La Plata feat. Nidia Góngora
Released: 8th Sep, 2014
Label: Tru Thoughts
Out 8th September, the third official single from Quantic’s immensely acclaimed ‘Magnetica’ album is “La Plata”, featuring the Colombian singer Nidia Góngora, an increasingly regular collaborator on record and in the live arena. Expanding on the appeal of the LP, this single also brings new remixes from Ahmed Sirour, Titeknots and Werkha.
With lyrics written by Góngora and Will “Quantic” Holland’s buoyant musical backdrop, “La Plata” is a beautifully put-together song that speaks in Spanish on the universal subject of money and the positives and negatives it brings. “There have been many songs about money,” acknowledges Holland; “but I feel the way that Nidia communicates the theme is very unique, and very applicable to Latin America and its increasing class and wealth divide.”
On the hugely successful ‘Magnetica’ live tours of the UK, Europe and North America, the insistent rhythm section and immediately lovable vocal melody – delivered in Góngora’s luminescent folkloric style – saw “La Plata” sending the crowds as wild as any classic Quantic cut, despite the fact it was the first time many had heard it.
Each single release from ‘Magnetica’ isolates and illuminates another of the many adventures behind the incredibly diverse LP – an opus that has seen Quantic lauded more loudly than ever for his trailblazing work, from major features in The Guardian and elsewhere to heavy radio presence, including his own 6Mix show in the BBC 6Music Celebrates Latin America series and a live NPR session which the station has just named in its ‘favourite sessions’ list.
The rhythm explored in “La Plata” is loosely based on Chirimía, one of the musical genres of the North West Colombian state of Choco; on a visit to the Choco town of Nuqui, Holland and Góngora found themselves captivated and inspired by the marching band-style snare and cymbal and duelling clarinets that make up the foundation elements of Chirimía. “We heard the local youth brass band play until the early morning, and got really into the music”, Holland elaborates. “The following year, we returned to Nuqui with film-maker B+, having written the song, to shoot the video to “La Plata”.” That beautiful video, which will be premiered soon, features scenes from the nearby coastal region of Guachalito as well as footage from Quantic and Nidia Góngora's performance on Nuqui's sports field during the Nuqui Festival.
Alongside the “La Plata” Radio Edit and Album Version, the single unveils some killer new remixes of album tracks. Two contrasting reworks of “You Will Return” feat. Alice Russell come from Brooklyn based Ahmed Sirour and Tru Thoughts label mate Titeknots. The former’s subtly inventive slant strips back this worldly folk tale before spinning it out into an extended deep house cut abounding with atmospheric echoes and percussion; Titeknots turns out a playful club weapon for serious floors, demonstrating the crisp, melodic and unpredictable sensibility that have placed his own genre-defying house tunes in the sets and playlists of everyone from Tensnake and DJ Zinc to Lauren Laverne and Monki. Another fast rising star of the Tru Thoughts stable, Werkha – who has been heavily championed by Gilles Peterson and in-demand for tour support including Bonobo and Chet Faker – brings a feast of bass and eccentric bleeps to the tropical rhythmic heat of the Nidia Góngora-voiced “Muevelo Negro”, for a sweltering UK summertime take on this club anthem.