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Joseph Arthur - The Ballad of Boogie Christ Acts 1 & 2


We are delighted that Joseph Arthur will be returning to Real World Records to release his new album The Ballad of Boogie Christ Acts 1 & 2

The double album, Acts 1 & 2, will be released on CD and digital on 9th September.  If you can’t wait until then, Act 1 is available digitally now

Pre order Acts 1 & 2 below:

iTunes / Real World

Published 11th Jun 2013, 2:07pm 2 notes on Tumblr »

The Gloaming's Debut Album

We are delighted to announce the release of The Gloaming’s debut album on Real World (Autumn 2013)

The group of extraordinary virtuoso musicians carve new paths, connecting the rich Irish folk tradition and the New York contemporary music scene. From haunting sean-nós songs to raucous folk explosions, they make music that is both ancient and utterly new. Featuring New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill, fiddle master Martin Hayes, hardanger innovator Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh and Irish singer Iarla Ó Lionaird – well known for his contribution to the legendary Afro Celt Sound System.


In their much-anticipated UK premier The Gloaming will perform at Union Chapel, London N1, Wed 19 June, 19:30. Followed by Premiers in Holland at The BimHuis, Amsterdam on Thurs 20 June and Paris for the Cite De La Musique Festival at Centre Culturel Irlandais Fri 21 June

 Moves the music of Ireland in captivating new directions.” The New Yorker Magazine

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Published 7th Jun 2013, 8:03am »

A Samuel Yirga short film for Channel 4's Random Acts


On a recent trip to Ethiopia, Mango Films had the chance to film a few Random Acts for Channel 4. Producer Christopher Pencakowski and director Henrique Goldman are both great fans of Samuel Yirga’s music and they where delighted to be able to collaborate with him on this episode.

The idea was simple. Get a piano in the middle of the busiest street in Addis Ababa and invite Samuel to play a spontaneous performance for the city.

On the first attempt the team faced a city-wide power cut and by the time a new location was found near a generator the beautiful evening light had faded.


Two days later they were ready to try again. Of all places the local bank agreed to hook up some power for the piano and speakers - such is the way thing go in swinging Addis. Finally, just after 3pm, with kids let out from school and the afternoon sun shining bright, Samuel began to play.

“This never happens in Addis” says Samuel, who has done similar spontaneous performances in London and elsewhere but never in his native Addis. “This is much different from an audience in an auditorium or club and I think it’s a bit scary, but when I get into the music I don’t think it will be”.

The crowd that grew around Samuel’s piano where totally mesmerized and delighted by his playing. People leaned out of bus windows and street vendors took time out of their day to take in the moment. It was a wonderful treat.

Samuel performed Ambassel In Box Revisited. The short film will air next Tues night/Weds morning at 00:05 (BST) on Channel 4.

Find out more about Samuel Yirga

Goto the Channel 4: Random Act website

Published 29th May 2013, 12:44pm 3 notes on Tumblr »

Pina - The Work Room Sessions - Out Now

Rock singer/songwriter Pina was described on her debut album release as ‘musical magic’ by Billboard. On this previously-unreleased collection four of her classic songs are given space, openness and sensitivity in an acoustic performance in Real World’s Work Room studio. Her spellbinding husky vocals and smart alt-folk-country style are vividly showcased.

Discover more about 'The Work Room Sessions’

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Published 27th May 2013, 9:50pm »

Portico Quartet Live in the Boiler Room

Portico Quartet recently played a live set as part of Boiler Room’s Red Stripe Make Session 008.  

Watch a series of clips from the night, starting off with a performance of ‘Steepless’ featuring the magnificent Swedish songstress Cornelia.

