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Will Holland performing with 'Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro' in 2009
|Also known as||Quantic|
|Born||1980 (age 39–40)|
|Associated acts||The Quantic Soul Orchestra|
The Limp Twins
Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro
William Holland (born 1980) is an English musician, DJ and record producer. He is based in New York City, after spending seven years in Colombia. Holland records under various pseudonyms, including Quantic, the Quantic Soul Orchestra, The Limp Twins, Flowering Inferno, and Ondatrópica. His music features 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, rather than sampling of other artists' material. In addition to his original compositions, he has also produced remixes of over 30 songs.
Holland's first label was called Magnetic Fields, on which he released heavy soul and funk. Holland retired Magnetic Fields in 2003. Holland recently founded Selva, his new record label, based in Brooklyn NY in 2018, and has been releasing music on Selva since the start of 2020.
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 1960s/1970s style raw funk, playing guitar himself, and featuring musicians including his sister Lucy on saxophone.
In 2007, Holland moved to Cali, Colombia. He set up an analogue studio called 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 a colloquial term in Colombia meaning 'very talented').
|Date||Main recording artist||Album|
|2001||Quantic||The 5th Exotic|
|2003||The Limp Twins||Tales from Beyond the Groove|
|2003||The Quantic Soul Orchestra||Stampede|
|2005||The Quantic Soul Orchestra||Pushin' On|
|2006||Quantic||One Off's Remixes and B Sides|
|2006||Quantic||An Announcement to Answer|
|2006||Spanky Wilson & The Quantic Soul Orchestra||I'm Thankful|
|2007||The Quantic Soul Orchestra||Tropidélico|
|2008||Flowering Inferno||Death of the Revolution|
|2009||Flowering Inferno||Dog with a Rope|
|2009||The Combo Bárbaro||Tradition in Transition|
|2010||Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro||Look Around the Corner|
|2011||Quantic||The Best of Quantic|
|2012||Los Miticos del Ritmo||Los Miticos del Ritmo|
|2015||Quantic Presents The Western Transient||A New Constellation|
|2016||Flowering Inferno||1000 Watts|
|2017||Quantic & Nidia Góngora||Curao|
- 2001: Quantic - "We Got Soul"
- 2001: The Quantic Soul Orchestra - "Super 8"
- 2001: The Limp Twins - "Living Well"
- 2001: Quantic - "Life in the Rain"
- 2002: Quantic feat. Aspects - "Primate Boogaloo"
- 2002: Quantic feat. Alice Russell - "Sweet Calling"
- 2002: Quantic - "Apricot Morning"
- 2002: Quantic - "Through These Eyes"
- 2003: Quantic - "Search the Heavens"
- 2004: Quantic - "Mishaps Happening"
- 2005: Quantic feat. Spanky Wilson - "Don't Joke with a Hungry Man"
- 2005: Quantic - "Perception"
- 2005: Quantic - "One Off's Remixes and B Sides"
- 2006: Quantic - "The Sound of Everything"
- 2006: Quantic feat. Alice Russell - "Somebody's Gonna Love You"
- 2006: Quantic - "Tell It Like You Mean It"
- 2007: Quantic - "Sabor"
- 2008: Quantic & Nickodemus - "Mi swing es tropical"
- 2008: Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno - "Juanita Bonita"
- 2008: Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno - "Death of the Revolution"
- 2008: Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno - "Ciudad del Swing"
- 2008: Quantic - "When You're Through"
- 2009: Quantic & Nickodemus - "Sun People"
- 2011: Quantic - "Sol Clap"
- 2011: Quantic & Los Miticos del Ritmo - "Hiphop en Cumbia"
- 2012: Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro - "Look Around the Corner"
- 2012: Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro - "Magdalena"
- 2013: Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro - "I'd Cry"
- 2013: Quantic & Ana Tijoux - "Doo Wop (That Thing)"
- 2013: Quantic & Nidia Góngora - "Muévelo negro"
- 2014: Quantic - "Duvidó"
- 2014: Quantic & Alice Russell - "You Will Return"
- 2014: Quantic - "Spark It"
- 2014: Quantic - "El Yagé" (self-released)
Collaborations on individual songs by other artists
Holland has collaborated and was featured on many recordings by other musicians, including (listed alphabetically):
- DJ Greyboy, on the track "Got to Be a Love" from the album Soul Mosaic (2004).
- Kinny, on the track "Enough Said" (2008).
- Lanu, on the track "Mother Earth" from the album This Is My Home (2007).
- Mr. Scruff, on the tracks "It's Dancing Time" (2002), "Giraffe Walk" (2006) and "Donkey Ride" (2008).
- Nickodemus, as co-producer for "La lluvia", "Didibina" on the album Sun People (2009), and on "Conmigo" (2012) as Guitarist.
- Nostalgia 77, on the track "Thing" (2004); as Saxophonist.
- Alice Russell, on the track "Somebody's Gonna Love You" from the album Under the Munka Moon (2004).
- Transgressors, on the tracks "Will Power" and "Money for Born, Money for Die" from the single Will Power (2012); as Guitarist.
- The Whitefield Brothers on the track "Lullaby for Lagos" from the album Earthology (2009); as Guitarist.
- Tom Horan (2014) "Quantic: 'All music is authentic'", The Guardian. April 25, 2014. Accessed June 14, 2019.
- "Quantic". NME. Retrieved 22 April 2009.
- "Quantic & B+ (Album, Film, Photo, Q&A)". Choice Cuts. Retrieved 22 April 2009.
- "YouTube". Apple. Retrieved 1 July 2008.
- "Atlantic Oscillations | Quantic". Quanticmusic.bandcamp.com. Retrieved 20 May 2020.