Quantic on Tour and ‘Caliventura Remixes EP’
02/23/2011, 12:09 pm
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Will Holland aka Quantic goes on tour starting TOMORROW – kicking off in Montreal at Club Lambi.  Will just got back from Caracas, Venezuela where he gave some workshops in conjunction with the Bristish Council and community arts center, Tiuna, El FuerteUpdate:  Check out some great fotos from Will’s visit HERE.

February 24th @ Club Lambi in Montreal
February 25th @ Barrymore’s Music Hall in Ottawa
February 26th @ The Garrison (Turning Point) in Toronto
February 27th @ Sonar in Quebec City

March 3rd @ Zanzibar (Afro Funke) in Santa Monica (LA Release Party for the Caliventura Remix EP)
March 4th @ Beauty Bar in Las Vegas (The Get Back)
March 5th @ Orson in San Francisco
March 6th @ Commonwealth Lounge in Fullerton (w/ J. Sole)

March 9th @ Butterfly Social Lounge in Chicago
March 10th @ The Standard in Miami – Sunset Sessions
March 10th @ SoBe Live for Next Aid’s ‘Beats Build Hope’ Benefit in Miami (w/ Nickodemus & J. Sole)
March 11th @ Highline Ballroom w/ Los Amigos Invisibles in NYC
March 11th @ Nublu w/ Nickodemus (The Barrio Bump) in NYC
March 12th @ The Sound Table in Atlanta

{Foto by B+)

The tour will help promote Quantic’s upcoming album release – ‘Caliventura Remixes EP’ – STREAM 6 SONGS HERE.

“The Caliventura EP, out on 15th March, sees Cut Chemist, J-Boogie, Jeremy Sole, Daedelus and DJ Day giving the remix treatment to a handful of tracks from Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro‘s immensely acclaimed Tradition In Transition‘ album. The EP also features an alternative, previously unreleased version of the album track, Albela. This essential EP comes in a full colour picture sleeve featuring a photograph taken in Colombia by the celebrated LA-based photographer B+, who has become a key contributor to the Quantic aesthetic in recent years, and whose critically acclaimed body of work includes the famous shot for DJ Shadow‘s ‘Endtroducing.’  Inside the beautiful sleeve, you’ll also find an exclusive download card with all five vinyl tracks available on mp3, plus five bonus goodies.
Quantic And His Combo Bárbaro – Caliventura Remix EP
(12″/Digital + Bonus Downloads) 

Tracklisting 12″:
A1. Albela (Alternative Version)
A2. Undelivered Letter (Daedelus Remix feat. Computer Jay)
A3. Mas Pan (DJ Day Remix)
B1. Un Canto A Mi Tierra (J-Boogie Remix)
B2. Un Canto A Mi Tierra (Cut Chemist Remix)

Tracklisting Digital :
01. Albela (Alternative Version)
02. Undelivered Letter (Daedelus Remix feat. Computer Jay)
03. Mas Pan (DJ Day Remix)
04. Un Canto A Mi Tierra (J-Boogie Remix)
05. Un Canto A Mi Tierra (Cut Chemist Remix)
06. Canção do Deserto (Jeremy Sole‘s Verocai Dub)

Bonus Downloads :
07. Un Canto A Mi Tierra Instrumental (Cut Chemist Instrumental Remix)
08. Undelivered Letter (Daedelus Remix)
09. Un Canto A Mi Tierra (J-Boogie Instrumental Remix)
10. Un Canto A Mi Tierra (J-Boogie Drumappela Remix)”


No Es Broma / Coje Calma: Los Rakas New Video ‘Kalle’
02/10/2011, 5:42 pm
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New video from Los Rakas – really proud of the roll-out on this one and end product.  It was a pleasure working with Craig Nisperos and his directing team on this. No es broma!

