Quantic And His Combo Bárbaro Create Tradition In Transition

tru190_packshotRecorded in Cali, Colombia, Tradition In Transition is the brand new album from Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro, the fantastic music ensemble created and directed by UK born producer, Quantic. Will ‘Quantic’ Holland mines the lesser-tapped musical sources from the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa, fusing those rediscovered psychedelic, experimental and rhythmically rich sounds of the past with deep funk, soul elements and folkloric vocal styles.

The stellar array of musicians at the core of the Combo Bárbaro are: pianist Alfredo Linares, who wowed the sell-out crowds with his virtuoso performances on The Quantic Soul Orchestra’s 2008 tour; Freddy Colorado, the energetic, charismatic cornerstone of the Cali music circuit, on congas; Fernando Silva on baby bass; William Holland himself on electric guitar; and London-based drummer and long time Quantic collaborator Malcolm Catto, also well known for his own band The Heliocentrics, in fine form. Tradition In Transition also benefits incalculably from the talents of veteran Brazilian writer, arranger and musical innovator Arthur Verocai, Legendary Panamanian soul singer Kabir, Indian-born singer Falu and Pacific folklore singer and award-winning songwriter Nidia Góngora, who contributes on the beautiful “Un Canto A Mi Tierra.” The result is a multi-cultural patchwork – a record bathed but not exclusively rooted in Colombian musical culture, embracing the musical range of all the American continent – honoring and using its contributors’ individual backgrounds, while conjuring up a unique brand of contemporary music that is a joy to celebrate, and a live experience that defies comparison.

Free download: “Arianita”



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Unlimited by Miz Metro Release Party Tonight

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Today Miz Metro releases her debut album, Unlimited, and the party starts tonight at S.O.B.’s. Produced by The Bloom Effect & SESAC and hosted by Crosby, with music from DJ Vinyl Richie, special guests and more, it will no doubt be a night of fabulousness.

Make sure to grab an advance copy of the album while you’re there!

Until then, we have a free download of Miz Metro’s single for you:

Download “Ask Why” (Right-click, save-as)

S.O.B.’s – July 8th Wednesday.  7:30PM
All Ages.
Special guests.

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Joy Jones Covers Nina Simone’s “Be My Husband”

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Honorary ladybug of the Bugz In The Attic crew, Joy Jones recently recorded an impressive take of Nina Simone’s “Be My Husband,” expanding on Simone’s sparse original. Though the track will not appear on Jones’ forthcoming Godchild album (out July 7 on Future Soul Records), it is true to her future jazz stylings and available for free.

Download “Be My Husband”

Stream “Supernova” and more from Godchild

Scott Hardkiss Drops You’re The Star EP In Preparation For Album

scott_hardkiss_a2_b1_layers_highresSF/NYC electronica pioneer Scott Hardkiss has a new album, Technicolor Dreamer, in the pipeline for August 4th on his own God Within Recordings.

While the majority of the record features a 21st century P-Funk or Prince’s Revolution-style band (a sexy, diverse group of vocalists and musicians: eclectic, multi-cultural, and poly-sexual), the first single and EP for “You’re the Star” (released July 7) finds Scott playing every instrument himself (including drums, bass, keys, guitar & vocals), save one blazing guitar solo rocked by one Jose Luis Pardo (a.k.a. DJ Afro of Los Amigos Invisibles). It comes with remixes by Kris Menace and Robbie Rivera.

Hey Deejay! (Jimmy Edgar Remix) via RCRDLBL

Stream the You’re The Star EP

Nickodemus Celebrates Sun People With Release Parties

2346Nickodemus of NYC’s Turntables On The Hudson is throwing a couple shindigs for his new album, Sun People, out today on D.C.’s ESL Music.

The first show is tonight at an undisclosed outdoor location with DJ Nickodemus + special live guests from the album. The party is free with RSVP to sunpeople@nickodemus.com, and you will receive full details by email. 8PM to 12:30AM.

This Friday, ZEB & Mamma Digdown Brassband join in the fun at Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City.  It’s ZEB’s birthday and the rest of the Turntables crew Mariano + Nappy G & Christian Rogers accompany in this double celebration that’s sure to be a night of super heavy Brassband funk.

Stream and download “2 Sips & Magic” from Sun People