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Joseph Arthur's song 'Missy Baba' is track of the day on Mojo


Joseph Arthur’s new double album, The Ballad of Boogie Christ Act 1 & 2 (out 9th September), is a new high point in his critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated career. 

Described by Joseph as a record centered on “a fictionalized character loosely based on my own journey”, the album features contributions from Joan As Policewoman, Ben Harper, Jim Keltner and The Band’s Garth Hudson.

Get a first listen to the exuberant Missy Baba, featured on ‘Act 2’ of The Ballad of Boogie Christ over on Mojo’s site now.

Pre order The Ballad of Boogie Christ Acts 1 & 2 (Out 9th Sep)

Published 21st Aug 2013, 12:48pm 1 notes on Tumblr »

Syriana's 'Al Samah' - combining the best of digital and analogue technology

A new digital EP featuring four tracks currently available only on the limited edition LP A Life In Film. To capture the spirit and atmosphere of the vinyl experience, we have created a special edition digital version: Al Samah

Inspired by the beautiful old gramophones and stacks of LPs they came across in the souks of Damascus when recording their 2010 album, The Road To DamascusSyriana were keen to explore the vinyl approach with their otherworldly mix of Arabic and Western music.

The transfer from vinyl to digital was made at Real World Studios by playing the LP on a high quality turntable, using the best analogue to digital converter available. Calibrated and tested, no edits or cleaning were applied; it’s the true vinyl experience – the odd pop and click included!

Buy Al Samah  /  Find out more

Published 19th Aug 2013, 2:24pm »

Portico Quartet 'Live / Remix' Vinyl

Following the digital/CD release of Live / Remix the vinyl LP will shortly be available. The double album features selected tracks from Live / Remix with an MP3 download code for all tracks on the original release. Mastered by John Dent at Loud and on heavy-weight 180g black vinyl. Packaged in a single sleeve with specially-designed artwork unique to the LP by Duncan Bellamy. 

Pre order now / Listen to samples 

Shipping date early September 
(Check the album page for updates)

Published 7th Aug 2013, 5:29pm »

Joseph Arthur announces European Tour Autumn 2013


Returning to perform in Europe, Joseph Arthur celebrates the release of The Ballad of Boogie Christ Acts 1 and 2 with a series of live dates:  "I can’t wait for you to hear it. This is the one I’ve been waiting for years to put out.“ The tour covers the UK, Italy, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Austria and Germany.  The rock/folk/soul visionary brings his extraordinary story of the Boogie Christ from despair to redemption to live audiences.

4th Oct   Alençon   La Luciole, FR
6th Oct   Paradiso   Amsterdam, NL
8th Oct   
Ancienne Belgique   Brussels, BE
9th Oct   
The Musician   Leicester, UK
10th Oct   
The Grain Barge   Bristol, UK
11th Oct   
Heath Street Baptist Church   London, UK
17th Oct   
Théâtre le Rex    Saint Flour, FR
18th Oct   
Festival de la Guitare   Montpellier, FR
19th Oct   
Le Poste à Galène   Marseille, FR
22nd Oct   
Bogen F   Zurich, CH
24th Oct   
Conrad Sohm   Dornbirn, AT
26th Oct   
Porgy & Bess   Vienna, AT
27th Oct   
Treibhaus   Innsbruck, AT
30th Oct   S.Benedetto del Tronto   Teatro, IT
31st Oct   Teatro Comunale   Fontanellato, IT
1st Nov   
Latteria Molloy   Brescia, IT
4th Nov   
Mousonturm   Frankfurt, DE
5th Nov   
PrivateClub    Berlin, DE
6th Nov   
UT Connewitz   Leipzig, DE
7th Nov   
Scheune   Dresden, DE
8th Nov   
SteinbruchDuisburg, DE
9th Nov   Gleis22   Münster, DE

Check out the latest dates, more to be added

Published 5th Aug 2013, 5:34pm 2 notes on Tumblr »

Portico Quartet: Archive recordings from early in the band's career


Portico Quartet’s critically acclaimed self-titled third album saw the band branch out into new sonic territories.  Their new, richly layered sound brought elements of the recording studio into the live environment. 

Alongside this 2012 release came a selection of bonus studio tracks, some of which only just missed making the final album.  Four of these tracks saw a limited edition release in the form of a Rough Trade EP, however it is only that they are being made available to purchase via CD & Digital from the Real World Store

EP2 contains the brilliantly atmospheric Vtol, the band’s alternate take on Steepless Ft. Swedish songstress Cornelia’ and Coy Carp, Sock Puppets & Train to Mountauk - either of which could have arguably been a key track on the album had they have made the final track listing.  

