quantic Soul Orchestra - Super 8
taken from 7" Super 8 (2001)
16. Quantic - Perseption
taken from Mishaps Happening (2004)

Tracklisting 2xLP :
A1. Quantic - Time Is The Enemy
taken from The 5th Exotic (2001)
A2. Quantic & His Combo Bárbaro - Wandering Star
taken from Unfold Presents Tru Thoughts Covers (2009)
A3. Kinny - Enough Said feat. The Quantic Soul Orchestra
taken from Idle Forest Of Chit Chat (2009)
A4. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno - Echate Pa'lla (Version)
taken from Dog With A Rope (2010)
B1. Quantic y Conjuntco - Step Into A World (Rapture's Delight)
taken from Hip Hop En Cumbia (2011)
B2. Quantic And His Combo Bárbaro - New Morning (Slow Version)
taken from 12" Un Canto A Mi Tierra (2010)
B3. Quantic & Nickodemus feat. Tempo & The Candela All-Stars - Mi Swing Es Tropical
taken from 7" Mi Swing Es Tropical (2007)
B4. Quantic - Transatlantic
taken from Apricot Morning (2002)
C1. The Quantic Soul Orchestra - Pushin' On feat. Alice Russell
taken from Pushin On (2005)
C2. Quantic - Don't Joke With A Hungry Man feat. Spanky Wilson
taken from Mishaps Happening (2004)
C3. The Quantic Soul Orchestra - Hold It Down
taken from Stampede (2003)
C4. The Quantic Soul Orchestra - Super 8 (part 1)
taken from 7" Super 8 (2001)
D1. Quantic - Life In The Rain
taken from The 5th Exotic (2001)
D2.Quantic And His Combo Bárbaro - Enyere Kumbara
taken from 7" Linda Morena / Enyere Kumbara (2009)
D3. Quantic - Cumbia Clash
exclusive new track

Links :
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Press Release :
'The Best Of Quantic' is out on 5th September, on double CD and vinyl, to celebrate an incredible ten years of swinging and soulful, funk-filled and tropical, authentic and innovative, DJ-delighting, booty-shaking, culture-clashing, horizon-broadening and consistently sweet music from Quantic on Tru Thoughts records. All the biggest tunes are here, plus three exclusive new tracks.

It is a decade since a 20-year-old Will Holland (aka Quantic) came to meet Tru Thoughts A&R Robert Luis, holding in his hand the demo that was soon to become his first album, 'The 5th Exotic'. Picked up on by the biggest names in underground music at the time, including Gilles Peterson, LTJ Bukem and Richard Dorfmeister, it was clear that this impressive debut heralded a very special new arrival onto the scene. A record-obsessed DJ and crate-digger, his musical talents have always been matched by a rare curiosity and drive that sets him apart. His passion to find the roots of the sounds that he loves has taken him on a journey from the UK to Cali, Colombia, where he now lives and works with a diverse and vibrant mix of musicians.

Under his various guises, this musical troubadour has now released twelve albums and can truly lay claim to some of the most vital, fresh and soulful music of our time. 'The Best Of Quantic' highlights the stunning range of his work, bringing together some of the biggest tracks from across his many projects (plus three exclusive new cuts). The Quantic Soul Orchestra's heavy soulful funk; the dub and reggae fusion of Flowering Inferno; the Latin swing and eclectic tropical rhythms of Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro; The Limp Twins' leftfield indie/beats. Added to these are tracks with Alice Russell, Kinny and the legendary Spanky Wilson; the Tempo, Nickodemus and Candela collaboration "Mi Swing Es Tropical", recorded in Puerto Rico, which soundtracked a worldwide Apple iPod advert; and of course the DJ and club-orientated Quantic studio productions that kicked it all off and still continue to move feet and minds the World over.

Robert Luis, who had the task of condensing Quantic's oeuvre into two discs' worth, reflects: "When we met, I was truly amazed by this young guy's production skills, musical ability and deep knowledge of all kinds of genres. I could never have predicted Will's trajectory and the twists and turns he's taken – and I won't try to predict where he's headed in the future! As a label we support whatever direction he pursues, as his path is truly his own. Every time Quantic delivers an album I get very excited, and I have never been disappointed in 10 years. I'm certain there are many more sonic masterpieces on their way in the next decade too."

