Latest news Podcast 25: Spiro

Episode 25 of's weekly series of podcasts, produced and hosted by award-winning broadcaster Trevor Dann, is available now for free streaming and download through iTunes and SoundCloud.

Genre-defying Bristol band Spiro join Trevor Dann in the studio to talk about their latest album Kaleidophonica (Real World) before they set off on tour. Featuring tracks from the new release, Spiro discuss their complex instrumental arrangements and the thrill of performing live.

Published 5th Mar 2012, 11:24am »

Portico Quartet - UK Tour Continues

Following sell out dates in London (York Hall) and Brighton (Komedia) Portico Quartet take their new sound out live. If you missed these outstanding shows there is still time to catch them in the UK elsewhere.

The Guardian
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"…pulsing anthems such as City of Glass and Laker Boo - means Portico Quartet stake claims to territory occupied by Radiohead,Cinematic Orchestra and Efterklang."

The Telegraph
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"Cinematic, ambient, funky, impressionistic, eerie... All of these terms and more can be applied to Portico Quartet's music, where acoustic instruments and increasingly capable technology blend to create almost infinite hybrids and variations.
... Where on earth will they go next?"

Stool Pigeon
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"It's a faultless set: a proficient expansion of the group's recent studio work. Portico Quartet aren't just knocking on the door of experimental dance music, they are leading it in new and exciting directions."

Clash Music
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"Glorious... awe-inspiring... Portico Quartet is a band striding out from the underground on their terms, and the admiration awaiting them is there for all to see."

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Published 2nd Mar 2012, 4:54pm »

New Portico Quartet single out now

Portico Quartet's new single from their recently released self-titled album is out now.

The single features two heavy-weighted club tracks from LV (Hyperdub, Hemlock) and Will Ward (Circle Traps).

Portico Quartet - Window Seat (Will Ward / Circle Traps Remix) by Portico Quartet

Portico Quartet - City of Glass (LV Remix) by Portico Quartet
Published 29th Feb 2012, 11:34am »

Charlie Winston's 'Running Still' released in Germany Today

Charlie Winston fans in Germany can now purchase Charlie's second album 'Running Still'. Watch a recent interview with Charlie talking about the album on TV Total's website.

Charlie is currently on a major European tour. You can see a full list of dates where he is playing and book ticket from the link below.

Published 24th Feb 2012, 11:13am »

Stream Dub Colossus' album 'Addis Through The Looking Glass' in full

You can now stream Dub Colossus' 2011 album 'Addis Through The Looking Glass' in full on the Real World Records SoundCloud.

'Addis Through The Looking Glass' + 'In a Town Called Addis' are currently on offer in our shop. For a limited time you are able to purchase both CDs for £10 (inc. delivery).

Published 23rd Feb 2012, 1:06pm »

Spiro's album launch at Rise in Bristol

Spiro gave a dazzling performance last night to a delighted crowd as part of their album launch at Rise in Bristol.

The performance was followed by some hard earned celebratory drinks in a neighbouring pub.

Published 21st Feb 2012, 4:39pm »

Spiro - Kaleidophonica released today

"...the Reichian shimmering pulse is still at the heart of Spiro's finely-machined modernist version of folk music."

The Financial Times

"Spiro are that rarity: true English originals."

The Guardian

""The mesmeric result is cinematic, breathtaking and beautiful... they evoke a beautiful melancholy that is traditionally English and yet wholly of the now. Folk has never sounded so relevant.""


Published 20th Feb 2012, 11:20am »

Portico Quartet : Remix Single Release 28 February

Portico Quartet's second single from their recently released self-titled album, features mixes of two standout tracks, with close associate Will Ward (of Portico Quartet side project Circle Traps) reworking the enigmatic Window Seat and the renowned remixers and Hyperdub recording artists LV (who also remixed the band's breakthrough track Cittagazze back in 2008) bringing their very own brand of dance floor magic to the anthemic City Of Glass.

"Effortlessly minimal…achingly haunting and beautiful… Groundbreaking… Stunning." 19/20 (Crack Magazine)
"...soundscapes run the gamut from ECM-ish ambient to the heavy-duty electronica of Aphex Twin or Flying Lotus" (Uncut)

Published 17th Feb 2012, 12:41pm »

Kaleidophonica: The new album from Spiro (full track samples + pre order)

Listen to four new tracks from Spiro's new album Kaleidophonica, out on Monday 20th Feb in Europe.

According to Songlines magazine Spiro "… evoke a beautiful melancholy that is traditionally English and yet wholly of the now."

Kaleidophonica has been described by fRoots as "… breathless stuff, genuinely unlike anything else, and exciting, rewarding and gorgeous in equal measure."

Spiro will launch their new album with a special instore performance on 20th Feb at Rise, Bristol, 6pm FREE ADMISSION. Let us know you are attending here.

Spiro are touring the UK in March. See a full list of dates and book tickets here.

Published 13th Feb 2012, 2:32pm »

Spiro Free Track Giveaway 'The City and the Stars'

Spiro's sound is sweeping, majestic and cinematic - essentially English acoustic music, beautiful and brilliant.

The City and the Stars is taken from Spiro's new album Kaleidophonica. The track is intensely visual and meticulously played, painting a picture of the metropolis at night.

"It's all breathless stuff, genuinely unlike anything else, and exciting, rewarding and gorgeous in equal measure." fRoots

Published 8th Feb 2012, 7:06am »

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