Don’t miss Raka Rich & Raka Dun on 2/15 at SOB’s w/ La Mala Rodriguez.  Due to travel restrictions for La Mala, Los Rakas will perform a FREE show on 2/17 at SOB’s with Flama & Nyle vs. The Naysayers. They’ll also do some special events that week so stay in the loop with them on twitter.

“While Los Rakas was in town last July for the LAMC {Latin Alternative Music Conference} and rocking multiple shows on every single day of their week stay, instead of take a day off to chill, the guys hit THE STREET on a Sunday morning in 4 NYC boros to shoot the clip for ‘Kalle.’  Directed by NYC-er, Craig Nisperos, the video is an ode to the classic NYC hip-hop video, which the guys really wanted while they were in the city.  The clip drops in time for their return to NYC; on February 15th, Los Rakas plays with Spain’s La Mala Rodriguez at SOB’s. Get Tickets. Get a FREE download of ‘Kalle’ from RCRDLBL.COM and click on the photo to watch the video”

More excitement for the clip from:

[ w/ Free Download] – ‘”Kalle” is still a reflection of their own blend of reggae, dancehall and hip-hop, but this one is tougher. If you like your rap with faster drums and almost Kraftwerk-influenced beats, then this one is for you.’

[NPR’s Alt.Latino] – ‘Este dúo panameño esta demostrando que no solo son increíblemente prolíficos, también su música mejora con cada lanzamiento.’

[MTV’s MTV Iggy] – ‘They shot on a roof, in a club, on a playground, in a bodega, down by Canal Street, up to Harlem, and all the way up in the Bronx. Like the heavy, dancehall-influenced track, the video pulsates with the energy of the city — any city.’

[Remezcla] – ‘Sorry, Oakland…but the boys are reppin’ the big apple on this one. But don’t worry, Oaktown t-shirts aplenty.’

[The FADER] – ‘For their new song “Kalle,” the duo un-turfed their sound some but it’s strong in the same way as ever; quick and manish enough to get anybody brawny agitated, but with incantation hooks an Aventura-loving round-the-way girl can warble’

Click on the flyer for tickets to the 2/15 show in New York City:

MVMT, Waffles and New Years Guide
02/04/2011, 1:32 pm
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Completely forgot to share this video I was a part of earlier this year.  Shot by Michael Cordero {aka Conscious Hustler} and hosted by the one and only Mr. Rolando ‘Grow‘ Brown – watch me talk about the importance of reflecting on the small accomplishments towards visualizing the larger ones!  Not to mention, the soundtrack to the video is hot!

Check out this website, and download the 2011 New Year’s Guide – it’s never too late to plan out your year!

Bomba Estéreo X Fania Records = Pa’ Colombia! / Palenque Film
02/02/2011, 12:23 pm
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…check out this cool project that Bomba Estéreo participated in with FADER magazine where they remixed a Fania Records song of their choosing.  The result is Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe “Pa´Colombia (Bomba Estéreo Rainy Remix f. DJ Fresh)” – get it as a FREE DOWNLOAD and read about the experience for the band here.

Update: There seems to be some issue with the free download and FADER, but you can hear the song here:

Simón Mejía also just released the trailer of amazing project he’s been a part of for the last few years, a film called ‘Jende Ri Palenge.‘   The film was shot 2 years ago when he visited Palenque, a small village on the coast of Colombia whose inhabitants are descendants of escaped slaves from the 1700s, with his film partner Santiago Posada to cover three Palenqueros or musicians as the duo set up a studio, San Basilio Studio, to record and preserve the rich musical legacy:

San Basilio de Palenque is a small village situated 70 km south of the coastal city of Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, South America. The name ‘Palenque’ was given to the walled communities that were founded by escaped slaves in the XVIIth century. Of the many ‘palenques’ that existed in former times, only San Basilio has survived until the present day.

In 2008 with the support of the Prince Claus fund in Holland, the first ever music – recording studio of the village (San Basilio Estudio) was set up, in an effort to help preserve their musical heritage. This film was shot during the implementation of the project following three of the singers that passed through the studio’s doors.”

Read more about the film here.