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Quantic– “Duvidó feat. Pongolove”
Pairs Well With… Spanky Wilson, Alice Russell, Russell Porter
Quantic remains one of the most impressive producers in World music. His tasteful mixing of beats with traditional singing is some of the most compelling Latin music in recent memory. This combination is in full effect on the lead single Duvidó from his upcoming album Magnetica.
2012 Review: Quantic is Will Holland, a UK born musician on a mission to take part in spreading geographically isolated music across the globe. His most recent passion is Cumbia music, a highly rhythmic cultural mash up of a genre, which originated in Columbia and is popular across Latin America. Check out tracks from the fantastic 2007 Quantic Soul Orchestra album Tropidélico or Tradition in Translation by Quantic and his Combo Bárbaroto get a feel for Holland’s spin on Cumbia. His aim at spreading music across the globe cuts right to the heart of music geeks who love to experience the music of other regions and cultures. What’s so impressive about Will Holland is that he is inspired in so many genres and works with so many artists. From his early electronic work through his more ambitious recent work with his Combo Bárbaro and beyond he has produced unique, thought provoking, and significant music. His website is a great door into his ever expanding musical universe. While Quantic’s music is not for all, there are little to no pop aesthetics, for the adventurous listener there is a wealth of music across his dozen plus albums.
Chet Faker– “Talk Is Cheap”
Pairs Well With… Flume, Sampha, James Vincent McMorrow
Australian vocalist Chet Faker popped up on our radar when he released the collaborative EP Lockjaw with one of last year’s SXSW standout artists, Flume. His solo releases are a bit more soulful than the collaboration with Flume. The most recent single Talk is Cheap features a fantastic saxophone element that wails behind Faker’s smooth relaxed vocals. The song is one of the catchiest ear bugs I’ve heard throughout this year’s reviews, I was hooked instantly. He notes his parent’s records and singers Chet Baker and Bob Dylan as influences. The vulnerability heard in his voice is reminiscent of Baker’s iconic singing. Faker’s absorbing style makes him one of the most appealing of this year’s SXSW artists.