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Creation (East L.A.)
~ Quantic presents The Western Transient
- Label: Tru Thoughts
- Cat Number: TRUDD144
“Is there any musical genre that Will Holland touches that doesn't turn to gold?" – DJ MAG
“Thank you, William Quantic, for releasing amazing records” - GILLES PETERSON (BBC 6MUSIC)
“Quantic sits loosely alongside global music adventurers such as Damon Albarn and DJ Gilles Peterson” – THE GUARDIAN
“Impressively diverse”– 4 STARS - MOJO …recent praise for Quantic
“Creation (East L.A.)”, out 10th July, is the lead single to be lifted from ‘A New Constellation’, an album of soulful jazz instrumental pieces by Quantic Presents The Western Transient.
Coming out on 10th July, two weeks ahead of the album, “Creation (East L.A.)” is a song for winding your car windows down, dedicated to many good times in East LA and encapsulating the spirit of this project, with solo performances by Sylvester Onyejiaka on flute & Todd Simon on trumpet. The single package also boasts “Creation (East L.A.) (The Reflex Revision)”, which sees remixer extraordinaire The Reflex working his magic on the track for discerning dancefloors. The album track “A New Constellation” is also highlighted on the single, bringing sonic imagery of a burgeoning galaxy to symbolise new beginnings and featuring a transporting Moog solo by Brandon Coleman.
The latest project from Will “Quantic” Holland, The Western Transient brings together a handpicked band of some of his favourite musicians to realise a set of new compositions paying homage to the rich, lively and intimate quality of the classic soul and jazz recordings. In characteristically mercurial fashion this new outing sees Holland following up the explosive, worldly electronic and vocal direction of his last solo album, 'Magnetica', with a suite of traditionally recorded pieces that capture the spontaneous beauty in the old ways of music making.
“A transient is a burst of energy that hits and falls off, leaving nothing behind. It is temporary, momentary in its action, like an ink drop on a page that fades almost as soon as it’s dry”, says Holland; “Music is a muddle of transients or rather, a meeting place for them, where the short lived can become eternal.”
His thirst for musical exploration has seen British born Holland release over 15 albums - ranging from electronic solo productions via the full live funk and soul bands the Quantic Soul Orchestra and the Combo Bárbaro to Latin, African and Caribbean styles - and become renowned as one of music’s modern trailblazers. On moving to New York in early 2014 (from Colombia, where he had been settled for seven years), he started travelling the US more regularly as a DJ as well as with his band. Rediscovering his love affair with instrumental jazz and soul records in which the studio ensemble takes the spotlight, he decided to record a full length album paying homage to recording in this classic sense and also to collaborate with many of the musicians that he had worked with in the city of Los Angeles. “In independent music, LA has always had a sound and ethos that is contagious, and I’ve spent many hours in the city for the odd show, overdub or a quick breeze through on tour”, explains Holland; “So, I returned to the western metropolis enlisting a cast of revered musicians, seven reels of magnetic tape and an Ampex tape machine. It’s difficult not to love anything recorded through an Ampex.”
The compositions themselves were prepared over a series of writing sessions in an autumnal Brooklyn. “The themes reflect the beginnings of living in a new city, a creative intermission and a desire to experiment with an instrumental jazz format on American soil”, Holland elaborates. Also set for the limelight ahead of the LP, in addition to the single, is album opener “Latitude”, a beautiful track inspired by the highs and lows of having the freedom to roam, which has been licensed as a theme song by LA’s iconic KCRW (Quantic also plays live at KCRW’s Summer Nights alongside De La Soul).
Band director, producer and rhythm guitarist on ‘A New Constellation’, Holland is joined by Wilson Viveros, whose provocative drumming has contributed to many of Quantic’s live shows and Colombian sessions; greatly admired soloist and arranger Sylvester Onyejiaka (AKA Sly5thAve ), another regular Quantic band member, on sax and flute; trumpeter Todd Simon, with whom Holland struck up a friendship on an early LA trip, sparking a long-time desire to get back into the studio together. Completing the band is the energising electric piano playing of Brandon Coleman, charismatic bassist Gabe Noel and the rhythmic seasoning of Alan Lightner on percussion.