Muévelo Negro / Ñanguita
Released: 4th Nov, 2013
Label: Tru Thoughts
“Muévelo Negro” / “Ñanguita” is out on 4th November on Tru Thoughts, in a choice of two different pressings - super limited (300) Striped 12” vinyl, and limited red transparent 12” vinyl – both in a full colour sleeve.
A new Quantic record is always a cause for excitement among the followers of dance music’s worldly evolution. On this new material, the prolific and influential producer/musician collaborates with Colombian singer Nidia Góngora (who also features in his Combo Bárbaro and Ondatrópica groups) for a progressive and experimental take on the Pacific music of Colombia. Dance led and rhythmically complex, this modern slant on a folkloric tradition brings a deep and cutting edge club sound.
Both songs here are original compositions, written BY Quantic and Nidia Góngora with the express intention of being more tech-led and computer produced than the organic, live band-oriented material they have previously made together. This is a record based on the nuances and traditions of the music from the lower Pacific side of Colombia – a music normally referred to as Curulao - and more specifically Góngora’s home village of Timbiquí (the unique location featured in the video for a previous collaborative track, Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro’s “Un Canto A Mi Tierra”). The use of a female vocal chorus, percussion from the region and Marimba accompaniment further colours the songs with this Pacific palette.
Initially conceived and written across a number of live soundsystem-style sets, with typical Quantic perfectionism these tracks have been honed over a period of months; played out in numerous DJ sets, and tweaked further to ensure the 6/8 rhythms and electronic treatment of the original folkoric styles came together just so.
“The idea through these songs is to transmit the way we perceive music in Timbiquí, a place where we sing to everything and everyone”, says Góngora; “this is an extremely important action for us: to sing. For me it's more than the pleasure of it, but rather a need.”
She elaborates on these two very lyrically driven songs: “"Ñanguita" is an expression in my hometown to tell someone that you don't believe in their attitude or what they're saying… so I wrote it as sweet way of making of fun of someone, through all the experiences and anecdotes of my town… "Muévelo Negro" is a song that describes sensuality and how a couple falls in love. Also, how they connect their souls and bodies through the movements generated by music. It shows how powerful music is, being capable of linking people on a physical and spiritual level.”
These two trackss are a taste of the sound that Quantic and Nidia Góngora are currently exploring in the development of her debut solo album. Góngora’s songwriting talent, live presence and distinctive voice have made her a rising star. As well as being busy with her own folkloric group, Grupo Canalon, with whom she performed at Womex in Greece this year and at SXSW last year; she has also been the Ondatrópica front-woman all through the summer. In addition, her well-known version of the song “Memoria de Justino” with the band Grupo Socavon, has been remixed by many a big name and cutting edge DJ, resulting in major airplay and coverage in the dance press.
The music of Will “Quantic” Holland has been key in the surge of interest in the UK in Cumbia and other Afro-Caribbean and Latin American styles. Having recently moved to Bogotá (from Cali, where he relocated from England in 2007), Quantic is also currently putting the finishing touches to a new solo album for Tru Thoughts. This will be the first studio album under the ‘Quantic’ name in over six years, following an experimental period which has borne various commercially and critically successful projects including Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro, Ondatrópica and of course the 2012 Quantic and Alice Russell collaborative opus ‘Look Around The Corner’.