Sadly the Portico Quartet is no more. The band has dropped a member yet Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick and Jack Wyllie are continuing their musical adventures under the moniker Portico. Like a phoenix reborn from its ashes, Portico is now exploring new and foreign territories with a foray into electronic music. The band is set to release their debut as a trio, entitled Living Fields, under the famed Ninja Tune label March 30th. The album features singers Jono McCleery, Joe Newman (Alt-J) and Jamie Woon which bring depth to the spacey and trippy sounds of Portico. Even though the Portico Quartet was never truly a jazz band, Portico has even further distanced itself from the genre, which is not necessarily a bad thing, just a new direction for the band. Albeit electronic music, Living Fields is seriously good electronic music made by real musicians and talented ones at that. Stream 5 tracks from the 9 track album below the jump and see for yourself.
After last year's spectacular self-titled release and this year's Live/Remix double album, the Portico Quartet are keeping things going with a pair of EPs of previously unreleased material out now on Real World Records. EP1 features recordings from 2009 with the original line up of the band featuring Nick Mulvey. EP2 features bonus tracks that didn't make it onto their 2012 self-titled release. Check out an alternate cut of "Line" from the EP1 after the jump.
If you haven't yet noticed, Portico Quartet have a new album of live recordings and remixes out aptly titled Live/Remix on Real World Records that you should definitely get if you don't know already. It's a very cool album, full of electric, improvisational energy and forward thinking. Watch a video of the group performing "Line" and "Rubidium" live at Koko in London after the jump for extra motivation.
One of our favorite albums of last year, Portico Quartet's self-titled album, is getting the remix treatment. This year, the group will release Live/Remix which obviously enough will feature live renditions of last year's album along with tracks from their previous album, Isla. The remix portion will include reworkings from the likes of Will Ward, Capac, Scratcha DVA, and others. For example, check out SBTRKT's remix of "Line" after the jump and make sure to cop Live/Remix when it drops March 25th.
BBC 6 Radio had a week of live shows at the Maida Vale studios last week. Among those who performed at the historic site was the Portico Quartet who impressed the live audience and the world over with selections from their latest self-titled album which released at the start of this year on Gilles Peterson Worldwide. The whole three hour show is a banger, as usual for GP, but you should definitely listen to Portico's set before it vanishes this coming Saturday.