Quantic Soul Orchestra Stampede - XLR8R

Quantic Soul Orchestra Stampede

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Downtempo prodigy Will Holland (a.k.a. Quantic) broadens his previous output's scope with this vibrant album of raw, blistering funk, jazz and soul featuring Holland and friends as an all-live groove machine. Bad-ass jams like "South Coastin'" (which combines a bass-heavy backbeat with bubbling flute licks) or opening salvo "Stampede" (which kicks off the album with a furiously-paced guitar, horn and breakbeat workout) transcend the funk template with expressive soloing that lends a psychedelic edge to its heavy, earthy grooves. The showstopper: a smoking cover of 4 Hero's anthem "Hold It Down" that'll have you shakin' yo' thang 'til last call.