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Audio: New Quantic Album Dropping Soon (Free Bonus Track Included)


Multi-talented producer/DJ/musician Quantic aka The Quantic Soul Orchestra aka The Limp Twins aka Will Holland is a world-trotter who collects sound bites from the countries he visits and brings them together in ground-breaking, genre-defying, boundary-shattering, dance floor worthy tracks we can’t stop listening to. Born the UK but based out of Colombia, his music – a conglomeration of reggae, latin, salsa, cumbia, soul, jazz, funk and electro – reflects the breadth of his travels. For ten years, Quantic has brought Latin and African root music to a broader audience, transmitting with it a grassroots message you can’t help but jive to. To celebrate his innovation and success, Tru Thoughts Records is dropping The Best of Quantic on September 5th in the UK and 13th in the U.S.

Want a free Quantic sample? Do we even have to ask? Are both of those questions rhetorical? Download “Transatlantic,” from his album Apricot Morning for Free (!!) after you take a listen, below.

Listen to "Transatlantic" by Quantic (then download below):

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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