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The link between Jamaican and Afro-Latin styles is well known to musicologists, but rarely has their friendship been made as explicit as by Will "Quantic" Holland's side project, Flowering Inferno. Second album Dog With a Rope is a studiously retro blend including rocksteady and reggae, Colombian cumbia and Cuban rumba, striking a balance vintage revivalists of all stripes can enjoy.
The heartbeat of reggae is the drum, and Quantic has wisely installed the sole reggae artist, UB40 and Steel Pulse sticksman Conrad Kelly, in the driving seat behind the traps. He's joined by Peruvian pianist Afredo Linares, Colombian percussionist Wilson Viveros and an ensemble of horn players from Cuba, Colombia and Panama.
As the disc space-snubbing LP length of this set should indicate, Holland has gone out of his way to make it sound like it was recorded some time before 1974: playing up the warmth, the crisp horns and Fernando Silva and Jorge Herrera's booming upright bass.
Some subtly spiced covers of heavily versioned classics make the most immediate impact. Where debut album Death of the Revolution recut "Niney the Observer" and Soul Syndicate's Al Green-inspired "Westbound Train", here the Soul Vendors' "Swing Easy" is revisited by Cuban Angel Hernandez's soft trumpet and Holland's accordion (taking the role given to the melodica in dub).
A languorous, sultry interpretation of Rafael Mejia's cumbia standard, "Cumbia Sobre El Mar", pairs Jafet Andrade Mosquera's soothing clarinet with haunting vocals from seasoned Quantic collaborator Nidia Gongora. Yet more intriguing are deeply entangled hybrids such as "Portada del Mar", and a dub version to "Echate Pa'lla", where Afro-Latin percussion is drenched in reverb and delay.
On the surface, Dog With a Rope may strike the forward-minded as another pointlessly nostalgic exercise, playing to a retro-soul and world music market where respectability comes only with age. But in fusing together these traditional forms Quantic has created something new. And, with some reggae fans unaware of the Latin influences on the biggest rhythms, this disc has an important story to tell, while being an enjoyably sun-soaked listen to boot.--Angus Taylor
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Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, for those of you who are fans of reggae/dub (King Tubby, Scientist, Lee Perry, Prince Jammy amongst others) and are partial to some nicely recorded, non-cheesy latin then this IS for you! There is a nice blend of original tracks with Buena Vista Social Club-esque vocals combined with that nice deep round bass and reverb/delays that you expect with dub music; not to mention the versions of some of the tracks! I really recommend this album, it is a rarity these days to find someone that knows how to get a good old-skool sound! I hope this was helpful :-)
I expect to hear this album in every backpackers hostel, in every country, much like the Manu Chao album was when that first come about, simply because it reeks of good time vibes!
Get it and enjoy!
Excellent from start to finish ( maybe with exception of Te Pico El Yaibi (Version) whose Dub stylings get a little lost and tedious).
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The tracks were originally composed and produced in Cali, Colombia and once the title track "Dog With A Rope" starts, you feel as if you're peering off into a shimmering Colombian beach with Quantic's sound providing the perfect musical backdrop. You're sure to don the dancing shoes on this one as all tracks are laced with the blaring of trumpets tempered by well-timed percussion, which is evident in tracks like "Dub Y Guaguanco". The following tracks, "Swing Easy" and "Echate Pa'lla (Version)", bring down the tempo to a steady, easing pace until "Portada Del Mar" brings you back to your feet with its infectious melody. More playful horns audibly adorn tracks like "Cumbia Sobra el Mar" and "Te Picó el Yaibí (Version)", bringing this musical fiesta to life. The rest of the album plays out in similar fashion until you arrive to "Echate Pa'lla", which brings an air of Latin jazz to the forefront a la Tito Puente-style.
With so many styles blended into one, Dog With A Rope may be difficult to musically categorize. The safe route would be to label it as Latin dub and reggae album, but it still has all the musical treatments that only Quantic can seamlessly incorporate, giving it a sound that truly stands on its own. In fact, Quantic should be deemed as its own musical genre. All in all, this album will please and good music is good music regardless of where that line of musical demarcation is drawn.