Quantic Soul Orchestra – Stampede (Epic 2017 #238)

The Epic 2017 Project #238: 170826

Quantic Soul Orchestra – Stampede (2003)

Always nice to feature some local flavour on JemTunes. So here’s a bit of Quantic from Brighton.

The Quantic Soul Orchestra is a live band project of musician and DJ, Will Holland. Holland has recorded under several names, but the most notable is Quantic. The Should Orchestra was his first collaborative project, and ‘Stampede, the first studio album, released on Tru Thoughts in 2003.

The band’s line-up changes from album to album, with sometime members including Holland’s sister, saxophonist Lucy Holland, his Limp Twins collaborator Russ Porter and former Hardkandy member Simon Little. Will Holland plays guitar and bass, and performs some of the percussion.

Their music focuses on reviving a dusty funk and jazz sound. They are signed to the Tru Thoughts label and have released four albums to date as well as a collaborative album with renowned funk and soul artist Spanky Wilson.

Holland is now based in Columbia.

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Afrikan Boy – Border Business (Leaping Ahead #129)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #129: 160508

[Song from the last album purchased]

We caught Afrikan Boy at Brighton’s Green Door Store a couple of weekend’s back, admirably supported by our very own Mok (the band my daughter’s the lead singer with). This is from his 2014 album ‘ABCD’ which I purchased from the Merchman on the night.

Gnarls Barkley – Crazy (Leaping Ahead #53)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #53: 160222

[A noughties song (2)]

A collaboration between Danger Mouse and CeeLo Green and taken from their 2006 debut album ‘St. Elsewhere’, “Crazy” was Gnarls Barkley’s debut single. The song was leaked in late 2005, months before its regular release, and consequently received massive airplay on BBC Radio 1 in the United Kingdom, most notably by radio DJ Zane Lowe, who also used the song in television commercials for his radio show. When it was finally released in March 2006, it became the first single to top the UK Singles Chart on download sales alone.

Classic albums A-Z: Quantic Soul Orchestra – Stampede (2003)

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As soon as it hit the shelves back in April 2003, the album was greeted by a wealth of fervent accolades from the music press, club and radio DJs alike. Joined by an 11-strong band of supremely talented musicians, Will & Co belt out their very own electrifying brand of funk, soul, jazz and afro-beat. Three of the album’s ten tracks are voiced by Alice Russell, who first appeared alongside Will on his second Quantic LP. Of these, a breathtaking cover of 4Hero’s ‘Hold It Down’ remains a highlight in the QSO’s repertoire to this day. ‘Stampede’ also includes a new vocal version of crowd pleaser ‘Super 8’ featuring Jon Hughes. (http://www.tru-thoughts.co.uk)

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‘Putting something back’ is how Will Holland described the reason for starting the Quantic Soul Orchestra, a live project – strictly no samples allowed.  (From album sleeve notes)

It’s one of my faves – but you should make up your own minds. Here’s a starter for ten…

Full track listing
  1. Stampede
  2. Raw ingredients
  3. Walking through tomorrow (super 8 part 3)
  4. South Coastin
  5. Something that’s real
  6. Hold it down
  7. Assassin
  8. Terrapin
  9. Babaraatiri
  10. Take your time, change your mind