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Society of Sound: Mammal Hands

The November release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound comes from Mammal Hands. Their captivating, ethereal and majestic album Shadow Work incorporates a disparate array of influences: drawing on spiritual jazz, north Indian, folk and classical music to create something inimitably their own.

The band (saxophonist Jordan Smart, pianist Nick Smart and drummer and percussionist Jesse Barrett) hail from Norwich, one of Britain's most isolated and most easterly cities, and that's perhaps why they have forged their own path away from the musical mainstream to develop a unique sound collaboratively constructed by their powerful group dynamic.

Published 15th Nov, 11:18am »

Totó La Momposina to perform at opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi

Totó La Momposina will be performing as part of the opening week of the new Louvre Abu Dhabi.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is on the shores of Saadiyat Island and the first museum outside of France to be allowed to use the Parisian institution's name.

The new museum opens on 11 November and Totó is one of a select number of artists to be performing as part on the opening week of activity. Her show is on 14 November.

Published 8th Nov, 11:21am »

Les Amazones d'Africa - La Dame et Ses Valises released

To coincide with their November tour dates in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Switzerland an edit version of Les Amazones d'Afrique's La Dame et Ses Valises is now available to stream and download.

A key track on the critically acclaimed République Amazone album it features the vocals of the incomparable Nneka.

See all Les Amazones d'Afrique's November tour dates here

Published 8th Nov, 10:52am »

Hear Syriana discuss the 'Ipiros EP' on Paradigms

Earlier in the year Syriana released the Ipiros EP, a collection of remixes of the track Ipiros, which though originally recorded for The Road to Damascus album had only previously been available as part of the A Life in Film vinyl.

100% of profits from sales of this new EP go towards International Rescue: Greece.

Hear the instigators of Syriana - Nick 'Dubulah' Page and Bernard O'Neill talk more about the Ipiros EP and why they wanted to release it now in this US radio interview with Paradigms

Published 7th Nov, 3:30pm »

Society of Sound: Blue Lab Beats

Blue Lab Beats are NK-OK, aka 18-year-old electronic beats programmer Namali Kwaten, and Mr DM, aka multi-instrumentalist David Mrakpor, 23. A double act with a combined love of hip hop artists J. Dilla, Public Enemy and a Tribe Called Quest; jazz heroes Herbie Hancock and Roy Ayers; soul legends Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield.

They pair fuse minds as well as genres. Their new Society of Sound release, Xover, captures their sultry mish-mash, with its American source and London attitude - the duo neatly side-step the clearance problems that beset so many of their hip hop heroes by cutting up live music made especially for them, effectively sampling themselves.

The album was recorded at Real World Studios.

"We just do what we love doing," says NK-OK of Xover. "Whenever we're together the work flows really fast."

Published 20th Oct, 11:19am »

Loney dear announces UK and Ireland Tour for 2018

Loney dear has just announced a new tour in the UK & Ireland in February 2018. Tickets are now on sale (see below).

Published 5th Oct, 4:15pm »

Loney dear released today

Described this week by the Independent as "an elegant, understated pop masterpiece", the new album by Loney dear is released today.

Self-titled, the album is the first from Emil Svanängen, the artist behind Loney dear, for six years and also his first for Real World Records.

The ten songs display the new found, or perhaps re-found confidence of Svanängen, emboldened and powerful simply by the new music he is making; "I'm moving into a more bold state, I'm confident, powerful, I became a singer, I learned from my darkness and discovered my magnetism."

The album includes the songs Sum, Hulls, Humbug and Lilies, and is available on CD, LP and all streaming / download services.

Published 29th Sep, 11:15am »

Real World music on new BBC2 Series

We're really looking forward to the start of new BBC Two series 'Russia: with Simon Reeve' on Thursday at 9pm, which uses music from quite a few Real World Records artists, including Dimitri Ensemble, Ashkhabad, Severa Nazarkhan, Mamer, and Terem Quartet. Be sure to tune in.

Published 26th Sep, 5:14pm »

Hear Loney dear one week early

The September release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is a sneak preview of the new album by Loney dear.

The album is released commercially for all on Friday 29 September, but as a member of Society of Sound you could grab yourself a download from today.

Loney dear is Swedish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emil Svanängen, a purveyor of elegantly crafted, deeply stirring music, which led The Quietus to describe his work as "…the obsessive work of one man, albeit one that can sing with the vulnerable delicacy of an angel and makes bedroom recordings that sound like God's own orchestra".

Published 21st Sep, 2:15pm »

Joseph Arthur LA residency

Joseph Arthur is currently in Los Angeles working on new material for a brand new album to be released in 2018, but he's also trying out new material (and playing old favourites and rarities) during a residency at Hotel Café.

Joseph plays tonight (20) and next Wednesday 27 September, starting at 8pm.

Published 19th Sep, 4:25pm »

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