Spiro's sound is sweeping, majestic and cinematic - essentially English acoustic music, beautiful and brilliant.
The City and the Stars is taken from Spiro's new album Kaleidophonica. The track is intensely visual and meticulously played, painting a picture of the metropolis at night.
"It's all breathless stuff, genuinely unlike anything else, and exciting, rewarding and gorgeous in equal measure." fRoots
'Dub Me Tender' is 14 tracks of deep 70s style dub remixes by Dubulah himself of tracks from the first two Dub Colossus albums. Packed full of blazing horns, spooky organ and rock solid rhythms the original Ethio-jazz tracks are stripped back and loaded with weighty dub-heavy grooves.
Dub Colossus is the vision of Nick Page - aka Dubulah. Dubulah first travelled to Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa in 2006 to collaborate with musicians and explore traditional Azmari styles, 60s Ethiopian pop, Ethiojazz and 70s Jamaican dub reggae. There he came across some amazingly talented artists and Dub Colossus was born. When their first set, 'A Town Called Addis', was released back in 2008 it was hailed as one of the most inventive fusion albums of the year, with its blend of contemporary and traditional Ethiopian styles, jazz and dub reggae. This was followed by an even more varied and sophisticated album, 'Addis Through The Looking Glass', that moves the experiment on - with the Ethiopian contingent playing a greater role in the proceedings.
The new self-titled Portico Quartet album is released on CD / CD Special Edition / Vinyl & as a digital download today. Buy the Portico Quartet CD / Vinyl from our official online store to receive the album digitally (320kps MP3's) free of charge along with your order.
You can hear an exclusive full album stream on the Clash Music website.
"The brooding, fuzzy glitch-jazz of opener Window Seat sets the mood for the nine tracks that follow, one that is in turns soothing and deeply unsettling. Ruins sounds like a progressive version of The XX, further confirming Portico's assimilation of electronic influences...Rubidium is an eight-minutes and more mini-epic that builds from its seductive Afrobeat-cum-horn intro into a scuttling, euphoric noise. Equally uplifting is the hypnotic, beat-filled Lacker Boo and the rich, evocative City of Glass. Steepless...offers a moment of genuine pop accessibility on an album that is otherwise an exercise in sheer musical abandonment. Listen without prejudice." (Mojo 4 Stars)
Week 9 of Dub Colossus' Ezana Stone Sessions sees a total reworking of the track 'Tringo', originally sung by Sintayehu "Mimi" Zenebe.
Remixer 'Hideous Wheel' has redefined and recreated as an ecstatic club frenzy to keep things fresh - global acid techno or what!
This is what B&W say about their ground-breaking 800 Series Diamond speaker:
"This is the first time......consistently applied"
Purchase Portico Quartet's self titled album on the 30th January from the Rough Trade East store to get a free wristband for an exclusive in-store performance the next day at 7pm (31st Jan).
Any remaining wristbands will be given out 1 hour prior to the show... one per person.
'Dub Me Tender' is a reworking of tracks from both Dub Colossus albums, plus four previously unreleased tracks - all put through a dub blender. The album is released on CD & digitally on the 6th February 2012.
Dub Colossus are hailed as one of the most inventive fusion acts of recent years, with their blend of contemporary and traditional Ethiopian styles, jazz and dub reggae, and two successful albums to their name ('A Town Called Addis' and 'Addis Through The Looking Glass'). They also developed into a rousing live band, transporting audiences to the sultry clubs and pounding dancehalls of Addis Ababa with their intriguing sound and exuberant live shows.
Mills and Boom are an enigmatic remix team from South London and the East Coast of the UK comprising latin pecussionist and programmer (Mills) and Mighty Bassmaster (Boom).
They have both worked for many acts including Femi Kuti, Havana Cultura, Massive, Working Week and Owiny Sigoma. Here they rework the track Kuratu, featuring Tsedenia Gebremarkos (voice) and Samuel Yirga (piano), into a funk rhythm fest. Bongo fury meets bass culture...
Portico Quartet refuse to be typecast and with their third self-titled album their sonic pallet expands into new territories, drawing upon the influence of electronica, ambient, classical and dance music. With the new album released on January 30, the band tour Europe in February and return to the UK for a string of dates opening at Bethnal Green's York Hall on 29 February and concluding at RNCM in Manchester on 10 March. Joined by new member Keir Vine (hang and keyboards) expect strange, beautiful future sounds.
Well known for his Buddah Bar contributions and Ethiopiques nights DJ-ing - the fabulously eccentric David Chazam reworks the track 'Wey Fikir' (from Addis Through The Looking Glass) featuring the sublime voice of Tsedenia Gebre Marqos.