Quantic @ The Manor, Perth (08/01/10)

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For Perth music lovers who did not embark on a trip to the Southbound Festival in Busselton, musical chameleon Quantic (aka Will Holland) provided an insight into the inner workings of one of the world’s most eclectic musical minds at The Manor last Friday night.

Early on, it was a small crowd which gathered at The Manor, the size perhaps a consequence of the Southbound pilgrimage, but as the clock ticked towards midnight, the crowd numbers steadily increased, with many punters leaving the Funk Club warm-up show upstairs at The Leederville Hotel to see Holland, in his Quantic guise (one of the man’s many monikers), work his way through an astonishing variety of sounds and styles.

Taking to the decks shortly after midnight, Holland immediately established a strong Latin vibe. A Brit who now resides in Santiago de Cali in Colombia, Holland has clearly used the change of scenery to invest in a multitude of obscure South American records. Holland also seems to relish opportunities to showcase some of the impressive emerging talent emanating from Colombia and other South American countries.

While several of the songs early in the set referenced the classic Colombia cumbia and vallenato folk styles, it wasn’t long before Holland slipped in Mi Swing Es Tropical, a collaboration with Nickodemus that, for better or worse, has become recognisable worldwide thanks to its use in an Apple iTunes advertisement. That tune, well-received by the ever-growing crowd, was quickly followed by a funky Latin rendition of Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, another track that proved to be a major crowd-pleaser.

Armed with a laptop, CDJs and a small collection of exotic 45s, Holland continued to tread the line between esoteric Latin vibes and songs which were more recognisable to the majority of the crowd. With relatively seamless mixing, especially considering that he eschewed headphones for the vast majority of the set, the crowd followed Holland on a frenetic musical journey as he truly began to hit his stride 30 minutes in. Flavours of Brazil collided with a spectacularly brass-heavy Lily Allen instrumental before Holland spun the delightful Un Canto A Mi Tierra, from the 2009 Quantic album Tradition In Transition. Featuring the unique Colombian folk singer Nidia Gongora on vocals, it resulted in a rapturous crowd response.

And so it went. Deep in concentration for the majority of the set, Holland would every so often look up from his musical work bench and gauge the crowd’s enthusiasm for the record then playing. Seemingly sensing a collective open-mindedness among the Perth crowd, Holland continued to push the boundaries, working in some broken beat before interspersing moments of high intensity, Latin-tinged drum ‘n’ bass with some supremely mellow dub. Ever the tease, Holland toyed around with the strings of Tere Mere Beech Mein, from which the sample for Britney Spears Toxic was created, before completely changing course and dropping Mo’ Horizons’ dynamic cover of the Ray Charles classic, Hit The Road Jack.

Appearing indefatigable, Holland keep the tunes spinning well past 2:00am, by which point your dear reviewer unfortunately had to call it a night. Leaving behind the vast majority of the crowd, bopping and swaying to an ever-changing array of sounds, one thing was clear. Southbound may have been a great success, but no one at The Manor on Friday night seemed the slightest bit disappointed at having missed out.

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elektrobotic

elektrobotic said on the 12th Jan, 2010

sounds awesome, great article wish I went!

benjiswan

benjiswan said on the 13th Jan, 2010

me too, sounded like an amazing night