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Portico Quartet : Remix Single Release 28 February

Portico Quartet's second single from their recently released self-titled album, features mixes of two standout tracks, with close associate Will Ward (of Portico Quartet side project Circle Traps) reworking the enigmatic Window Seat and the renowned remixers and Hyperdub recording artists LV (who also remixed the band's breakthrough track Cittagazze back in 2008) bringing their very own brand of dance floor magic to the anthemic City Of Glass.


"Effortlessly minimal…achingly haunting and beautiful… Groundbreaking… Stunning." 19/20 (Crack Magazine)
"...soundscapes run the gamut from ECM-ish ambient to the heavy-duty electronica of Aphex Twin or Flying Lotus" (Uncut)

Published 17th Feb 2012, 12:41pm »

Kaleidophonica: The new album from Spiro (full track samples + pre order)

Listen to four new tracks from Spiro's new album Kaleidophonica, out on Monday 20th Feb in Europe.

According to Songlines magazine Spiro "… evoke a beautiful melancholy that is traditionally English and yet wholly of the now."

Kaleidophonica has been described by fRoots as "… breathless stuff, genuinely unlike anything else, and exciting, rewarding and gorgeous in equal measure."

Spiro will launch their new album with a special instore performance on 20th Feb at Rise, Bristol, 6pm FREE ADMISSION. Let us know you are attending here.

Spiro are touring the UK in March. See a full list of dates and book tickets here.

Published 13th Feb 2012, 2:32pm »

Spiro Free Track Giveaway 'The City and the Stars'

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

Published 8th Feb 2012, 7:06am »

Dub Me Tender Vol 1 and 2 Out Now

'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.

Published 6th Feb 2012, 11:50am »

Listen to the full album by Portico Quartet - Released Today

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)

Published 30th Jan 2012, 12:45pm »

Dub Colossus - The Ezana Stone Sessions (Week 9)

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!

Published 30th Jan 2012 »

Spiro track featured on B&W film 'The making of an 800 Series Diamond speaker '

Spiro track Darkling Plains from the album 'Lightbox' provides the sound track to this intriguing and delightful film by Bowers and Wilkins. Lightbox was previewed on B&W's Society of Sound so this is a fitting partnership.

This is what B&W say about their ground-breaking 800 Series Diamond speaker:

"This is the first time......consistently applied"

Published 26th Jan 2012, 1:37pm »

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 »

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