Watch a series of clips from the night, starting off with a performance of ‘Steepless’ featuring the magnificent Swedish songstress Cornelia.
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.
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
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
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…
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.
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.
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).
Syriana ‘The Road To Damascus' (Available for the first time in the US)
“Atmospheric and menacing” Uncut (UK)
Imagine ancient Middle Eastern culture blending with surf guitars, spy novels and Cold War iconography, with an array of diverse instruments. The Road To Damascus is produced by Nick “Dubulah” Page (Dub Colossus, TransGlobal Underground) and features Syrian qanun virtuoso Abdullah Chhadeh & accordionist Mazin Abu Sayf; Egyptian percussionist Sherif Ibrahim; Palestinian singer/oud player Nizar Al-Issa, and Irish double-bassist Bernard O'Neill. Time was spent in Damascus to record strings and the stunning soprano, Lubana Al Quntur.
Samuel Yirga ‘Hagere’ (4 track digital EP)
Ethiopia’s most promising young pianist, described by the LA Times as sitting “… somewhere in that fertile ground where jazz mingles with R&B and funk to create soulful beauty. … perfect for those interested in hearing an eloquent young voice express new ideas on the piano.”
Two more albums added to the Real World Gold Series…
Sheila Chandra ‘Weaving My Ancestors’ Voices’
“…a breathtaking tapestry of uncommon beauty.” Chicago Tribune
With this 1992 classic, the great singer explored the music of her spiritual ancestors, drawing upon South Indian, Celtic, Spanish and Muslim influences. Musical backing is minimal, allowing the vocals to rise and fall, soar and dip.
Adrian Sherwood ‘Never Trust A Hippy’
“It’s my own version of a kind of world music-sci-fi-dub-dancehall record.” Adrian Sherwood
Sherwood’s solo debut, featuring production maestros Sly & Robbie, young Jamaican dancehall musicians Bubblers, Jazzwad and Lenky, Indian singer Hari Haran, On-U artists Ghetto Priest and Mark Stewart, and legendary guitarist Skip “Little Axe” McDonald.
The futurist soundscapes of the Portico Quartet’s electro-acoustic world filled London’s Koko last night. They were launching their new double album Live/Remix to a packed audience. In a live context the beautiful cinematic sounds are delivered with a driving, powerful punch - it wasn’t just a gig but an enveloping immersive event.
Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara, known collectively as JuJu, together with their explosive rhythm section of Billy Fuller and Dave Smith have just returned from a tour of Singapore , Australia and New Zealand as part of Robert Plant’s new Sensational Space Shifters band. Wowing audiences of up to 20,000 with their futuristic take on Afro-Trance blues, the band are currently unveiling dates for a U.S. tour with Plant in June and July. Juldeh’s spotlight moments have become highlights of the show, and Robert Plant himself has been in unbelievable form, his voice steering the band to new psychedelic heights.
The press reaction has been outstanding:
The New Zealand Herald on April 12th said: ’Plant and his guitar-powered band restructured Led Zep songs with unpredictable dynamics and arrangements, throwing in everything from swirling synthesizers to the traditional instruments played by Gambian musician Juldeh Camara, who helped drag many of those blues-derived riffs back to the sub-Sahara. ’
This was the response from Canberra Times on March 30th: ‘What’s going on is further proof that Plant is far more imaginative, playful and adventurous than any cliche of a clumping old rocker, a man who’s absorbed all the music he’s loved and played and sought out the musicians to explore that. For a start he has a band capable of power when needed but the flexibility and talent to glide from African rhythms to Arabic shapes to Moog-enhanced electronica and down into the blues via American roots. Bassplayer Billy Fuller, drummer Dave Smith, keyboardist and sound manipulator John Baggott and lead guitarist Skin Tyson offer all that and more, superbly. Then there’s the extra colourings added by guitarist/producer Justin Adams, whose knowledge of African music is immeasurable, and Gambian Juldeh Camara, mostly on the bowed, two-stringed riti and occasionally on keening vocals.’
It was with great sadness that Real World Records learned of the death of Phil Ramone; and with great happiness the memories of his trip to Real World Studios in the summer of 1991.
We were delighted when the pioneering producer, famous for his work with artists such as Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, Paul Simon and Ray Charles (to name but a few), took up our invitation to work with traditional Colombian artist Totó la Momposina.
Phil arrived at the 1991 Real World Recording Week and was plunged into a world of powerful, driving folk music from the Atlantic region of Colombia lead by the vivacious and charismatic singer Totó. This was not the conventional recording situation Phil would have been used to and yet in a matter of days he had brought his outstanding skills of production to three songs, on what would become the album ’La Candela Viva’. He understood immediately Totó’s significance as an artist: “Totó, in herself, is so strong spiritually and mentally. She gives you tremendous vibes of affection and love. Then you see a chemistry between the musicians: there is an intimacy that goes on in their eyes. Somehow something happens, seemingly unrehearsed, where a smile comes out of one of them and then the next, and a pattern develops. I suspect there is a great depth in what they’re communicating.”