Shot during the three week recording process, this 12 part web series will tell you of the places and the individuals that are behind this Colombian adventure that has taken months of preparation. Each new episode will be premiered weekly on different sites in Europe, North America and Latin America.
Conceived by Colombian musician Mario Galeano, the force behind the band Frente Cumbiero, and English producer Will Holland, Ondatrópica brings together an all-star cast representing both the classic and modern styles of la musica Colombiana.
Over 3 weeks in January 2012 at the famous Discos Fuentes studios in Medellín legendary figures from Colombian music joined a group of younger Colombian musicians. The plan; to re-interpret the tropical musical heritage of Colombia with new approaches in composition, arrangement and production in a classic and mythical setting.
Having just released their debut album a 12 piece Ondatrópica touring band hits the road for the first time playing shows in London, Brighton, Berlin and New York.
This project is thanks to the support of the British Council, Radio Nacional de Colombia, Shock Magazine, Movistar Colombia, Ministry of Culture, La Ceguera, La Cápsula and Soundway Records.
Ondatrópica will release their debut album through Soundway Records on 16th July. The project, conceived by Colombian musician Mario Galeano, the force behind the band Frente Cumbiero, and English producer Will Holland AKA Quantic, brings together an iconic group of top Colombian musicians representing both the classic and more modern styles of la musica Colombiana. The album will be released on CD, 3xLP & download along with a limited edition, case bound double CD featuring bonus tracks and a 40 page booklet.
Ondatrópica fuses traditional Colombian styles such as cumbia, gaita and champeta with boogaloo, ska, beat-box, hip hop, dub and funk to create a progressive album that re-interprets the tropical musical heritage of Colombia with new approaches in composition, arrangement and production. Artists such as Fruko, Anibal Velasquez, Michi Sarmiento, Alfredito Linares and Wilson Viveros (to name a few) joined a group of younger Colombian musicians, including members of both Mario’s band Frente Cumbeiro and Quantic’s Combo Barbaro, to (re)generate the excitement that positioned Colombian music as one of the most influential in South America.
Soundway’s exploration into Colombian music began in 2007 with it’s much acclaimed compilation ‘Colombia! The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes The Powerhouse of Colombian Music 1960-76’ which features many original works from the above-mentioned artists. Supported by the British Council, Ondatrópica came together over 3 weeks in January 2012 in the legendary Discos Fuentes studios in Medellín. Celebrated engineer Mario Rincon, responsible for some of Discos Fuentes’ best recordings of the 1970s, was on hand throughout passing on his extensive knowledge of recording and playing technics used in past decades.
Ondatrópica will perform at The Hackney Empire on 20 July 2012 and appear on the Americas Stage at the Tower of London as part of the BT River of Music on the 22 July 2012.
Quantic and Alice Russell Band on the Wall, Manchester Friday 4th May 2012
Review: Agent J
Look Around The Corner, out last month on Tru Thoughts and the first full collaborative album between Alice Russell and Will Holland (aka Quantic), has woken up a few heads who might have thought the days of new quality soul of this ilk had passed. And so, there’s a high expectation of the live shows these two are putting on as Will returns to tour his home shores (now calling Cali, Columbia home).
There’s always an air of mystery around Quantic. Casual listeners see a sea of albums, twelves and side projects but every one of those is imbued with a special, soulful formula that if you follow, you will find fulfilment. Do your research: http://www.quantic.org/projects. Lots of people already knew, and there were suitable mumblings of reverence as he took to the stage. Alice Russell is equally as well spoken of, many a tastemaker’s definition of how UK soul should be sung.
This new album plays as a sequel/companion of sorts to Tradition in Transition, Will’s debut with his Columbian band (el Combo Barbaro) following his move to South America. Shipping over Alice to record with those musicians, I was a little worried that the live incarnation this time around, containing only two South American players, wouldn’t be able to carry off the LP’s sound. I’d been lucky enough to catch the full Combo last time ’round (in Uppermill!), and that was phenomenal.
But this is Quantic we’re talking about, and precision is key. Drafting in the Quantic Soul Orchestra’s (and Madlib and DJ Shadow collaborator) Malcolm Catto on drums, el Combo’s Freddy Colorado on percussion and true Peruvian legend Alfredito Linares on keys, Alice’s trusty backing singer/fiddle player Mike Simmonds (sounding like a brass section with that one instrument) and Dan Swain’s double bass rounded out a force to be reckoned with.
