Quantic Presents the Western Transient - "Creation (East L.A.)" feat. Jimetta Rose

This song offers a stylish soul jazz rooted in decades past, a nice groove, and Jimetta Rose’s vocals full of squeaky love.

Steve Horowitz: Musicians who look back for inspiration can find themselves between a rock and a hard place. Nobody wants an exercise in nostalgia or pointless retro musings. Change it too much, the flavor gets lost in the present. This song offers a stylish soul jazz rooted in decades past, a nice groove, and Jimetta Rose’s vocals full of squeaky love. The song falls apart over time, and the ephemerality of it all is the point, but a bit more ambition towards an ending would be nice. [7/10]

Jedd Beaudoin: There’s been a lot of hype about Quantic for a while now but, frankly, it’s never really paid off for me. It always misses the soul in soul music and frequently just comes off as tired jams with just enough nice touches to let me finish my first and last listen. [5/10]

Ryan Dieringer: Totally functional boogie music that grooves. My girlfriend, who loves Quantic, will be mad when I say that it's a little clean for my taste, but sounds like it'll be a cool comp. [6/10]

SCORE: 6.00


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