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~ Quantic presents The Western Transient
- Label: Tru Thoughts
- Cat Number: TRUDD157
“A very groovy delivery from Will Quantic Holland” – Cerys Matthews (BBC 6Music)
“Will Quantic does it again... Quality!” – Gilles Peterson (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
“Sounding like something between Donald Byrd’s Stepping Into Tomorrow days & FlyLo’s funkier side” – Okayplayer
“So amazing… a celebration of the classic soul and jazz sounds of LA” – Huey Morgan (BBC 6Music)
…praise for the Western Transient project
Out 13th November, “Nordeste” is the second single from ‘A New Constellation’, an album of soulful jazz instrumental pieces by Quantic Presents The Western Transient, which surprised and delighted fans on its release in July, gaining tastemaker support from BBC 6Music’s Cerys Matthews, Gilles Peterson and Huey Morgan; KCRW, FIP, Radio Nova, Jamie Cullum (BBC R2); and press love from Jazzwise, DJ Mag, Okayplayer, Wax Poetics and beyond.
Alongside “Nordeste”, which is a melodic portrait of the northeast style heard on a trip to the region of Caruaru and Recife in Brazil, this single also brings the brand new “Nordeste (David Montoya Remix)”, which sees the Mexico-born, LA-raised Montoya plying his renowned Afro-house skills for a vibrant, percussive and progressive take on the original.
Also appearing on this package is “Latitude (To The Point Version)”, an alternate version of album track “Latitude”, recorded as the theme tune for iconic LA radio station KCRW’s To The Point programme; this beautiful cut, inspired by the highs and lows of having the freedom to roam, continues the heady themes of travel, adventure, nostalgia and discovery that run through the album. Cementing their ever-growing support of Quantic’s work, KCRW also booked him for their Summer Nightsevent, where he played a triumphant live set alongside De La Soul.
The latest project from Will “Quantic” Holland, The Western Transient brings together 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 LP, '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”, he says; “Music is a muddle of transients or rather, a meeting place for them, where the short lived can become eternal.”
British born Holland has released over 16 albums - ranging from electronic solo work 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 2014 (from Colombia, where he had been settled for seven years), he started travelling the US more 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 longplayer paying homage to recording in this classic sense, and to collaborate with many of the musicians that he had worked with in 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.”
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 sessions; greatly admired soloist and arranger Sylvester Onyejiaka (AKA Sly5thAve ), on sax and flute; and 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 piano playing of Brandon Coleman, charismatic bassist Gabe Noel and the rhythmic seasoning of Alan Lightner.