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Portico Quartet performing at Rough Trade East In-store on the 31/1

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.

Published 25th Jan 2012, 9:40am »

Pre-order Dub Colossus - 'Dub Me Tender Vol 1 + 2'

'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.

Published 24th Jan 2012, 10:45am »

Dub Colossus - The Ezana Stone Sessions (Week 8)

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...

Published 23rd Jan 2012, 1:52pm »

Portico Quartet Announce UK Tour Dates

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.

Published 16th Jan 2012, 12:19pm »

Dub Colossus - The Ezana Stone Sessions (Week 7)

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.

Published 16th Jan 2012, 12:06pm »

Iarla ó Lionáird guests on Echoes with John Diliberto

Echoes is a nightly music soundscape heard on public radio stations across the United States.

The two-hour music soundscape is distributed by Public Radio International and broadcast on 130 radio stations from Maine to California. With host John Diliberto, a writer forBillboard, Pulse and other magazines, Echoes brings together a wide array of styles, from acoustic to electronic, jazz to space music, the avant-garde to rock. Echoes is a sound that is cross-cultural and trans-millennial, merging cultures and forms, technology and tradition, the ancient past and the possible future.

Iarla's interview airs on Monday January 16 and the weekend of January 21.

"He was the soulful Irish voice of Afro Celt Sound System, but now on his own, Iarla Ó Lionáird has teamed up with Brian Eno collaborator, Leo Abrahams. They made an album of deep and atmospheric Celtic Aires called Foxlight. We talk to Iarla about tapping the Celtic soul…"

Published 13th Jan 2012, 11:57am »

Portico Quartet 'Steepless' Remix Competition

Portico Quartet are offering you the chance to remix 'Steepless' from their forthcoming new album 'Portico Quartet' (released 30th January 2012).

Uniquely for Portico Quartet, the track Steepless features a vocal collaboration with the East London based Swedish singer, Cornelia. The band met Cornelia through their friend Jamie Woon, and were drawn to her unique voice and songs. Steepless, which started as a more conventional song, was created live in the studio by the band, and Cornelia and the band together created a powerful new dialogue that provides one of the album's many stand out moments.

The winner will receive a SoundCloud Pro account (courtesy of Soundcloud) plus all 3 12" Portico Quartet vinyl LP releases, a limited edition EP and a pair of tickets to one of their upcoming gigs (excluding festivals). Two runners up will receive a Souncloud Lite Account and a copy of the new album.

To enter, download the stems from below, remix the track and then post it to the dropbox. The competition closes at 12pm (GMT) on the 6th February 2012. Entrants must first read and accept the Terms & Conditions before entering. Good Luck.

Portico Quartet - Steepless by RealWorldRecords
Published 9th Jan 2012, 9:46am »

Dub Colossus - The Ezana Stone Sessions (Week 6)

Nick Van Gelder is the drummer with Dub Colossus and artist in his own right.

This is a great dubbed out remix of Selemi Pt.2, the track is originally from the Addis meets rockers uptown EP

Published 8th Jan 2012 »

Dub Colossus: The Ezana Stone Sessions (Week 5)

This week's remix is by Eccodek.

Eccodek is the highly regarded Canadian producer, remixer and multi instrumentalist Andrew McPherson. But more than that, it is the tapestry of sound created when a producer, inspired singers and gifted multi-instrumentalists from the four corners of the globe find a common love for dub, funk, jazz and cinematic electronics.

In early 2007 Eccodek won a Canadian Independent Music Award for Favourite World Artist.

Medina "Veil of Dub Mix" (originally on the EP "Rockers Meet Addis Uptown) is a dubbed out remix of a traditional song from Northen Ethiopia (Gondar) featuring the voice and messenqo of Teremage Woretaw.

Published 3rd Jan 2012, 9:58am »

Dub Colossus: The Ezana Stone Sessions (Week 4)

Week 4 of The Ezana Stone Sessions sees a skankin' remix of 'Wey Fikir' by Janaka Selekta featuring the great vocals of Tsedenia G-Marqos.

Janaka Selekta has remixed noted artists inc Karsh Kale, Cheb i Sabbah and Asian Dub Foundation, as well as recording his own albums.

Published 26th Dec 2011 »

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