Quantic’s acclaimed Western Transient project, which explores the soulful instrumental jazz of the USA, is given a fresh spin with a new vocal version of “Creation (East LA)” featuring an uplifting performance from rising LA singer Jimetta Rose that turns this tune into an irrepressible soul-pop nugget. Out 5th February, the perfect antidote to deepest darkest winter, the single was launched with an upfront play from Raul Campos (KCRW).
The latest project from Will “Quantic” Holland, The Western Transient brings together some of his favourite musicians from LA, and across America, to realise a set of new compositions paying homage to the rich, lively and intimate quality of the classic soul and jazz recordings. In characteristically mercurial fashion, the ‘A New Constellation’ album saw Holland following up the worldly electronic and vocal direction of his last solo LP, ‘Magnetica’, with a suite of traditionally recorded pieces that capture the spontaneous beauty in the old ways of music making. Surprising and delighting fans on its release in July, the LP gained support from tastemakers including BBC 6Music’s Cerys Matthews, Gilles Peterson and Huey Morgan; KCRW, FIP, Radio Nova, Jamie Cullum (BBC R2); and love from Jazzwise, DJ Mag, Okayplayer, Wax Poetics and beyond. Singles including “Nordeste” and the original instrumental version of “Creation (East LA)” – as well as “Latitude (To The Point Version)” which was licensed as a theme tune by KCRW – have kept this vibrant project bubbling.