A Talk With Quantic Ahead Of His 45 RPM D.C. Show w/ Sinkane

Quantic will be playing an all 45 RPM DJ Set alongside Sinkane on March 13 at Washington, DC's Tropicalia venue.

Producer and selector Will Holland aka Quantic is embarking on a month-long North American tour dedicated to the 45 RPM record. The 18-city tour will see Quantic DJing his transatlantic blend of tropical-soul sounds from Africa, Latin American and the Caribbean, as showcased in last year's Magnetica LP. For his Washington, DC stop at Tropicalia, the producer will be joined by Sudanese/BK songwriter Sinkane and DC Analog Soul Club selectors.  See all the info on the March 13 show in the flyer above. We chat with Quantic about his love of the record single and his favorite African 45s below, as well as revisit this Okayplayer TV apartment visit.

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OKA: Why do you feel the 45 is "the music lover's choice"?

Quantic: By its design the 45 is a very compact, portable format but you can squeeze a lot into it. As most 45s don't have covers it's down to the music to do the talking, a no frills approach to music marketing. From a product life standpoint, for many of the used 45s I own, I'm the third, fourth, maybe fifth owner so they last a long time too. In short, the 45 is a quicker hit, a cut to the chase, a refinement, you pick your best songs and run with it.

OKA: What makes it so suited for the dance floor?

Q: In theory, the faster the record spins, the higher the audio quality produced. The humble 78rpm disc, though now extinct from clubland, would arguably make a better club format, but since most club record players only play 33 and 45 that's not possible. This makes 45s the next best thing, easier to carry too! On a sidenote, I think it's increasingly important in shows to visually show people that you are presenting music to them in a live way. I often see sets where I really have no idea what is going on behind the illuminated Apple display. That doesn't mean that I'm against the use of a laptop, most of the music I play was made with one, but I guess it's about being more connected to the audience.

OKA: Tell us more about this limited edition 45 you've put together for the tour. What's the recording on it?

Q: On my last Magnetica tour we sold a 5" sized clear vinyl of a song called "El Yage," it was only available at our shows and it sold quick! This time around we are doing a special run of clear vinyl 45 hand cut by The Carvery in London. The song itself is a dancefloor cut I made especially for the tour and it won't be available elsewhere for now.

OKA: Lastly, what are some of your favorite African 45s in your collection?

Q: Kings 'Minino Na Tchora' (I.C.S.)

Trio Bantou 'Safari' (Sonafric)

The Lulas Band 'Nguinio Nuu' (D.K. Undugu Sound)

Victor Uwaifo 'The Mother Witch' (Philips)

Fela Kuti 'Shenshema' (HMV) (an earlier recording different from the album recording)


Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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