“Keep an eye on them, they're going places” says Gilles Peterson. Quintessence, a heavily requested favourite on his BBC Radio 1 World Wide show, and Gilles goes on to explain one of the first paid jobs he had was with John Peel on a Finnish radio station, Radio Mafia, where he had become intrigued and aware of the cutting edge music coming out in Finland, the smallest country in Scandinavia. Indeed, Quintessence’s unique mixture of nu soul, jazz, funk and Scandinavian cool, form part of a group of Finnish acts that are reinvigorating Finland’s reputation for producing great cutting edge sounds. This instant classic takes the Quintessence formula to a new level of deepness. With new liveband versions of the four tracks featured on the ‘White light’ EP on the legendary Dorada, the album showcases Quintessence’s fine production and song-writing ability as well as demonstrating influences as diverse as D’Angelo, Jill Scott, Common, The Roots (for whom they opened for at one of Europe’s biggest festivals), Prince, Bacharach, Miles Davis and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Their unique mixture of nusoul, jazz, funk and Scandinavian cool found its way into the hearts, ears and record collections of music lovers and critics alike.
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