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.
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".
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.
Taken from the forthcoming self-titled album on Real World Records, Loney dear's 'Lilies' is now available to stream and download. The track features fellow Swedish indie artist Jay-Jay Johanson.
"I'm not sure how I came to think of it, but I realised I really wanted Jay-Jay to sing the second chorus of Lilies, and when it was just a few days til the album master deadline I sent him the song. Also appearing is the sensitively fantastic vocalist S Carey singing lush backing vocals. I wish we had done collaborations on this song and the album, but the future is still wide open." ~ Emil
Real World Records was very sad to hear of the death of Salah Dawson Miller. Dawson, on the right, performed with JuJu's Justin Adams and Juldeh on the Real World album Tell No Lies. Of his long time friend and early mentor Justin Adams says:
"When I was gigging as part of a trio with Juldeh Camara and Salah Dawson Miller, people often asked me about the mysterious wizard on percussion onstage with us. Salah, or Dawson as I originally knew him, cut a regal and enigmatic figure onstage, with his customised percussion instruments, otherworldly outfits and his touch, so particular, never bombastic, always supple and melodious… Dawson's overview of music showed connections that encompassed the whole world, from the point of view of someone who had physically internalised the "claves" or rhythmic keys unlocking the pulse of so many African or Asian derived musics. His travels in Brazil, Cuba and Algeria, as well as his life in multi-cultural London, gratefully accepting lessons from great African, Arab and Latin American musicians there, imbued him with a passionate love of cultures where music is a communal, dancing experience. Wherever there was rhythmic interest, Dawson was there to investigate; he was one of the founding members of the London School of Samba, and as "Isfahani Mustapha", he was one of the 3 Mustaphas 3, a wild and virtuosic band whose riotous mix of Global styles was ahead of its time"
Salah Dawson Miller, 22 August 1950 - 25 August 2017
'Humbug' is the latest single from Loney dear's new self-titled album, out on 29th September and their first for almost six years.
To complement the release of Humbug, Emil Svanängen and fellow Swedish musician Klabbe Hörngren filmed a beautiful and haunting acoustic piano version at Real World Studios in July.
The official promo video for the album version of 'Humbug' deals with some weighty issues, comprising copyrighted images in a politically-themed response to, amongst other things, an arms trade deal in Sweden.
"It's more of a stream of consciousness, but I like to see how the story becomes visible even through the madness of just following the brain," explains Emil. "I began experimenting with the unreliable narrator, and I really like the tone we created there because it was the first time I was able to convey the feeling of don't trust Emil. I don't want to be the artist that you'd want to buy a car from."
The Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound release this month comes from Mercury Prize-winning rapper Speech Debelle and her third album tantil before i breathe.
The album is an emotionally-crafted independent project that explores her developing self-awareness, healing and liberation. Her own release was accompanied by a digital cookbook and memoir filled with intimate stories documenting the highs and lows of the poetic South London lyricist's journey through life and the music business.
"I've been an open book since the beginning, it made sense to put that into something tangible. I've experienced so much in my career that I wanted to share some of the stories. These are the lessons I've learnt about the business and myself; the journey with the two has been parallel".
This Society of Sound special edition is the pre-mastered audio. Bowers & Wilkins sound engineers described the audio at this state as having "very good sound stage, imaging depth and space, with very good overall spectral balance".
Speech Debelle played a fantastic live set at WOMAD Charlton Park last month, as one of the artists performing on the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System 17 stage.
Today, 16 August 2017, marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, also known as Shahen-Shah-e-Qawwali, 'The Brightest Star in Qawwali'.
Qawwali music is a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia with a tradition which stretches back for hundreds of years. Nusrat was responsible for bringing Qawwali music from Pakistan to the Western world and his collaborations on Real World Records with Michael Brook - 1990's Mustt Mustt and 1996's Night Song - are regarded as modern classics.
There are a total of nine records by Nusrat on Real World Records, including two posthumous releases following his premature death in 1997:
Nusrat's voice and music continue to enrapture and entertain audiences worldwide and his legacy lives on, inspiring artists from all different creative backgrounds. Undoubtedly in recent times Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan through his music was the most significant bearer of the Sufi message of love.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan: 13 October 1948 - 16 August 1997.
Recorded in the Big Room at Real World Studios, The Breath's new EP features acoustic interpretations of four tracks from their debut album Carry Your Kin. Stuart McCallum's stripped back guitar beautifully frames Ríoghnach Connolly's moving vocals - at times heartbreakingly sad, always deeply moving.
Born out of Manchester's fertile music scene, The Breath mix Irish folk influences with mesmerizing guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks. Connolly's soulful vocals are interwoven into the electronic fabric of McCallum's distinctive soundworld. In turns hypnotic, lush, powerfully raw and raucously punchy, their songs entrance, uplift and break your heart as they conjure a kaleidoscope of sound that perfectly frames Connolly's raw songs and soul cleansing vocals.
The band have a handful of live dates coming up over the next couple of months, including a headline show Rich Mix, London.