Will Holland performing with 'Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro' in 2009
|Also known as||Quantic|
|Associated acts||The Quantic Soul Orchestra
The Limp Twins
Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro
He records under various guises, notably, Quantic, The Quantic Soul Orchestra, and The Limp Twins. His music draws upon elements of cumbia, salsa, bossa nova, soul, funk and jazz. Holland plays guitars, bass, double bass, piano, organ, saxophone, accordion and percussion. Much of his sound is original composition with little in the way of sampling of other artists' material.
Holland also has his own label Magnetic Fields on which he releases heavy soul and funk. He has also taken on remix duties for over 30 songs.
His albums The 5th Exotic (2001) and Apricot Morning (2002) featured vocals from British artists including soul singer Alice Russell. In 2003, he assembled The Quantic Soul Orchestra, a new project aimed at producing 60s/70s style raw funk, playing guitar himself, and featuring other musicians including his saxophonist sister, Lucy Holland."
In 2007, Holland moved to Cali, Colombia. He set up an analogue studio “Sonido del Valle” and recorded and released The Quantic Soul Orchestra album Tropidélico (2007) and the self-titled debut from his tropical-dub side project, Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno (2008), which featured a variety of musicians from the area. He subsequently assembled the Combo Bárbaro (Bárbaro is colloquially referred to as very talented in Colombia).
Holland's 2008 collaboration with Nickodemus "Mi swing es tropical" was featured on an Apple iPod television commercial.
- The 5th Exotic (Tru Thoughts, 2001)
- Apricot Morning (Tru Thoughts, 2002)
- Mishaps Happening (Tru Thoughts, 2004)
- One Off's Remixes and B Sides (Tru Thoughts, 2006)
- An Announcement to Answer (Tru Thoughts, 2006)
- Quantic presenta: Flowering Inferno, Dog with a Rope (Tru Thoughts, 2010)
- Quantic & Alice Russell: Look Around The Corner (Tru Thoughts, 2012)
As Quantic, Holland has also collaborated with several artists, including:
- DJ Greyboy, on the track "Got to Be a Love" from the album Soul Mosaic (2004)
- Alice Russell, on the track "Somebody's Gonna Love You" from the album Under the Munka Moon (2004). Russell has also written and performed vocals on several Quantic songs.
- Lanu, on the track "Mother Earth" from the album This Is My Home (2007)
- Mr. Scruff, on the single "Donkey Ride" (2008), and on the b-side of Scruff's single "Sweetsmoke" (2002), entitled "It's Dancing Time".
- Nickodemus, on the single "Mi swing es tropical" (2008)
The Quantic Soul Orchestra
With a live band of musicians, Holland has recorded as The Quantic Soul Orchestra. The band lineup has consisted of numerous members, with only Holland being a constant. Former members include Holland's sister, Lucy, on saxophone, and his Limp Twins collaborator, Russ Porter. They have released three LPs, plus a collaborative album with Spanky Wilson.
- Stampede (Tru Thoughts, 2003)
- Pushin' On (Tru Thoughts, 2005)
- I'm Thankful with Spanky Wilson, (Tru Thoughts, 2006)
- Tropidélico (Tru Thoughts, 2007)