Having become hugely in-demand as a DJ, and with his solo productions gaining ever more acclaim, Will Holland formed The Quantic Soul Orchestra while still in his early 20s. Directing his own live orchestra of some of the UK's top talents allowed him the scope to bring his ideas out of the studio, and this incendiary live act garnered a widespread following, becoming instrumental in the funk and soul resurgence of the early 2000s and headlining festivals including The Big Chill and Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival.

The fourth Quantic Soul Orchestra album, Tropidélico, came out just after Will Holland's move to Colombia, when he found himself once again at a point of flux. Following the release, which sold over 40,000 copies, and a hugely successful world tour, he disbanded The Quantic Soul Orchestra in order to realise the next phase in his musical vision, working with more of the musicians in his new locality, and the Combo Bárbaro was born. Discontinuing his successful Soul Orchestra at the top of its game and introducing a completely new band-name to his fans was seen as a risky business, but as always he followed his instincts and ultimately the music did the talking...

'Tradition In Transition' - the first album from Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro in 2009 – built on all that had come before, combining the rhythms of Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean with funk, soul and folkloric influences. It features revered Peruvian pianist Alfredo Linares; Pacific folklore singer Nidia Góngora; septuagenarian Panamanian singer Kabir; Cali livewire Freddie Colorado on percussion; Heliocentrics man Malcolm Catto on drums; and strings by the legendary Brazilian arranger Arthur Verocai. Widely regarded as a masterpiece, it gained rave reviews across the board. Honouring and utilising its contributors' backgrounds while conjuring up a unique brand of contemporary music, the album elevated Quantic once and for all from his position as a star of the leftfield dance music world to someone who now commands attention far beyond his scene.

Over the course of his career, Quantic has been featured in the majority of the World's music and cultural press. At Glastonbury festival last year, Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro were chosen by BBC TV as a festival highlight, and the full set was filmed and broadcast as part of their BBC 2 coverage. The quality of his work cuts across genre boundaries, and finds support in the most diverse arenas. Radio playlisting, sessions, features, DJ mixes, interviews and more have appeared on BBC Radios 1, 2, 3 and 6Music, XFM, Ministry Of Sound and NME Radio in the UK; FIP and Nova (France); NPR and KCRW and beyond in the US; and J-Wave in Japan, plus much more. Press-wise, he has graced the pages of traditional music glossies Q and MOJO to broadsheets including The Independent and The Guardian; ahead-of-the-curve titles like Notion, Shook, XLR8R, Wax Poetics and Fact; through to leading World music titles like Songlines.

Music that takes you on a journey is a well worn cliché, but 'The Best Of Quantic' is a collection that really does represent the journeys of this unique artist. Even before his move to Colombia, Quantic was no ordinary young producer. From his late teens he would DJ around the world, digging in crates from New York to Moscow, Panama to Ethiopia, in search of sounds – old and new – to pepper his DJ sets and spark his own creations. In turn, his work is now at the centre of the surge of interest in Afro and Latin rhythms; he has been an inspiration in the popularisation of Cumbia, in particular, and in this way his work is feeding back out into the beautiful melting pot of the rhythms and sounds that so captivate him.

Biography :
Will Holland, aka Quantic, is one of the most talented and prolific artists in the world of alternative dance music today. Recording under various guises, (Will's musical projects also include The Limp Twins, a duo he formed with sometime DJ partner Russell Porter on vocals, and his unmistakably savvy production completing the magic), it is under the Quantic moniker that he has blazed a trail where others have followed, enjoying consistent acclaim and success, with solo work leading to live bands the Quantic Soul Orchestra and more recently Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro, plus the intriguing Flowering Inferno side project.

Holland released his first Quantic album, 'The 5th Exotic' in the summer of 2001 on Tru Thoughts, when he was just 20. It was picked up on by some of the most respected names in underground music. Richard Dorfmiester, Mr Scruff and LTJ Bukem all raved about it, not surprising when tunes like "Common Knowledge" and the near 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 distinctive production, 'The 5th Exotic' proved irresistible and won many plaudits.

