ex-factor (quadron)

this is an oldie but goodie!  best cover i’ve heard in a LONG time!!…

Although adorably anachronistic, Quadron (producer Robin Hannibal and the one-named singer Coco) never delve into kitsch on their self-titled debut album. Instead, the Danish duo faithfully mash up funk, electro, and R&B into a delicious, featherweight sonic brew. The problem is, that while pleasing, Quadron seem content to settle for paying homage to their influences rather than emulating genre originators’ conviction or ennui. Then again, who really wants ennui while buying a latte?

While never taking an outright misstep, the band treads lightly across the album’s 13 songs. Coco, more ingénue than sultry starlet, falters on slower tracks, clearly more at ease with the playful funk of “Jeans” or retro-charm of “Slippin.” Hannibal cleverly builds around his big-voiced leading lady, sprinkling in horns, sax, and baselines with a deceptively understated touch. The edges are sanded down and the grit has long since been removed, but one couldn’t ask for a producer with a better sense of timing. The stars align for “Pressure,” Quadron‘s unequivocal high point. A breezy upbeat ditty with Phil Spector-style vocals, an aggressive chorus piano breakdown, and brass and handclap backing, it’s an entire meal on an album of mere appetizers. (www.myspace.com/quadronquadron)

Quadron is a Danish duo consisting of singer Coco Maja Hastrup Karshøj and musician/producer Robin Hannibal. The group calls itself and the music they provide, electronic soul.

When Quadron are not acting as a duo, both are part of an electronica collective, Boom Clap Bachelors, who in early 2008 released the album “Just Before Your Lips.”  Coco has also previously been in the Karen Corps, and Robin Hannibal has collaborated with Nobody Beats The Beats, Clemens, Joker and L.O.C. Hannibal also has concurrently been working on his own projects, Owusu & Hannibal and Parallel Dance Ensemble.

The self-titled debut album was released in late July 2009. Besides the track “Slippin'”, Quadron contributed six songs on the soundtrack for the Hella Joof movie, “Hush Little Baby” “Slippin'” was the film’s theme song.  Paste Magazine named Quadron “Best of What’s Next” in August 2010, and New York Magazine named Quadron’s self-titled album Number 7 in their top 10 best albums of the year.

In 2011, they contributed the track “Samba De Verão” to the Red Hot Organization’s most recent charitable album “Red Hot+Rio 2.” The album is a follow-up to the 1996 “Red Hot + Rio.” Proceeds from the sales will be donated to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV and related health and social issues.  Coco Maja Hastrup Karshøj is featured in Chip tha Ripper‘s newest single “Like Me Too”, which is produced by Blended Babies and set to appear on the rapper’s upcoming album.


2 thoughts on “ex-factor (quadron)

  1. Keep circling back to listen…love this song! Coco has a soulfulness and similar artistry to that of Sia. Different, but draws you in and creates a connection!

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