Quadron is a soulful experimental pop duo from Copenhagen, Denmark comprised of vocalist Coco O. and multi-instrumentalist/producer Robin Hannibal. First introduced by a mutual friend, Coco and Robin had immediate chemistry right from the start. "As soon as I met Coco, I knew she was special," Robin says of their first encounter. "She could sing the phonebook and make it sound good." Dubbing themselves Quadron as a respectful nod to their Black heritage (they're both ¼ Black), the Danish duo quickly developed a stateside audience after Coco's gorgeous vocals and Robin's laidback production caught the attention of an eclectic mix of blogs, tastemakers, and celebrities, including Adele, Prince, Questlove from The Roots, and renowned BBC DJ Gilles Peterson, who named their sensuous track "Day" one of his favorite songs of 2009 in his annual year-end roundup of Worldwide Winners.
In 2010, Quadron's critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album was released by LA-based indie label Plug Research. Anchored by lush minimalist R&B grooves such as "Horse" and "Average Fruit," New York magazine ranked Quadron No. 7 on its list of the Top 10 albums of 2010. Other highlights include infectious, classic Motown-inspired tracks like "Pressure" and "Slippin'," which not only made Coco a darling among music critics, but were highly sought after by music supervisors for film and television. "Slippin'" appears on the soundtrack for the Oscar-nominated film The Kids are Alright and could also be heard on episodes of ABC's Grey's Anatomy and NBC's The Parenthood, while "Pressure" scored a placement on The CW's One Tree Hill.
A year after the release of their debut album, Raphael Saadiq invited Quadron to be the opening act for his 2011 tour. "Quadron caught me off guard in a very cool way," says Saadiq. "Coco's passionate vocal performance coupled with Robin's beats and chord combination choices is fresh yet classic. We toured together in Europe and the United States and they brought life to the stage, reeking of endless possibilities. I'm anxious to see how the rest of the world reacts to them."
While Coco's inspiration springs from a life well-lived ("leisurely bike rides and good drinks"), she also credits Lauryn Hill's classic solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and Sade's elegant lyrics as being at the center of her formative music years. "I used to say I grew up on breast milk and Sade," Coco recalls, explaining the roots of her striking vocal style. By comparison, Robin's flair for layering the intricacies of chord progressions, composition, and instrumentation come from his love for musical greats such as Italian composer/conductor Ennio Morricone and late psychedelic soul producer Charles Stepney. Together, Coco and Robin masterfully blend their influences to give way to true artistry.
Now based in LA and promising a sophomore album with more up-tempo songs and thoughtful instrumentations, Quadron is excited about sharing the evolution of their sound, which includes influences from soul, pop, folk, and electronic music. "As we change as humans, our music changes with us," Coco says of their new works in progress. "It's still Robin and Coco, but even better versions than in 2009."