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Portico Quartet is the third studio album by the British group Portico Quartet, released in January 2012.

Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz[1]
BBC Music Magazine[2]
Crack Magazine19/20[3]
DJ Mag8.5/10[4]
Drowned in Sound[6]
The Guardian[7]
Written in Music[10]


Portico Quartet is Portico Quartet's third studio album. The album saw a notable development in style, incorporating significant use of electronics and looping compared to the acoustic sound of their first two albums Knee-Deep in the North Sea and Isla.

The group had already been exploring use of electronics, live samples and looping when touring their second album Isla in 2010.[11] This was accelerated when founding member Nick Mulvey left in 2011 to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter.[12] Without their main hang player, the group turned to sampling the hang, as well as using a hybrid mix of electronic and acoustic drums, and electronically treated and looped bowed bass and saxophone lines.

The drummer, Duncan Bellamy, explained the new approach for the track Laker Boo in a contemporary interview:

“The twinkly loop that starts it is actually the hang on the loop station but pitched up a couple of octaves and then I pitched the hang down two octaves so the bass notes on that tune are the hang as well. Then Milo is bowing the bass and I was playing the bass drum and the hi hat - then Jack was playing all the samples on the keyboard - because we are now looking for ways to not always have the saxophone, or the sound of the hang, but it's still in there - and that really felt like a breakthrough.”[13]

The artwork and design for the album was done by the drummer Duncan Bellamy, who has a degree in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins.

Critical reception

Portico Quartet received widespread critical acclaim upon its release. In the UK it charted at #98 the week after its release.[14]

Many reviewers heralded the album's mix of electronic and acoustic sounds, and its use of texture. Music OMH highlighted how it managed to “amalgamate arrangements of modern and traditional instruments to devastating, hypnotic effect”[15] and All About Jazz praised the “greatly expanded sonic palette and stylistic purview”.[16] DIY Magazine called it “one of the first truly remarkable records of 2012…an album which grabs the zeitgeist but still stays true to its roots: callipygously shuffling, painlessly seguing, mingling the darkest rags ‘n’ bones of dubstep, d ‘n’b and off-kilter jazz, all the while interweaving heck loads of new-found textures and electronics. It’s a forward-thinking game-change which feels rich, warm and – quite simply – astounding”.[17]

Other reviewers highlighted the album's production. Crack Magazine said that “Portico Quartet's subtle musical intricacies combined with production values heralding unrivalled clarity have been meshed in a very modern way to create an album of wonderful proportions and balanced minimalism. Stunning.”[18]

The inclusion of a track with vocals - for the first time ever on a Portico Quartet album - divided opinion, however. The Guardian called it “the best track…a triumph”,[19] while Music OMH thought it was “jarring”.[20]

The album came 3rd in Crack Magazine's top 100 albums of 2012 who commented that it was “a glorious success in changing direction…less focused on the hang-drum that defined previous releases, the minimal sparse approach and killer production quality left an indelible mark on our listening.”[21]

Track listing

All songs composed, arranged and performed by Portico Quartet.

  1. Window Seat - 3:18
  2. Ruins - 5:34
  3. Spinner - 4:39
  4. Rubidium - 8:44
  5. Export to Hot Climates - 1:08
  6. Laker Boo - 7:51
  7. Steepless ft. Cornelia - 3:57
  8. 4096 Colours - 4:35
  9. City of Glass - 6:36
  10. Trace - 1:53

EP02 Portico Quartet

A separate 2012 EP collected together bonus tracks and outtakes from the Portico Quartet sessions.

  1. Coy Carp - 5:24
  2. Sock Puppets - 5:47
  3. VTOL - 2:31
  4. Steepless ft. Cornelia (Remix) - 2:02
  5. Train to Montauk - 6:16


  • Jack Wyllie - Saxophones, electronics, piano, synth
  • Duncan Bellamy - Drums, electronics, vocals
  • Milo Fitzpatrick - Double bass, electronics
  • Keir Vine - Hang, synth
  • Produced by Portico Quartet.
  • Engineered by Greg Freeman. Mixed by Greg Freeman and Portico Quartet.
  • Mastered by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon.
  • Artwork and design by Duncan Bellamy.


  1. ^ "Portico Quartet: Portico Quartet". All About Jazz. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Portico Quartet album review". BBC. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet". Crack Magazine. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Portico Quartet". DJ Mag. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet". DIY. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Portico Quartet Portico Quartet". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on 20 August 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Portico Quartet: Portico Quartet - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Portico Quartet Portico Quartet". Mojo. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet". MusicOMH. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet". Written in Music. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  11. ^ Jazz, All About. "Portico Quartet: Montreal, Canada, October 2, 2010". All About Jazz. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  12. ^ Lamont, Tom (10 May 2014). "Nick Mulvey interview – 'My aim is to appeal to your subconscious first'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Portico Quartet » Real World Records - World music label". realworldrecords.com. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  14. ^ "PORTICO QUARTET | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Portico Quartet – Portico Quartet | Album Reviews | musicOMH". www.musicomh.com. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  16. ^ Jazz, All About. "Portico Quartet: Portico Quartet: Portico Quartet". All About Jazz. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  17. ^ "DIY". DIY. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  18. ^ "Portico Quartet » Real World Records - World music label". realworldrecords.com. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  19. ^ Fordham, John (2 February 2012). "Portico Quartet: Portico Quartet – review". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Portico Quartet – Portico Quartet | Album Reviews | musicOMH". www.musicomh.com. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  21. ^ "THE TOP 100 ALBUMS OF 2012: 10-1 | Crack Magazine". Crack Magazine. Retrieved 19 August 2017.


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Portico Quartet (2014–2017 Portico) ist eine britische Band, die Jazz mit elektronischer Musik verbindet.


Portico Quartet wurde 2005 in London gegründet.[1] Am Anfang der Bandgeschichte kombinierte sie Elemente des Contemporary Jazz, ethnischer Musik (vor allem durch den Einsatz eines Hangs) und des Minimalismus. Für ihr Debütalbum Knee-Deep in the North Sea wurde die Band 2008 für den Mercury Music Prize nominiert.

2011 verließ Gründungsmitglied Nick Mulvey die Band. 2013 verließ auch sein Nachfolger Keir Vine die Band, womit sie ihr damaliges Wahrzeichen verlor – das Hang. Der Bandname wurde kurz darauf in Portico geändert und das Trio unterschrieb einen Vertrag beim renommierten Independent-Label Ninja Tune. Ihre Musik, die bereits in der Vergangenheit zusehends elektronischer wurde, unterscheidet sich nun auf dem ersten Ninja-Tune-Album Living Fields deutlich von den Vorgängeralben.[2] Mit dem Album Art in the Age of Automation kehrte die Band zur alten Quartett-Besetzung zurück; auch ihre Musik näherte sich wieder dem Klang der ersten Alben.


  • 2007: Knee-Deep in the North Sea (Real World Records)
  • 2010: Isla (Real World Records)
  • 2012: Portico Quartet (Real World Records)
  • 2013: Live/Remix (Real World Records)
  • 2015: Living Fields (als Portico; Ninja Tune)
  • 2017: Art in the Age of Automation (Gondwana)
  • 2018: Untitled (AITAOA #2) (Gondwana)
  • 2019: Memory Streams (Gondwana)
  • 2021: Terrain (Gondwana)
  • 2021: Monument (Gondwana)



  1. Portico Quartet biography. AllMusic, abgerufen am 16. Februar 2015 (englisch).
  2. Living Fields / Portico. Ninja Tune, abgerufen am 16. Februar 2015 (englisch).

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