Real World Store (CD / Digital)


Also available from today…

EP1 a classic early recording from May 2009 with the original line up including Nick Mulvey.  The lush delicate tone of opening of The Full Catastrophe underpinned by Milo’s beautiful string quartet arrangement; the ever brilliant meditation of Line; the driving, jumping Cap Gun and concluding with the winding journey through Su-Bo’s Mental Meltdown.

Real World Store (CD / Digital)

Published 5th Aug 2013, 11:15am 1 notes on Tumblr »

WOMAD competition winners


We were delighted at the enthusiastic response from this summer’s WOMAD festival goers at Charlton Park to the Real World sign up and competition.

Lots of new fans now have their own Real World digital library and will hear first about special offers from our store.

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition.  There were two lucky winners who will have a fantastic pair of Bowers and Wilkins P3 portable headphones winging their way to them.  Congratulations to Molly and Jonathan!

If you missed the WOMAD festival offer, you can still sign up for a Real World Store account.

Published 2nd Aug 2013, 6:11pm »

WOMAD 2013 Playlist


We curated a playlist of recommended artists that performed this weekend at WOMAD Charlton Park.  The playlist included Joseph Arthur, The Malawi Mouse Boys, Gilberto Gil & many more.

Beat those post WOMAD blues by listening to it on Spotify now.

Published 31st Jul 2013, 4:45pm 1 notes on Tumblr »

Joseph Arthur shines in the UK



We had a tantalising glimpse of things to come this autumn when American singer songwriter Joseph Arthur flew in for a whistle stop visit. Two great performances in London on Thursday were capped off with a blinding set at the WOMAD Festival on Friday.

Joseph was in the UK promoting the launch of his new album The Ballad Of Boogie Christ acts 1 & 2 which is set for release on 9th September (outside of the US).  In case you missed him this time round, he’ll be back this October for a more extensive European tour with live dates spanning across UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Austria and Italy.

Act 1 is available for download now

Pre order The Ballad Of Boogie Christ acts 1 & 2 now


Published 30th Jul 2013, 3:53pm 2 notes on Tumblr »

Real World Gold continues to shine with four Special Editions

Newly enhanced with bonus tracks - some previously unreleased, some remixed, and some drawn from the artists’ work beyond their original recordings for the label.   These four new Gold releases are available as of today form the Real World Store.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Party ‘Love And Devotion' 


Newly re-packaged 2CD coupling of Love Songs and Devotional Songs, these are perfect companion pieces - snapshots of a musical giant at the very height of his considerable powers.

Buy now / Listen to an album sampler

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Michael Brook 'Star Rise' 


Remixed by leading lights of the 90’s Asian Underground - Joi, Talvin Singh, ADF, State of Bengal, Nitin Sawhney & more - plus brand new mix from US DJ Fabian Alsultany. 

Buy now / Listen to an album sampler

Afro Celt Sound System 'Pod’


The still-punchy, still-bold Pod has become a 2CD set, packaged with Release Remixes from Masters At Work, Rae & Christian, Rollo & Sister Bliss, Bi-Polar, Wren & Morley and ACSS.

Buy now / Listen to an album sampler

Jocelyn Pook 'Untold Things' 


The intriguing and ethereal 2001 album from the British composer/pianist/viola player, enhanced by two suitably haunting extra pieces, both voiced by the ever-immaculate Natacha Atlas.

Buy now / Listen to an album sampler

Listen to sample tracks and find out more about the 34 albums now available in the Gold Series here.

Published 29th Jul 2013, 5:32pm »

Joseph Arthur New Album / UK Live Dates


With WOMAD only a few days away, we’re delighted to welcome Joseph Arthur back to the UK to perform at the festival on Friday at 4pm (Charlie Gillett Stage). His new double album, The Ballad of Boogie Christ Acts 1 & 2, will be released September 9th.

If you’re in London, Joseph will be playing two free gigs on Thursday:

25/07 - St Pancras, The Station Sessions @ 5.30pm - More info

25/07 - Rough Trade East @ 7pm - More info  (Wristbands available to collect from today)

A limited edition EP (pictured above), featuring three tracks from the new album, is on sale from today - only at Rough Trade East and at WOMAD

“The Ballad Of Boogie Christ, a true masterpiece…Arthur’s most ambitious and focused work in over a decade.” - 

“Joseph is one of those rare writer-performers where you get the sense, whatever your belief, that something greater is being channeled through his music and voice.” - Michael Stipe (REM)

Pre order The Ballad of Boogie Christ Acts 1 & 2

View all upcoming live dates

Published 22nd Jul 2013, 10:51pm »

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