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Ondatropica [VINYL] [Box set]

Quantic Vinyl
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Will Holland is one of the most talented and prolific artists in the world of alternative dance music today. Recording under various guises, Will first found acclaim as Quantic. As well as Quantic and the Q.S.O, Will is one half of The Limp Twins, a duo he formed with Russ Porter. Initially a deejay partnership, it wasn’t long before they started recording, with Russ taking on the vocal ... Read more in Amazon's Quantic Store

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  • Vinyl (16 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Soundway
  • ASIN: B0080PVLLY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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180GLP, BONUS 7", 8 PAGE BOOKLET & FREE DOWNLOAD Colombian musician, Mario Galeano, the force behind the band Frente Cumbiero, and English producer Will Holland AKA Quantic, have joined forces to create the Ondatropica project. Ondatropica, supported by the British Council, exists to explore and expand the tropical sound of Colombia in its rawest form and to marry it with contemporary influences from around the world. Ondatropica brings together an iconic group of top Colombian musicians representing both the classic and more modern styles of la musica Colombiana. Artists such as Fruko, Anibal Velasquez, Michi Sarmiento, Alfredito Linares, Pedro Ramaya Beltran, Markitos Mikolta and Wilson Viveros joined a group of younger Colombian musicians, members of both Mario's band Frente Cumbeiro and Quantic's Combo Barbaro, to (re)generate the excitement that positioned Colombian music as one of the most influential in South America. Soundway's exploration into Colombia music began in 2007 with it's much acclaimed compilation 'Colombia! The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes The Powerhouse of Colombian Music 1960-76' which features many original works from the above-mentioned artists. Fitting then that Ondatropica came together over 3 weeks in January 2012 in the legendary Discos Fuentes studios in Medelin with one of Colombia's most celebrated engineers and producers Mario Rincon. Ondatropica's eponymously titled double album from Ondatropica fuses traditional Colombian styles such as cumbia, gaita, champeta with boogaloo, ska, beat-box, MCs, ska, dub, funk and creates a progressive collection of 26 tracks that re-interpret the tropical musical heritage of Colombia with new approaches in composition, arrangement and production.

BBC Review

You’ve got to admire the tenacity of Will ‘Quantic’ Holland. Simply referencing the greats of Latin music in his inventive productions was never going to be enough.

In 2007, Holland exited Britain and relocated to Cali, Colombia, where he opened an old-school analogue studio. He has travelled the length of the country in search of musical treasures, compiling excellent retrospectives that should be in every collection.

Now, Holland has joined forces with co-conspirator Mario Galeano (a Colombian musician and academic who collaborated with Mad Professor via his Frente Cumbiero project), to preside over Ondatrópica, an orchestra made up of seasoned veterans and rising talent.

Cumbia fanatics will be delighted by the presence of legendary figures such as top 1970s bandleader Fruko, sax wizard Michi Sarmiento, and pianist Juancho Vargas, who apparently left his hospital bed to record his contribution. Add a younger crew of beat-boxers, rappers, percussionists and so on, and you get a fantastic sound that mixes cumbia and champeta with hip hop and funk, tinged with occasional reggae leanings.

In addition to its tasteful reinterpretations of classic Colombian styles, one of the best things about this debut is that the sound is so unpolished. Rather than aiming for overblown perfectionism, this pleasingly anarchic project that draws together 42 musicians has kept its grooves loose, the permitted spontaneity keeping the vibe feeling that much more real.

I Ron Man playfully re-casts Black Sabbath as a drunken Cumbia dance bash; Gaita Trópica updates the gaita style; while Libya simply holds chilling instrumental tension. Elsewhere, Ska Fuentes is a horns-driven track that references Jamaica’s Skatalites, and Punkero Sonidero is a dubwise psychedelic romp

Suena has a pleasingly gritty rap from Chilean MC Ana Tijoux, and Rap-Maya has amusing beat-box work from Cartagena’s El Chongo. There’s a smattering of salsa, boogaloo, bomba, charanga and mambo as well, all of which means you can slap this one on at a party and know that your guests will keep boogying down.

This is an adventurous project that has been executed with tasteful verve. Hats off to Galeano, Quantic and Soundway for making it happen.

--Daniel Spicer

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 14 July 2014
By Frank M
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Fantastic album from this South American band. A must if you're into modern latin music. A firm favorite
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb record - but by the deluxe 2CD version 21 May 2014
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This is a terrific album. It is the first time I have bought a Quantic album - I will certainly listen to more. But a word of warning. I purchased the 2CD version for not much more than the single CD. The second CD is even better than the first. Don't buy the single version
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quantic at his best 1 Feb 2014
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This I understand, is the latest outing of Will Holland aka Quantic since his move to Colombia. The album is entirely recorded using analogue techniques and this shows in the sound quality. The music is a fabulous blend of latin and funk and really should grace your collection if you are remotely interested in this man and his music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good grooves 3 Dec 2013
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No disappointment here. Lots of variety and not just your standard salsa mix; at one point it even goes slightly klezmer. Enjoy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Colombian music captured 16 July 2013
By SS
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Not quite Buena Vista Social Club, but an excellent dip into Colombia's percussion-driven music with some skilful and fun musicians. I bought this after seeing Ondatropica live with Quantic at Hay Festival and although it doesn't capture the great atmosphere the band generates live, it's an excellent, lively studio recording that makes great stereo listening. Play it loud!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reviews were good so I took a chance 27 May 2013
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On first listening this was an OK buy, but the more you listen the more intriguing it becomes. Things are not straightforward, there's a superb re-working of Black Sabbath's Iron Man and I'm sure Willy the Pimp makes an appearance later on. All in all it's a fantastic album and well worth it
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5.0 out of 5 stars great album 16 Jan 2013
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This is a really awesome cd, gave it as a gift to a buena vista social club fan hoping they will enjoy it also and it was really a big hit. Very summery vibe, really mellow and easy to listen and enjoy this music..hear it just once and you will be hooked on the first track!
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