Buy the new album 'Live/Remix’ now

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Published 16th May 2013, 12:12pm »

Special Offer on Dub Colossus’s award-winning album, ‘Dub Me Tender’

Dub Colossus’s recent album Dub Me Tender was the worthy winner of the Songlines Music Award for Cross-Cultural Collaboration. To celebrate, we are giving away three bonus tracks with every new purchase of the album from the newly launched Real World Store

As a big thank you to those who have already supported Dub Colossus and bought Dub Me Tender from our Store, these bonus tracks will automatically appear in your Real World digital library

Bonus tracks must be downloaded by close of offer on 13th June 

“Has the woozy, vertiginous vibe of an authentic Jamaican dub mix of the mid 70s, but also the crisp definition one expects today…” Songlines

Published 14th May 2013, 4:30pm »

Joseph Arthur new release on Real World


Joseph Arthur returns to Real World Records to release  'The Ballad of Boogie Christ’ - a new high point in his critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated career that has spanned nine full-length albums and 11 EPs.  Release dates (for the world outside of America/Canada) to be announced shortly for CD, digital and vinyl.  

“‘The Ballad of Boogie Christ’ is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It’s a big production featuring horns and brass and living legends like Garth Hudson, Ben Harper, Jim Keltner, Joan Wasser and many others….It’s a concept album with a story arc about a man falling apart and coming back together in insanity and enlightenment. It’s a psychedelic soul record about redemption and what happens when you find it and lose it.

It all came from words and poems like seeds that bloomed into songs which themselves fathered some of the richest music I’ve made in 17 years of putting together records.  I can’t wait for you to hear it. This is the one I’ve been waiting for years to put out.”  Joseph Arthur

Discover more about Joseph Arthur

Published 9th May 2013, 9:47am »

Portico Quartet's Live/Remix Released In US


Portico Quartet’s new double album Live/Remix is released in the US on the on 7th May.

Live goes right the heart of Portico Quartet’s inimitable electro-acoustic-ambient music, delivered with that extra drive and energy honed over years of performance. Recorded live on tour in 2012. 

Remix features mixes by some of the band’s favourite producers/djs: Will Ward, SBTRKT, Luke Abbott, Scratcha DVA, LV, Capac, Konx-om-Pax and Luca Lozano.

“They’ve developed a textural palette and in the process taken their emotional clout to another level.”  The Guardian

Listen to ‘City Of Glass’ taken from the Live disc…

Buy it now:  Amazon / Real World / iTunes

Published 8th May 2013, 9:51am 1 notes on Tumblr »

John Metcalfe's New Album Released on Society of Sound

Peter Gabriel’s orchestral arranger for Scratch My Back and New Blood has now released his own latest work via B&W’s Society of Sound, where members can download very high, studio quality digital audio.  John Metcalfe’s musical experience ranges from his classical work as viola player and leader of the Duke Quartet, to being part of Durutti Column, as well as orchestral arranger for artists such as Simple Minds, Bat For Lashes, Blur - as well as Peter.  The new release ‘The Appearance of Colour’ features musical collaborations with pianist Tom Cawley, The Carducci Quartet and renown cellist Matthew Barley.  It is a beautiful new work where intimate modern chamber music touches elements of electronics.  

View this release on the Society of Sound

John Metcalfe has curated the Monomedia concert series at Kings Place in London.  He and his band, with special guests, are performing as part of the concert series on Saturday 11 May.

Book tickets now

Published 29th Apr 2013, 5:46pm 1 notes on Tumblr »

Dub Colossus - Winner of a Songlines Music Award 2013

We are delighted to announce that Dub Colossus have won in the Cross-cultural Collaboration category in this year’s Songlines Music Awards.

From over 600 albums to a shortlist of 16, Dub Me Tender Vol 1 & 2 is a very well-deserved win. Congratulations to Nick Page (producer/multi-instrumentalist), Tsedenia Gebremarkos and Sintayehu ‘Mimi’ Zenebe (vocals), Samuel Yirga (piano), Feleke Hailu (saxophone) and Teremage Woretaw (mesenqo/vocals).

More about Dub Colossus

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Published 25th Apr 2013, 3:38pm »

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