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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Listen to sample tracks and find out more about the 34 albums now available in the Gold Series here.
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)
"The Ballad Of Boogie Christ, a true masterpiece…Arthur’s most ambitious and focused work in over a decade." - Antiquiet.com
"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)
Continuing with the new series of digital compilations, five great masters transport us to the ancient culture of India, with seven carefully chosen pieces recorded in outstanding quality. Real World: Indian Classical is available from our online store in 320kps MP3 and Apple Lossless.
From Amjad Ali Khan, the undisputed master of the sarod, to the great Pandit Shiv Kuma Sharma, the virtuoso of the santoor, with an exquisite evening raga of serene and delicate beauty, and following in his footsteps, his brilliant son Rahul Sharma. Child prodigy of Karnatak music U Srinivas brings the mandolin, little known in India, into the classical tradition with his fiery energetic finger-picking style. The late Gopal Shankar Misra showcases the vichitra veena with lyrical seductive genius.
Buy Real World: Indian Classical from our online store
Listen to our Indian Classical playlist on YouTube
"Indian classical music is a timeless art. It knows no age, it has no yesterdays or tomorrows, just as there are no old rivers, no old seas, nor an old wind." Raghava R Menon
Watch Joseph Arthur (and the largest mural he’s ever painted) on the Late Show with David Letterman!
“The Ballad of Boogie Christ, really? Are you kidding me? Is that it?” - Letterman
The second release in our new series of digital compilations is Film & TV 1.
Real World music has featured in many major movies and television programs - these are some of the highlights.
We’ve opened Series 1 of The Wire with The Blind Boys of Alabama's version of 'Way Down In The Hole'. We've played out over a mid-season finale of Grey's Anatomy with Charlie Winston's poignant 'She Went Quietly'. Joi's 'Fingers' was chosen to capture the cosmopolitan vibe of New York in Sex And The City. Very recently, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Michael Brook’s ‘Night Song’ featured in Kathryn Bigelow’s film Zero Dark Thirty. Ayub Ogada's heart-breakingly lovely 'Kothbiro' played over the closing credits of 2005's The Constant Gardener, while Jocelyn Pook's 'Dionysus' had a powerful presence in Gangs of New York.
Buy ‘Real World: Film & TV 1’ now (320kps MP3 / Apple Lossless)
Thank you for being a valued fan of Real World music. We want to introduce you to new sounds from around the world and discover more from our back catalogue. As a gift to Real World Store account holders, we have dropped a selection of tracks into your Real World library. You can access the compilation through your account. It’ll be waiting for you to download until 24th July. Happy listening.
If you’re not already an account holder, sign up here. Look out for more free tracks in the future.
Entry to the gig will be free and you will be able to obtain a wristband from Monday 22nd July from Rough Trade East. There will also be a Rough Trade Exclusive EP on sale, available for pre-order now.
Any remaining wristbands will be given out 1 hour prior to the stage time.
The beautiful, vaulted, gothic space of Islington’s Union Chapel was the perfect atmospheric venue for the UK launch of The Gloaming, performing music from their forthcoming album to be released in October.
The uncomfortable term ‘supergroup’ can be disappointing, but Wednesday evening’s performance went beyond all expectations. Some of Ireland’s finest players - the legendary Martin Hayes, the young fiddle player Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, sean-nos singer Iarla Ó Lionáird met American guitarist Dennis Cahill and New York contemporary classical pianist Thomas Bartlett in a truly unique collaboration. The virtuosity, the energy, the unexpected arrangements and the sheer beauty of the music left the packed venue jumping to a standing ovation.
"Hearing Ó Lionaird’s wonderfully rich timbre filling every last corner of the Union Chapel was one of the musical highlights of the year" (The Arts Desk)
"…it’s a truly dazzling show, where extraordinary musicianship meets with old Gaelic numbers … delivered with a contemporary twist." (The Irish Post - 5 stars)