Un Canto A Mi Tierra
Quantic and his Combo Barbaro
Released: 24th Jan, 2010
Label: Tru Thoughts
‘Tradition In Transition’ hit No. 4 in the Official European World Music Album Chart, sitting between Amadou and Mariam and Buena Vista Social Club; it has garnered rapturous reviews across the board, from World music titles such as Songlines (in which it is currently a recommended ‘Top Of The World’ album), glossies including MOJO and Q, to broadsheets including the Independent On Sunday, and hip music and culture mags like Shook and Notion, who also ran cover features on the fascinating story behind Quantic’s relocation to Colombia and the formation of this exciting and impressive band. Exclusive radio features have aired on Gilles Peterson’s BBC Radio 1 Worldwide show, RBMA Radio and the 6 Music Funk & Soul Show, as well as plays on BBC Radio 2 and 3, Ministry Of Sound, BBC 1Xtra, BBC Asian Network and more.
DJs all over the world have been going absolutely off the hook for “Un Canto A Mi Tierra”, treating crowds to its combination of a deep, feel-good tropical vibe and a killer beat; when this track drops, keeping still is not an option. As you’ll know if you saw Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro on their triumphant live tour in September, this song, and its singer (who wowed crowds of thousands on the said tour while heavily pregnant!) sparkles with charisma and an irresistible feel-good charm. Add to that the stellar line-up of international musical pedigree in Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro, and it is quite simply a stunning song that just demanded to be a single.
The “Un Canto A Mi Tierra” video (directed and shot by B+ in Timbiqui) has already notched up nearly 50,000 YouTube hits, months ahead of the single’s release. Capturing the colours and rhythms of the location as only B+ can, the vibrant video brings the subject of the song to the fore…even for those who don’t understand the Spanish lyrics. For more video magic, watch ‘A Postcard From Cali’, the evocative B+ film documenting this project and life in Cali, Colombia.
The 12” single also features the instrumental and a cappella cuts of “Un Canto A Mi Tierra”, as well as the exclusive “New Morning (Slow Version)”, a vibrant instrumental the original version of which also appears on “‘Tradition In Transition’.“http://www.tru-thoughts.co.uk/releases/Quantic-and-his-Combo-Barbaro/tradition-in-transition
“A masterpiece of its kind” – 4 STARS – MOJO
“Sound of the summer” – 4 STARS – Independent On Sunday
“A stellar list of personnel…brilliant…one of Tru Thoughts’ finest releases to date” – 5 STARS – DJ Mag
“Brilliant Motown-goes-Latin soul…sunshine music with an enthused intelligence” – Q
“Damn this is a sexy record” – Clash
“A potent, edgy, textured mix…brimming over with possibility…Don’t miss out on it.” – Notion
“Lush…A Brilliant LP…Quantic’s at the forefront of a new global sound” – Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1)
“Wonderful! Deep, organic and uniquely brilliant. – Craig Charles (BBC 6Music)