Quantic with JOHN KONG at the Rivoli (332 Queen West), tonight (Thursday, April 10). 10 pm. 19+. $8 (includes Do Right! CD). www.quantic.org
"It's really not that attractive-looking, is it? The album's called Compositions, by Robert John Gallo, on a Canadian label, Mandala. There's a great tune on it, Tequila. I could imagine b-boys breaking to that. The drums are very well produced in a rock style.
"Before, I was just into really raw drum sounds, so I thought three crappy microphones through an analog board would do it. But after hearing the Heath Brothers' Marchin' On (Strata East), I realized the value of a well-crafted approach to drum sounds."
There are bound to be more than a few choice vocal bits you could lift from this Xaviera Hollander album, Happy Hooked (Turning Point).
"Yeah, there's a telephone conversation where some woman calls asking about how to become a madame that is quite funny," grins Holland. "It'd work nicely in DJ sets dropped onto instrumentals. I can assure you it will be put to good use."
Surely, there are no samples worth swiping from this Italian Yusef Lateef compilation?
"Oh no, that's for my girlfriend. She's a big jazz fan, and Yusef is one of her favourites. She introduced me to a lot of amazing Sun Ra and Pharoah Sanders records. I always pick up something for her on my trips."
Neither the unseasonable ice pellet onslaught nor the looming threat of a SARS epidemic could keep UK beat junkie Will Holland, aka Quantic, out of Toronto record stores. He'll be previewing the floor-quaking tracks from his new Quantic Soul Orchestra disc, Stampede (Tru Thoughts), including the bootylicious version of 4hero's modern classic, Hold It Down, along with his New Soul mix of the Hand Polished jam So Sudden (Do Right!) at the Rivoli tonight (Thursday, April 10). But Holland was in town a week early on a crate-digging expedition. Even though he wasn't carrying a cellphone, it wasn't hard to track down our kid Quantic. Word was that he'd already logged an afternoon rummaging through the Cosmos bins and a few hours pawing through sevens at Kops before stopping by Play de Record for a friendly visit on Thursday. Unless I missed my guess, that left Friday open to trawl Ric's Collectibles. Sure enough, there he was at the back of the room behind a massive stack of dusty wax, merrily bouncing needle from cheesy Brazilian disco joints to sleazy soft-core soundtracks. "Check this Roy Glover album," glows Holland with a conspiratorial whisper. "It's on Evolution -- the same label as One Fine Morning!" Slightly puzzled by his barely suppressed ecstasy about the find, I had to wonder whether he was really referring to the Lighthouse 70s pop smash One Fine Morning. Apparently, the Brits see it as something other than a common AM radio golden oldie. "Ah, yes! That's it, Lighthouse! What an amazing jazz dance track. The arrangement of One Fine Morning is really great -- everything comes together beautifully and the production is also excellent." Damn, what's that thing with the ugly grade-school-composition-book-style sleeve?