That trend began to change this year, thanks to solid recordings such as Will "Quantic" Holland's Mishaps Happening. Far from being weighted down by pretentious soul tracks and bad songwriting, Quantic's music is fleet, edgy, and exciting, from the album's opening cut, the skittering, Brazilian-flavored title track, to the fat and funky "So Long," a collaboration with the airy songstress Alice Russell.
Mishaps Happening's cumulative power rests in Quantic's production style. His music is hard-hitting drums and vibrant bass lines; it sounds raw, unadorned, and full of positive, pure energy. It's clear he's got the funk; with luck, he'll learn to turn his talents into more than the sum of his songs.