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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 »

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 »

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