Vibrant and essential

With their debut, ‘Knee-deep In The North Sea’, garnering them a Mercury Music Prize nomination in the year Elbow won, Portico Quartet have returned and further up their game with ‘Isla’, recorded at Abbey Road with producer John Leckie.

With a sound centred around a tunable percussion instrument called a hang (think mellow steel drum), skittering jazz drums, saxophone and loops, the quartet, who live Monkees-like in a shared house in East London, serve up a fresh vision of jazz, drawing sounds from across the globe.

Don’t think you’re being smart by reading this as world jazz, this is something much more vibrant and essential than that kind of tag allows.


Words by Nick Annan

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