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Quantic Digs In His Record Collection On 'A Day In' w/ OKP TV

Quantic Spends 'A Day In' w/ OKP TV + Plays Us His Favorite Records

Quantic talks new LP 'Magnetica' and digs in his record collection on 'A Day In' w/ OKP TV

Quantic–an international man of musical mystery if ever there was one–recently invited us to come by his crib (where does a musician who travels the world rest his accordion-case? Brooklyn, naturally) to play some records and some music for “A Day In” on Okayplayer TV. It just so happens to be the eve of Quantic’s new album Magnetica (his first strictly solo affair since 2006—out June 10th on Tru Thoughts), which means that when Q walked us through his world-class vinyl collection we got some extra insight on the range of sounds, source material and musicians that informed the new project. Given the range of that range–in addition to the sounds of his beloved Colombia (where he’s lived and recorded for the last 7 years) Magnetica incorporates sounds from Ethiopia, Jamaica, Brazil, Angola and beyond–you could accurately call our Day In at Quantic’s house a tropical stay-cation.

Case in point, some essential ’70s long players from legendary Colombian salsa star Fruko  who lends his virtuoso timbale playing to the new record. But there’s also Quantic’s favorite Chinese cha-cha-cha side, some cumbia 78s (hand-twirled on his Technics turntable) and of course, his accordion collection. The best kind of music nerd is the kind that gives game generously, and Q didn’t hesitate to go deep about either the changing soundscape of salsa created by the placement of instruments in the mix or the thread that connects all the diverse sounds on Magnetica, from the Brazilian folk of the Iara Renno vehicle “Caruru” to the Ethiopian punk of “Arada” featuring Amharic vocals from Dereb The Ambassador. The thread is love, baby. Love and accordions. Get a taste via a stream of the title track above, watch the full Okayplayer TV episode below and scroll down for upcoming live dates.

>>>Purchase Magnetica (via iTunes)

Videographers: Jake Remington + Allison Swank
Editor: Jake Remington (Collabo!)

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Magnetica Live Tour Dates:
6/11: Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
6/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
6/13: New York, NY @ Drom
6/14: Chicago, IL @ Taste of Randolph Festival
6/15: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
6/17: Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Jazz Festival
6/19: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West at King Plow
6/20: Austin, TX @ Empire (Control Room)
6/22: South Park, CO @ Sonic Bloom Festival
6/25: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
6/27: Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
6/28: Vancouver, BC @ Vancouver Jazz Festival
6/29: Montreal, QC @ Montreal Jazz Festival


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