Quantic Marries Colombian Rhythms With Electronic Textures, Performs Tonight

The English producer, DJ, composer, and musician Will Holland spent the past seven years writing, performing, and recording music largely in Cali, Colombia, surrounded by local and regional artists, designed mostly for home listening. But Holland, better known as Quantic, was itching to combine all of the rich Caribbean, South American, and African ideas he'd absorbed with the music that originally launched his career: electronic dance music. His latest album, Magnetica, is like a tour diary of Holland's travels and collaborations: the accordions and trumpets of cumbia mesh with heavy, reverberating dub bass lines, vocals from British soul singer Alice Russell and Colombian singer Nidia Gongora, and electronic club beats, to create a sound that is worlds away from EDM powerhouses like Skrillex.

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