Dog With A Rope
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno
Released: 18th Jul, 2010
Label: Tru Thoughts
An album inspired by soundsystem culture but widened out far beyond just reggae and dancehall styles ‘Dog With A Rope’ is a Tropical soundclash – encompassing a heavy bass and reggae aesthetic alongside the Tropical dance-orientated music from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Colombia. While lots of DJs are currently playing both classic and obscure old reggae, funk and Cumbia, Holland noted that not many people are currently making new music of this type and building on these styles in a modern way, so with his signature combination of faith in the past and hunger to push forward, with this album he strove to make the connection. He recorded the album in his Sonido Del Valle studio in Cali, Colombia, the city he has called home since his relocation in 2007.
A true musical obsessive, Holland’s insatiable drive to create new sounds has seen him record and release fourteen full albums under various guises in less than ten years, selling well over 100,000 records in the process and gaining worldwide acclaim as one of the leading lights of the leftfield dance music world. His last album, 2009’s ‘Tradition In Transition’ by Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro, scaled the official European World Music Charts, gaining heavy radio and tastemaker support and rave reviews in the likes of Q, MOJO, The Guardian, The Independent On Sunday and many more publications worldwide. High profile tours of the UK, Europe and America followed, including festival headline sets; and this March saw Quantic DJing for the hordes at SXSW.
While it is essentially a solo project, Quantic has called on the finest musicians in their fields to create the rich tapestry of sound on ‘Dog With A Rope’. These include the pianist Alfredito Linares, a Peruvian legend who appeared on Quantic’s last three albums; and Nídia Góngora, who you may also remember from ‘Tradition In Transition’, not least as the writer and singer of the beautiful single “Un Canto A Mi Tierra”. Jamaican born, UK based drummer Conrad Kelly was a key part of the British West Midland reggae scene, playing with the likes of UB40 and Steel Pulse and to this album he brings, in Holland’s words, “that heavy Jamaican sound we all know and love”. Markittos Micolta, who sings on a number of tracks, was the frontman for the Colombian band Peregoyo y su Combo Vacana, one of the first groups to combine Descarga and Cuban sounds with Colombian folklore, having many hits on Fuentes records in the 60s and 70s. Also beginning his career in the Peregoyo ranks, Buenaventura born percussionist Wilson Viveros went on to become a highly sought after session percussionist in Bogota, recording on countless legendary Colombian releases, and now brings his unique skills to Quantic’s latest venture.