Unjustly Obscure Albums – Vol. 11

Knee-Deep in the North Sea by Portico Quarter (2007)

“On its debut album, Knee-Deep in the North Sea, Mercury Prize-nominated combo the Portico Quartet delivers an unusually meditative brand of world music-influenced jazz that matches a minimalist classical music vibe with a pop/jam band-informed compositional sense. Centered on repeated figures played on the hang (a type of steel drum) and soprano saxophonist Jack Wylie’s Wayne Shorter-esque improvisational explorations, Portico Quartet’s music should appeal to fans of Weather Report and the Dave Matthews Band alike.” – AllMusic Review by Pemberton Roach

This record has a distinctive sound that elicits the sensations of a wintry afternoon spent beside a washed out seascape. A remarkable brand of January jazz.

The Hip List: 17 of ’17


Shake yo hips for the ’17 hip list. An eclectic mix. The dopest jams of the year.

“oh baby” LCD SoundsystemAmerican Dream

“Aquarian” Grizzly BearPainted Ruins

“My Old Man” Mac DeMarcoThis Old Dog

“One of These Days” BedouineBedouine

“Follow the Leader” FoxygenHang

“Man of War” RadioheadOK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017

“Crumbling Castle” King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardPolygondwanaland

“Tezeta” King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Mild High ClubSketches of Brunswick East

“Look at What the Light Did Now” Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. WhiteGentlewoman, Ruby Man

Third of May / Ōdaigahara” Fleet FoxesCrack-Up


“Love Is Love” WoodsLove Is Love – Single

“Malibu Man” Dan AuerbachWaiting on a Song

“Running Away” VulfpeckMr. Finish Line

“Alrighty Aphrodite” Peach PitBeing So Normal

“Habbie Doobie” The Texas GentlemenTX Jelly

“Lunar Days” The ClienteleMusic for the Age of Miracles