Will played his usual role of band-leader-in-the-background, occasionally venturing to the mic but always ensuring the music was the focus point. Kicking off with the instrumental Una Tarde en Mariquita, Alice was brought on to a rapturous reception for I’ll Keep my Light In My Window, charming, down to earth and soulful as ever. The Stranglers’ Golden Brown, from Will’s Soundway album Los Miticos del Ritmo, saw him donning an accordion and was a nice interlude of sorts: nothing was too samey tonight.
A side note about the venue here… these sold out shows at Manchester’s Band on the Wall are crazy good. The same vibe was clear with Lee Fields a few weeks back: the size of the venue lends itself well to intimacy with the artists performing, often meaning they’re putty in the hands of the band. Lots of whole venue clapping and singing tonight (and dancing instigated by Freddy, more on that in a minute) together with a monster of a sound system resulted in party vibes all the way. It looked like the band appreciated that intimacy too, as their London gig at Koko was to a good 1500 peeps as opposed to the 350/400 here tonight.
Throwing a couple of choice Alice/QSO and Alice cuts into the mix stirred the audience up even more: Pushing On was a good ten minutes of audience participation thanks to Alice’s relentless enthusiasm, before the bliss of Look Around the Corner finished the main set with another collective crowd smile and singalong. Encoring with Here Again was funky, but End of the Road was always one of those tracks that just made you want to run on the spot – something Freddy exploited well here:
I saw another review (of the London show at Koko) that complained that Quantic had too much history, projects and releases to keep track of and this marred enjoyment of the show. Apart from being a heftily ridiculous thing to write, this misses the whole point of show like tonight’s: lose yourself in the rhythm, lose yourself in the sound. And enjoy Quantic’s hat, it’s always good.
Una Tarde en Mariquita
I’ll Keep my Light In My Window
Living the Life of a Dreamer
Road to Islay
Cumbia de Mochilla
Take Your Time, Change Your Mind
Look Around the Corner
End of the Road
From the sweltering tropical depths of Cali, Colombia Will ‘Quantic’ Holland’s studio band Los Miticos Del Ritmo (The Mythics of Rhythm) return with an album of hip shaking, dancefloor quaking instrumental cumbias. Released on CD, LP and download on the 30th April. The LP is 100% analogue and comes with an original screen-printed front cover designed by the London based artist Lewis Heriz.
Assembled using vallenato and cumbia musicians living in Cali, Los Miticos del Ritmo are a 7 piece studio band put together by British musician, producer and now Colombian resident Will ‘Quantic’ Holland.
Covers of Queen’s ‘Another One Bites The Dust’, Michael Jackson’s ‘Don’t Stop’, The Abyssinians reggae classic ‘Satta Massagana’ and Gildardo Montoya’s ‘Fabiola’ (as featured on Soundway’s ‘The Original Sound of Cumbia’ sit along side original cumbias on this feel good, house party cumbia LP.
Recorded in Will’s home studio in Cali, his approach was to produce an album with the aesthetics of 1960s tropical recordings made in Colombia and the Caribbean. Careful attention made to preserve the analogue quality of the recording at every stage.
‘The idea of the record was to record something that sounded like a lost cumbia classic,’ said Will in a recent interview with Soundway ‘Like something dug out of a Barranquilla basement after decades of humidity and dust. In a modern climate of mashups and sampling, it seemed refreshing to record something with musicians doing covers and approaching new ideas for cumbia, rather than rehashing old tricks.’
The record was recorded entirely on 4 track tape, using a process of overdubs and tape transfers to record multiple sessions at different times with different musicians. As Holland began to play the dub plates of the project in his DJ sets around the world, tracks like ‘Cumbia de Mochilla’ and ‘Another one Bites the Dust’ slowly became sure-fire dancefloor winners.
Los Mitcios Del Ritmo first saw the light of day on Quantic’s vinyl only EP ‘Hip Hop En Cumbia’, released last year through Tru Thoughts. The group includes Ancer Rada (percussion) grandson of the great Colombian accordionist Franscisco Pacho Rada, one of very first Colombian troubadours to tour unaccompanied with just his voice and accordion. The band is also compromised of Combo Barbaro regulars Fernando Silva (bass) and Freddy Colorado (percussion).
Since moving to Colombia in 2007 Will has slowly immersed himself in the musical history of the country. The much acclaimed ‘The Original Sound of Cumbia’, a 55 track compilation of Colombian cumbia and porro released on Soundway in 2011, was the result of five years of field research from Will. Simply finding and compiling old records is not however in Will’s DNA. The research is more an education for Quantic the musician who has been learning accordion for close to five years now, even taking lessons from Colombian and Panamanian accordion masters such as Anibal Velasquez and Papi Brandao.