Building on this acclaim, the release of 'Apricot Morning' less than a year later dispelled any talk of "the difficult second album"; his sound seemed to expand in every direction and he became the first Tru Thoughts artist to collaborate with Alice Russell as well as recording with MC EQ and Bristol's freshest hip hop crew, Aspects. 'Apricot Morning' is a perfect snapshot of everything 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 release of the album 'Mishaps Happening' in 2004 saw Quantic continuing to work with Alice Russell as well as recording two tracks with the legendary Spanky Wilson (with whom he went on to collaborate on a tour and an electrifying album for his Quantic Soul Orchestra... but that's another story). Quantic released a two-disc 'One Offs, Remixes and B Sides' album in 2005, which featured Mr Scruff and remixes by Pilooski and Seiji; and his fifth long player, 'An Announcement To Answer' followed in 2006, cementing his reputation as a 21st Century Quincy Jones.

Quantic regularly DJs across the world (and we mean the World not just America, Europe and Japan) spreading the unique Quantic sound with each set. His music has been featured on countless compilations and TV soundtracks, and he has a busy schedule of remixes and collaborations across the board; his track with Nickodemus, "Mi Swing Es Tropical", soundtracked Apple's worldwide summer iPod advert.

In 2007 Will Holland relocated to Cali, Colombia, where he has had a studio built and is continuing to create exciting music at a characteristically prolific rate, taking inspiration from the heady mix of rhythms and sounds on his doorstep. This inspiration saw a new project come to life in 2008, under the moniker Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno, a summery dub and reggae-inspired affair with an authentic tropical vibe. The album, 'Death Of The Revolution' came out in July 2008 featuring Holland on various instruments with contributions from a host of Latin American musicians, including the legendary Peruvian pianist Alfredo Linares. This album pricked up the ears of many tastemakers and fans alike, including Gilles Peterson and Mark Lamarr (BBC Radio 2), who were excited and curious about the new musical progression - and impressed that it sounded as stunning and original as any Quantic album to date.

Over the years, Quantic's amazing catalogue of releases has been peppered with highly acclaimed albums by full live band The Quantic Soul Orchestra, and the big story for 2009 was the formation of Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro, a handpicked band of internationally renowned musicians (several of whom featured on the Flowering Inferno project) to take over from The Quantic Soul Orchestra in realising the next stage of Holland's musical vision. The highly acclaimed album, 'Tradition In Transition' reached No. 4 in the official European World Music Chart and garnered rave reviews and features in publications across the board, from world music titles to hipster lifestyle magazines. It was accompanied by a beautiful and intriguing film by renowned photographer/director B+, capturing the rhythms of life in Cali. A tour of the UK and Europe included a headline set at the Big Chill, a sold-out show at London's Roundhouse, and proved to be an electrifying live experience.

The Combo Bárbaro toured the UK and Europe again in June/July 2010, with major festival sets including Glastonbury, which was broadcast on BBC TV. The new Flowering Inferno album 'Dog With A Rope' came out to much acclaim in July.

Early 2011 saw the release of the "Caliventura EP", featuring remixes of Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro by Daedelus, J-Boogie, Cut Chemist and more; further DJ dates and a full live tour of the UK and Europe are confirmed for the Summer, and a 'Best Of' collection will be released in September, to celebrate ten remarkable years of Quantic making music on Tru Thoughts.

Feedback :
He always surprises and never disappoints! A true giant and a huge inspiration."
- GILLES PETERSON (BBC RADIO 1)
"When I think of Quantic two things come to mind: space and bass. Quantic is the tropical dub master." - DON LETTS (BBC 6MUSIC)
"Essential listening. His musical adventurousness keeps me fascinated." - HARRY SHEARER (NPR / THE SIMPSONS / SPINAL TAP)
"...i'm fully aware of Quantic's importance in the new soul/jazz scene." - MARK RONSON
"Quantic has produced, in one decade, a genre spanning body of work most others couldn't in a lifetime" - BONOBO
"He's pushing boundaries while always respecting tradition. I dig him, immensely." - EGON (NOW AGAIN / STONES THROW)
"Quantic is a true heavyweight who brings soul & energy to everything he touches" - MR SCRUFF
"Quantic has come to represent the revolutionary power of roots music, amplifying a populist spirit of life to the world through his musical exploits every time." - JASON BENTLEY (KCRW, MUSIC DIRECTOR)
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