"They have combined to produce somethingmagical" The Guardian
"Inspirational" Giles Peterson BBC 6Music
"Absolutely wonderful" Lauren Laverne BBC 6Music
'Curao' is the first full collaborative album from world-renowned British producer Quantic and Colombian folklore singer Nidia Góngora – who has regularly fronted Quantic's high profile live ensembles in recent years as well as contributing to some of his most popular tracks.
With infectiously danceable rhythms, captivating songwriting and up-to-the minute production, 'Curao' brings a new and highly original interpretation of the unique, rich and mystical musical traditions of the Colombian Pacific Coast.
Combining Quantic's trademark electronic production with the distinctive traditional rhythms of Pacific music, the album presents itself as a captivating body of work. Treating the stories and rhythms of Pacific music with utmost reverence, while forging a new and vital sound for today's dancefloors, it reflects the distinctive yet diverse nature of the Pacific Coast itself – an area brimming with beauty and creativity but also shaded by conflict, affected by the work of mining companies, private militias and the drugs trade.
Holland's work with Nidia Góngora has grown into of the most influential partnerships of his career; for Góngora's part, this work is the only time she has mixed outside influences into her beloved traditional style, and she is conscious of protecting its essence. "You have to be very careful to keep a balance, so that this music will not lose its feeling and significance", she says, "but by performing songs from the indigenous and ancestral style, and recreating them through modern and dynamic sounds, I feel I can expose this musical proposition to a global space."
With more than 15 albums on Tru Thoughts, Holland's work as a band leader, producer, DJ and more has led The Guard....... więcej