Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno Dog with a Rope

Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno Dog with a Rope
With his second release under the Flowering Inferno moniker, Will (Quantic) Holland continues to scratch his musical itch for more Jamaican-influenced, Latin dancehall fare. The record is awash with the laidback rhythms of reggae - a welcome, breezy, tropical infusion and a beautiful reminder that coastal Columbia shares the same African roots as its many Caribbean Island neighbours to the north - while jazz instruments give it a vintage flush. The rhythms of Puerto Rico, Cuba (guaguanco) and the Cumbia of Columbia are tweaked just enough to maintain their identity while being given a modern edge. In the case of "Echate Pa'lla" and "Te Pico El YaibĂ­," the vocal, more traditional cuts reappear later in heavier dub versions, bringing the total count up to ten tracks. Anchored by a smooth and persistent bass line, all the tracks on Dog with a Rope, which features some first-rate performances by percussionists Conrad Kelly (Steel Pulse/UB40) and Wilson Viveros (a legend in Colombia's capital), mesh perfectly into one another, making for a seamless listen despite the various styles being highlighted. (Tru Thoughts)