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The Quantic Soul Orchestra


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The Quantic Soul Orchestra is a live project initiated by Will Holland, aka Quantic, which eschews the use of samples in favour of a rawer ‘ sound. Considered one of the main acts in the movement.

- Stampede (2003)
- Pushin’ On (2005)
- I’m Thankful (2006)
- Tropidélico (2007)

“Putting something back” is how Will Holland described the reason for starting The Quantic Soul Orchestra. Having released two succesful albums on Tru Thoughts under his Quantic guise - The 5th Exotic and Apricot Morning (which fused jazzy and breakbeat sounds), he felt his next musical adventure would be to focus on the album Stampede. The Quantic Soul Orchestra is a live project, strictly no samples allowed. Influenced by Mr Holland’s love of the dusty funk 45’s, he wanted to record and produce an album with creative and like minded musicians.

With pop acts in the 2000s now using hip-hop beats (beats which are heavily influenced by funk records from the 70s) it was important for the QSO to make their sound rough, raw and real - it’s definitely not Acid Jazz but has a deeper funk sound that shows that this music is well and truly alive in the new millennium. Their album Stampede was influenced by the many flamboyant (but often poor) musicians in the 70s who loved music for music’s sake, who wanted to dance and make people dance.


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