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Portico Quartet on Guardian 'How I Wrote' session

Watch Portico Quartet performing a live combination of 'Line' and 'Rubidium' as part of The Guardian's "How I Wrote" sessions.

The Guardian "How I Wrote" sessions involve high quality video content of artists discussing their inspiration and background for current material/a song of theirs, as well as a live performance.

Published 19th Apr 2012, 4:15pm »

JuJu to Play Live in London (17th May)

JuJu bring their electrifying improvised fusion of African styles, blues and rock to the Borderline in London on 17th May 2012.

"Their clearest influences...Led Zeppelin, a little Lee Perry and, in the African's extraordinary fiddle solos, a measure of Hendrix-style firepower." MOJO (uk)

Published 11th Apr 2012, 11:11am »

Spiro Captured Live

Close to the end of their successful UK tour Spiro played a sold out show at London's Old Queen's Head. A beautiful venue and an outstanding performance are captured here with a performance of 'Shaft' from their album 'Lightbox'.

The Evening Standard were there to review the show: "It's English folk meets Philip Glass, or in this tune Arvo Pärt, as the music builds up to warm violin lines, descending over and over. The music is intricately worked out, without the improvisations or solos of a regular folk band, as if they are in an inextricable machine...Jane Harbour on fiddle has most of the melodies - she's coiled like a cobra ready to strike, shifting from side to side and fixing you with her eyes. And then the music stops. It's sudden and surprising but the response is a whoop of joy and cries for more." (5 stars)

Published 10th Apr 2012, 12:20pm »

Spiro's UK tour...

Spiro played an inspirational set of heart-stopping tunes to a delighted audience at their sell-out London show last night.

Tickets are still available for their remaining live dates in Bury (29th March), Bristol (31st March), and Basingstoke (1st April).

Published 29th Mar 2012, 11:52am »

Portico Quartet remix competition winners

After careful deliberation, squeezing many listening hours into a busy tour schedule, Portico Quartet have selected the winners for their Steepless remix competition.

The winners are as follows:

Winner - Capac

2nd Place - Kinlaw

3rd Place - Crookes View

Portico Quartet also give special shout outs to Marouette, Spine Static, Alphabets Heaven, MON:STEREO for their efforts too.

Thanks to everyone for taking part, we've all had great fun listening to the remixes as they have been coming in. Keep your eyes peeled for future remix competitions on the RWR SoundCloud page.

Published 23rd Mar 2012, 11:01am »

24 Bit Dub

If you want to give your ears and speakers a super high quality treat you can now access Dub Me Tender through B&W's Society of Sound. Join the music club dedicated to delivering music of outstanding quality and download 14 tracks of full dub remixes of album tracks by Dub Colossus.

"The shimmering Ethiojazz elements remain......but Dub Colossus mastermind Dubulah applies heavy one-drop pressure to hypnotic effect." (Metro UK)

Photo by York Tillyer

Published 20th Mar 2012, 2:48pm »

JuJu and Dub Colossus nominated for Songlines Music Awards

We are delighted to announce that JuJu (Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara) have been nominated in the Best Group category in the Songlines Music Awards 2012 for their album 'In Trance' and Dub Colossus have been nominated in the Cross-Cultural Collaboration category for their album 'Addis Through the Looking Glass'.

The nominees were chosen by public vote, and the Songlines Awards Jury will select the winner from each category, with the results announced in the June issue of the magazine.

These awards showcase the year's outstanding CD releases from all over the world - good luck to both JuJu and Dub Colossus!

Published 16th Mar 2012, 2:13pm »

Portico Quartet live on BBC 6 Music

As BBC 6 Music Celebrates 10 Years on the digital airwaves, Huey invited Portico Quartet and Cornelia (featured on their track Steepless) to play live in the studio.

Available to listen to until the 18th March.

Published 14th Mar 2012, 11:00am »

Propermusic.com Podcast 25: Spiro

Episode 25 of Propermusic.com's weekly series of podcasts, produced and hosted by award-winning broadcaster Trevor Dann, is available now for free streaming and download through iTunes and SoundCloud.

Genre-defying Bristol band Spiro join Trevor Dann in the studio to talk about their latest album Kaleidophonica (Real World) before they set off on tour. Featuring tracks from the new release, Spiro discuss their complex instrumental arrangements and the thrill of performing live.

Published 5th Mar 2012, 11:24am »

Portico Quartet - UK Tour Continues

Following sell out dates in London (York Hall) and Brighton (Komedia) Portico Quartet take their new sound out live. If you missed these outstanding shows there is still time to catch them in the UK elsewhere.



The Guardian
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"…pulsing anthems such as City of Glass and Laker Boo - means Portico Quartet stake claims to territory occupied by Radiohead,Cinematic Orchestra and Efterklang."


The Telegraph
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"Cinematic, ambient, funky, impressionistic, eerie... All of these terms and more can be applied to Portico Quartet's music, where acoustic instruments and increasingly capable technology blend to create almost infinite hybrids and variations.
... Where on earth will they go next?"

Stool Pigeon
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"It's a faultless set: a proficient expansion of the group's recent studio work. Portico Quartet aren't just knocking on the door of experimental dance music, they are leading it in new and exciting directions."

Clash Music
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"Glorious... awe-inspiring... Portico Quartet is a band striding out from the underground on their terms, and the admiration awaiting them is there for all to see."


05/03 The Sage Gateshead Book Tickets
06/03 The Duchess York Book Tickets
07/03 Town Hall Birmingham Book Tickets
08/03 Queens Social Club Sheffield Book Tickets
09/03 Arts Centre Norwich Book Tickets
10/03 RNCM Manchester Book Tickets
18/10 The Roundhouse London Book Tickets

Published 2nd Mar 2012, 4:54pm »