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Live/Remix (2CD)

Portico Quartet

Real World Records / 2013
Genres: jazz, electronic
CDRW194
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Portico Quartet still sound like nothing you ever heard before. The Mercury nominated East London based outfit's unique music has expanded to embrace new sonic territories. Drawing on the inspiration of electronica, ambient, classical and dance music as they take their strange, beautiful, cinematic, future music to exciting new vistas. Their new album 'Live/Remix' is a double album offering a unique insight into two distinct parts of the band's personality. 'Live' catches the band live on tour in 2012 and features tracks from last year's eponymous album, 'Portico Quartet', as well as new arrangements of old favourites 'Clipper' and 'Dawn Patrol'. It offers fans and new listeners a chance to hear the band in all their live power, and the hard won collective empathy that is at the heart of their sound remains the primary touchstone as Portico Quartet take the listener on an epic journey into the heart of their inimitable electro-acoustic-ambient music. Delivered with a powerful punch, the live setting adds an extra drive to the anthemic 'Laker Boo' and driving 'City of Glass', while 'Rubidium' appears in a dynamic new arrangement. East London based Swedish singer Cornelia joins for a truly epic version of their track 'Steepless'.

Remix offers a further insight into the band's music. Curated by Portico Quartet it features mixes of their music by some of the band's favourite producers and DJs. Will Ward (1/3 of electronica outfit Circle Traps and a producer in his own right) keeps the ambience of 'Window Seat' but morphs it into a slow techno burner. SBTRKT did a mix for PQ back in 2010, just before he went onto enjoy global success. Here he gives a UK garage swagger to 'Line' from the band's previous album Isla. Luke Abbott is well known for his use of analogue synthesisers but in this remix he sticks almost entirely to the original recorded parts contorting 'Rubidium' into a kaleidoscopic groove. Scratcha DVA is perhaps best known for hosting rinse FM's grimy breakfast but is also a prolific DJ and Producer. He drags 'Laker Boo' into a darker, bassy, more urban place that suits the tune's hypnotic vibe. LV take 'City Of Glass' to the dance floor. The sax has been twisted into new hooks and melodies and set against the drums, giving the tune some serious welly. Last summer the band ran a remix competition on Soundcloud for the track 'Steepless', this one came out on top from over 300 entries. Capac's track sets the vocal against a beautiful field recording, giving it an extra layer of intimacy and subtlety. Konx-om-Pax is a phrase purportedly used in the Eleusinian Mysteries and used by Aleister Crowley for his Essays on Light published in 1907. It seems fitting then that the producer should remix  '4096 colours' - a piece in which a recording made in front of Gerhard Richter's famous stain glass window was used as the backdrop and inspiration for one of Portico Quartet's most evocative tracks. Berlin is one of the band's favourite cities, and Luca Lozano fronts the highly respected Berlin label Klasse records and is a regular DJ at Berghain. His take on 'Laker Boo' comes straight from the Berlin dance floor.  Finally the album closes with the band's own enigmatic radio edit of 'Steepless'.


Disc 1
1. Window Seat
2. City Of Glass
3. Rubidium
4. Ruins
5. Clipper
6. 4096 Colours
7. Laker Boo
8. Steepless Ft Cornelia
9. Dawn Patrol
10. Dawn Patrol Alt Ending

Disc 2
1. Window Seat (Will Ward Remix)
2. Line (SBTRKT Remix)
3. Rubidium (Luke Abbot Remix)
4. Laker Boo (DVAs Hi:Emotions Remix)
5. City Of Glass (LV Remix)
6. Steepless Ft Cornelia (Capac Remix)
7. 4096 Colours (Konx-om-Pax Remix)
8. Laker Boo (Luca Lozano Black & White Remix)
9. Steepless Ft Cornelia (PQ Edit)


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