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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 »

Dub Colossus: The Ezana Stone Sessions (Week 3)

Madame Diop are a french-german studio project based in Heidelberg (Germany) .
Their atmospheric left field remix of Yezema Meseret is a slow brooding dark-lounge classic!

The french-senegalese Madame Diop (vocals) and the German Monsieur le Fou (bass/composer/producer) first decided to work together in 2009.
Their first album which is nearly finished, will be called "Etats d´âmes",
and released in 2012.
Their music is a mixture of french chansons, dub, lounge and new electronic sounds.

Published 19th Dec 2011, 10:30am »

Proper Music Podcast: Episode 14

Episode 14 of's series of weekly podcasts, produced and hosted by broadcaster Trevor Dann, is available now for free streaming and download through iTunes and SoundCloud.

Ian Anderson, Colin Irwin and Robin Denselow join Trevor Dann to discuss the winning albums in the fRoots Critics Poll 2011, why physical still has the edge over digital in specialist music and what we can look forward to in 2012. The music experts discuss Real World artists Aurelio, JuJu and Spiro.

Published 13th Dec 2011, 1:36pm »

Dub Colossus - The Ezana Stone Sessions (Week 2)

Week Two is a dance remix of 'Tringo' by Bimbamatic.

Sandy Hoover (aka BIMBAMATIC and Lunar Drive) currently lives in California. Best known for her Lunar Drive albums "Right Here at Black Mesa, Arizona" and "All Together Now", she recently produced the Mexican band Los de Abajos' new album, "Actitud Calle".

Sandy's remix featuring Sintayehu "Mimi" Zenebe totally reworks "Tringo" into an tuffgal Ethiopian handbag classic..!

On a final note, you can now listen to the whole of Dub Colossus' first album 'In A Town Called Addis'. Follow the link below to listen.

Published 12th Dec 2011, 1:18pm »

Dub Colossus - The Ezana Stone Sessions (Week 1)

Today Real World and Dub Colossus launch The Ezana Stone Sessions - a ten week free track giveaway featuring remixes from the recent album 'Addis Through the Looking Glass'.

Key tracks from the album are re-interperated by remixers from around the world in many different styles and flavours - some smooth, some rough, and some seriously shaken and stirred in a dubwise style. The sounds of dubstep, roots, lounge, psycho-trance and perverse pop are all here.

Every Monday a track will be available to download free.

Week One kicks off with "Wehgene" - Almamegretta mix (Naples, Italy).
A roots remix by Gennaro T and Paolo Polcari for Almamagretta. Featuring Tirudel Zenebe on vocals

From Naples, Almamegretta are one of the most successful groups from the roots reggae / world music arena in Italy. Their best known albums are Lingo, Quattro Quarti and recently, the excellent Dubfellas!

"Nick Page (aka Dubulah) and his long list of seasoned collaborators from London and Ethiopia never stop being inventive, exciting and involving in the most sophisticated and sexily sinuous manner." Songlines Magazine ***** (Addis Through the Looking Glass)

Published 5th Dec 2011, 12:57pm »

Iarla wins Best Traditional Album of 2011

The prestigious Irish Times has awarded Iarla O Lionaird Best Album of the Year in the Traditional catagory. A well deserved recognition of his outstanding, ground breaking new album Foxlight:

"Reflection and contemplation seem to be the order of the traditional music world these days. Stand-out albums have had one thing in common: a consistency of tone and mood that hints at a desire to do so much more than merely air a new (or an old) tune set or song.... Iarla Ó Lionáird raised the bar yet again with his soul-filled, light world, Foxlight . " (Siobhan Long, Irish Times)

Published 5th Dec 2011, 12:27pm »

Charlie Winston Canadian Tour: Jan / Feb 2012

Charlie Winston has announced a Canadian tour which hits the road in January 2012.

Tickets and special bonus packages for the Tour are available for sale from all the usual Canadian tickets outlets. VIP packages for the tour will be soon be available from the Charlie Winston Web Store.

Published 30th Nov 2011, 11:13am »

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