We’ve long had a thing for Quantic, aka British born producer Will Holland. He moved through so many areas of electronic music during his years, and has spent the last handful of years studying and immersing himself in the music of South America, Africa and the Caribbean, producing a handful of brilliant (and often collaborative albums).
He’s back with a new project, A New Constellation, out via Tru Thoughts on 10th July, and it see’s Holland explore his jazz side, handpicking a band of some of his favourite musicians to realise his latest vision. The first glimpse of this comes with a track Creation (East L.A.), a song that encapsulates the spirit of the project, and features solo performances from Sylvester Onyejiaka on Flute and Todd Simon on Trumpet.
It opens with splashes of Latin drumming, Steel drums and these hazy guitars as it saunters forward with these disco drums giving things focus. There’s these scalic passages from the brass and winds that give the tune some focus, and as it develops there’s different lines that begin to converse. Onyejiaka’s flute glitters, while Simon’s trumpet solo is muscular and strident as the whole thing lands somewhere between 80s jazz funk and gentle house.
Doesn’t look like Quantic is going to slow down any time soon.
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