Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno ‘1000 Watts’ 2LP/CD/DIG (Tru Thoughts) 4/5

quantic-presenta-flowering-infernoDJ and multi-instrumentalist Quantic aka Will Holland returns with another trip to the tropics, but on this occasion the journey soaks up Jamaican as well as his perennial favourite Colombian grooves. Various vocal guests spice up the largely instrumental numbers, with the son of Jamaican vocal legend Alton Ellis, Christopher Ellis, on hand alongside roots veteran drummer Santa Davis, to provide some authentic reggae riddims. In fact it is another roots reggae legend, DJ U-Roy who comes up with a winner of a tune in collaboration with in-house singer Alice Russell on ‘A life worth living’, complete with stabbing horns and 1980s Pac-Man sound effects. Ellis Jr. impresses on the compelling groove of the title track, while there is something of a ‘Ghost Town’ by the Specials feel, albeit at a quicker tempo to the original, while another song, ‘Shuffle them shoes’ has Hollie Cook taking over lead vocal duties and this has a definite old-school 1970s feel to it. Of the instrumental pieces, the laid back groove of ‘Ikey’s vibe’ showcasing the keyboard talents of one Ikey Owens, is a highlight as is the dub-soaked ‘Dusk’ with lovely keyboards and subtle use of percussion. Throughout trademark Quantic quirks appear such as the deploying of syndrums on ‘El disorden’. Now resident in New York, and more recently checking out the jazzy West coast vibes on his previous Tru-Thoughts recording, Will Holland comes up with an album that harks back to the golden era of reggae, while at the same time adding his own imprint. Required listening for the summer months and beyond.

Tim Stenhouse