Los Miticos Del Ritmo sees Will as an accordionist for an entire long player for the first time and must be the first traditional cumbia record recorded on tape in Colombia for many years.
2. Cumbia Comejen
3. Otro Muerde El Polvo (Another One Bites The Dust)
4. La Libanesa
6. Willy’s Merengue
7. Cumbia de Mochilla
8. Satta Massa Cumbia
9. No Pares Hasta Tener Lo Suficiente (Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough)
10. Noche de Tamborito
A match made in heaven, no less. Groovement chums both, let’s cross our fingers that the Adele and Winehouse buying mass public wake up to some Cali-recorded quality soul…
“Look Around The Corner”, out on deluxe full-colour 10” vinyl and digital download on 20th February 2012, is the first single from Quantic and Alice Russell’s hotly anticipated collaborative album of the same name, which follows in April on Tru Thoughts.
Look for dates in the UK around mid-May, with a live band consisting of members of both the Combo Barbaro and Alice’s own band.
Quantic – “Snakes In The Grass” Quantic – “Cumbia Clash” Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – “Dog With A Rope” The Quantic Soul Orchestra – “Hands Of My Love feat. Alice Russell” Quantic y Conjunto – “Cumbia de Dilla” Quantic & His Combo Bárbaro – “The Dreaming Mind (Part 1)” Quantic – “Infinite Regression” Quantic – “Perception” The Quantic Soul Orchestra – “Left & Right” f. Alice Russell Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – “Cuidad Del Swing” Quantic & His Combo Bárbaro – “New Morning (Slow Version)’ Quantic And Nickodemus Feat. Tempo & The Candela All-Stars – “Mi Swing Es Tropical” The Quantic Soul Orchestra – “Tropidelico (Occidental)” Quantic And His Combo Barbaro – “Enyere Kumbara” Quantic And His Combo Barbaro – “Undelivered Letter” Quantic – “Transatlantic” The Quantic Soul Orchestra – “Super 8″ Quantic – “Use What You Got” f. Sonny Akpan Quantic – Sabor” f. Tempo The Quantic Soul Orchestra – “Get A Move On” Quantic – “Not So Blue” Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – “Cumbia Sobre El Mar”
Just a quick preview of the artwork for The Best of Quantic, due out in September on Tru Thoughts. It’s by the consistently amazing LEWIS HERIZ (familiar to fans of Sofritio and Soundway). Check all his work out right here.
It’s been a good five years since Will Holland, aka QUANTIC, made the move to Cali in Colombia to live la vida latina. Enclosed is a celebration of his love for Colombian music, all from the dusty 45s and selected with care and thought.
“Having known the city of Cali intimately for almost 5 years, I decided to devote a little musical selection to her.
The records selected are warm dedications to Cali and its swing, woman, weather and even its bus stops. Nice to hear legend Alfredito Linares, pianist of the Combo Barbaro being shouted out in the opening track.”
Me Gusta Cali // Tracklisting
Ray Perez ‘Fieston en Cali’
Manito Johnson ‘Cali’
Los Supremos ‘Cali Querido’
Alfredito Linares ‘Nostalgia Caleña’
Los Cinco de Oro ‘Cali Boogaloo’
Pipier Pimienta ‘Las Caleñas Son Como Las Flores’
Julian y su Combo ‘Cali me Encanta’
Conjunto Miramar ‘Lava Tu Calle’
Los Alegres del Valle ‘La Feria de Cali’
Rafa y su Combo ‘Me Gusta Cali’
Lisandro Meza ‘Me Quedo en Cali’
Los Juveniles Martelo ‘Cali Bonito’
A lovely little free package here from WAH WAH 45s, in anticiaption of their biggest gig of the year at the Scala in London. The GREYMATTER mix is an exclusive and not available for a few weeks.
LIMITED FREEBIE – Time runs out Saturday 27th November!
WAH WAH LIVE @ THE SCALA, LDN
SAT 27 NOVEMBER, 8PM ONWARDS
QUANTIC (EXCLUSIVE LONDON SHOW)
THE UNABOMBERS (EXCLUSIVE LONDON SHOW)
FLORIAN KELLER (COMPOST RECORDS, GERMANY)
THE HACKNEY COLLIERY BAND (LIVE)
THE SIMONSOUND FT. LAURA J MARTIN & DEBBIE CLARE (LIVE)
THE HIDDEN ORCHESTRA (LIVE)
RESONATORS (ACOUSTIC SET)
DJ ASTROBOY (EDINBURGH)
SCANDINAVIAN JAZZ MAFIA