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Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno - A Life Worth Living (feat. U-Roy & Alice Russell) (12", Tru Thoughts, 2016)

As a preview for '1000 Watts', the third album from his cumbia-reggae-dub project Flowering Infernow (out of a total of 17th full-lengths!) scheduled for mid-june, Quantic releases a month before on 12 inch vinyl a superb first single, with guests Jamaican deejay and godfather of the style U-Roy, and for the chorus, soul singer and long-time collaborator Alice Russell. A first, very successful taster, announcing a clearly roots reggae shift, a very dubby sound and rhythms more and more close to 1970s Jamaica.
Review extracted from the Paris DJs Tour Operator Magazine #1 - may/june 2016 issue

Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno - A Life Worth Living feat U-Roy and Alice Russell
Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno - A Life Worth Living (feat. U-Roy & Alice Russell)
(12") Tru Thoughts Recordings TRU322, 2016-05-13

Tracklisting :
01. A Life Worth Living feat. U-Roy & Alice Russell (Long Version) 07:37
02. A Life Worth Living feat. U-Roy & Alice Russell 05:10
03. A Life Worth Living (Instrumental) 05:09

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Review (in French) : En avant-première de "1000 Watts", troisième album de son projet cumbia-reggae-dub Flowering Inferno (son dix-septième au total!) prévu pour la mi-juin, Quantic sort un mois auparavant en maxi 45 tours un superbe premier single, avec en invités le deejay Jamaicain et parrain du style U-Roy, et pour le refrain, la chanteuse soul et collaboratrice de longue date Alice Russell. Un premier extrait fort réussi, qui annonce un virage clairement reggae roots, un son très dub et des rythmes de plus en plus proches de la Jamaïque des années 1970.
Review extracted from the Paris DJs Tour Operator Magazine #1 - may/june 2016 issue

Press Release :
Out 13th May, "A Life Worth Living feat. U-Roy & Alice Russell” brings the first tantalising taste of ‘1000 Watts', the new album from Quantic's acclaimed tropical dub-infused Flowering Inferno project. With vocals from Jamaican reggae legend U-Roy and long-time Quantic collaborator Alice Russell, this 12” vinyl single boasts the long version of the track with an exclusive Quantic Dub on the B-side, while the download card and digital version of the single also highlight the album version of the song.

Laden with positive spirit and hazy tropical heat, the chorus of this single sees renowned soul singer Alice Russell reprising the delicate, Minnie-Riperton-esque vocal style that captivated the world on the Quantic & Alice Russell album (and BBC 6Music Playlisted single of the same name) ‘Look Around The Corner'. Russell's ethereal harmonies play off the charismatic stylings of toaster extraordinaire U-Roy, who is fondly known as the Originator for his central role in the evolution of dub music. "I'm a big fan of his, and have many of his old dub plate versions in my record collection”, enthuses Will "Quantic” Holland. Having laid down the instrumental track in Los Angeles – with a hypnotically catchy horn riff layered over rootsy, dub-fuelled production - Holland then recorded Russell's contribution in London before U-Roy added his part in Jamaica, vibing over the whole track in his inimitable style.

The third album from Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno, (and Holland's 17th in total, across various Quantic-related projects), ‘1000 Watts' sees this musical explorer making a more concerted foray into pure reggae-roots territory, with less of a Latin fusion element than on previous Flowering Inferno releases. Recorded direct to tape, the album draws together a set of classic style rhythms for the dancefloor, and for this outing, Holland enlisted the most prestigious roll-call of guest performers yet. Alongside U-Roy and 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.

The eagerly anticipated ‘100 Watts' album continues a thread of releases as adventurous as they are classic in style. Although technically a Quantic side-project, the Flowering Inferno series (which started with 2008's ‘Death Of The Revolution' album, followed by ‘Dog With A Rope' in 2010) has yielded some of Quantic's best loved and most in-demand tunes; the hugely popular "Cumbia Sobre El Mar”, taken from the second album, remains one of the biggest selling and most streamed tracks in the artist's stunningly rich catalogue of releases.

Now based in New York, having spent almost a decade living in Colombia, the British producer, musician and band-leader Quantic has become known as a true musical adventurer whose work has been enchanting fans and tastemakers across the world for the last 15 years. With international coverage and radio play across all major media channels, his diverse champions include Gilles Peterson, Lauren Laverne and Nemone (BBC 6Music), Jason Bentley (KCRW), Lefto and many others besides. Seeking out and collaborating with many of the world's most experienced and influential players, he has been instrumental in opening up audiences in the UK and beyond to countless rhythms and styles - including the phenomenon that is Cumbia - from across the Americas and beyond.

In March, April and May 2016, the ‘Tropical Elevation' tour sees Quantic and his new live band set-up bringing ‘1000 Watts' into the live arena, along with a dancefloor-shaking selection of sounds from across his projects.


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