SEE: Quantic – ‘Theme From Selva’: vinyl to follow, Selva label comp announced

Will Holland, aka Quantic

WILL HOLLAND, the Brooklyn-based, British-born musician who dazzles us with his absolute nous in a array of deeply danceable styles, has announced a twin celebration for the first anniversary of his imprint, Selva Records.

He’s releasing a compilation looking back at the eclectic grooves he’s been producing in his long-dreamt of, handcrafted studio this year, entitled Selva Selects: Thunderclaps – it’ll feature everything from leftfield library sound effects tackle to Colombian grooves, 8-bit electro and sweeping disco, and the odd exclusive thrown in – hey, this is Quantic, remember, he’s got this. That’ll be out mid-November. Watch for our review. We dig massively.

And ahead of the comp, he’s also releasing a two-track 12″, cut nice and loud, as an amuse-bouche.

The 12” will feature the grandiose, orchestral disco of “Theme From Selva” – have a watch of the graphic video below. It’s also streaming on Spotify as of today.

And as if that wasn’t enough, the flip of the wax is a heavy disco cover of Paul McCartney and Wings’ spectacular “Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five’”, from their 1973 album Band On The Run. We ain’t kiddin’ ya. The 12″ will be out on Selva come October 30th; get queuing with your PayPal at the link down at the end.

Natch, both these tracks will feature on Selva Selects: Thunderclaps, which also includes the exclusive track “Degeneration”, a Quantic collaboration with Denitia; the Colombian big band project Ondatrópica with Juancho Vargas, which is very fine; and two instrumental cumbias by Los Miticos Del Ritmo, alongside tracks by new faces Teletronix, giving it the 8-bit synth floorshakin’; and finger-clickin’, cinematic lounge-psych from Favourite People.

No wonder Billboard was moved to call Will a “one man music factory”. He’s released more than 20 albums under his various recording guises in 19 years: a phenomenal work rate that displays such an excitement for, and appreciation of, The Music.

A word on the alma mater of Quantic 2020 vintage, Selva itself: Will and his partner, Aziza Ali, conceived of a recording space and studio with natural light and the wooden grandeur of yesteryear; yet spacious enough to house Will’s vast collections of vintage recording equipment, instruments and records. And so it came to pass, in Brooklyn.

Selva also functions as a production facility, where writing, recording, mixing and mastering takes place daily. It’s a musician’s heaven; the evolution to a Releasing records on Selva, all made in this unique analogue recording environment, was a natural evolution. 

And so it came to pass, in Brooklyn. And from there he sent forth such wonders unto us. It’s a delicious prospect, what Will and Selva have in store for us in the next wheel of the calendar.

Quantic’s “Theme From Selva” / “Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five” 12″ is available to order now over at the Selva Bandcamp page, right here. Check there for Selva Selects: Thunderclaps, which you can pre-order soon. Oh, and have a browse; it’s a box of delights.

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