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Watch Aurelio's live session for KEXP

Aurelio and his band were recently invited into the KEXP Studio to perform a few songs from his new album Lándini. Watch the full performance, recorded December 30, 2014.

"I consider this album to be the sound of my Garifuna people. On the previous album [Laru Beya] we experimented and collaborated with other artists to reconnect what was lost between Africa and America. This album is purely Garifuna, and the entire spirit of the music reflects the Garifuna experience." - Aurelio

Buy Aurelio's new album "Lándini"

Published 21st Jan, 10:59am »

Society of Sound: Ethan Johns


Ethan began his career under the tutelage of his father, producer Glyn Johns, and since the 90's he has worked as a producer, engineer, mixer, and occasionally touring musician for a number of artists including Ray LaMontagne, Kings of Leon, Joe Cocker, Tom Jones, Emmylou Harris and Laura Marling. In 2012 Johns stepped out from behind the console and released his first solo album.

Live at Kings Place' captures a homecoming show - the culmination of a month of UK touring in support of Johns' second solo album 'The Reckoning' - and was recorded especially for Society of Sound.

"If you put yourself in a position when you're in control of what's going on, then it becomes quite safe. Sometimes you want to go for those definitive versions of songs, but for me at the moment, that's not what I'm going for. It's more about trying to catch a snapshot of a certain period of time."

Ethan Johns 'Live at Kings Place' is now available on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound

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Published 20th Jan, 3:33pm »

Greg Lawson on orchestrating Grit

The opening night of the 2015 Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow - tomorrow, Thursday 15 - features a full orchestration of Martyn Bennett's last album, GRIT, by cross-genre classical violinist Greg Lawson.

The performance entitled 'Nae Regrets' has taken Greg Lawson, a notable musician in his own right and also a friend of Martyn Bennett's, over a year to arrange for a live orchestral performance, but the idea of doing something of this nature had been brewing since before Bennett's untimely death. In a recent interview with The Scotsman newspaper he explained more about his motivation for being involved in the project:

"What happens with albums and iconic people is that you don't interact with them any more. Martyn is like a beautiful mountain that people drive to the foot of and admire, but we don't go up it. The result is that people don't play his music. That was my overwhelming desire: I want to play this piece, I want people to hear this piece and I want it to be a live experience… I talked briefly with him about the idea of my writing his music for orchestra, and he intimated that he was pleased about that, but that I probably wouldn't do as good a job as he would - to which I completely agreed!"

Read the full interview with Greg Lawson in The Scotsman

In addition to the article above you can watch an interview with Greg Lawson, where he talks about the process of orchestrating this new version of GRIT and his memories of Martyn Bennett.

Published 14th Jan, 6:17pm »

Martyn Bennett's GRIT opens Celtic Connections this week

Celtic Connections opens this week with the live world première of Martyn Bennett's final masterpiece Grit.

Grit, originally released in 2003, is widely recognised as a towering landmark in contemporary Scottish music, and this year's festival also coincides with the 10th anniversary of Bennett's untimely passing. The performance - of this almost entirely studio-created album, reconstructed by violinist and composer Greg Lawson for a custom-designed orchestra of folk, jazz and classical players - extends his legacy triumphantly towards the future.

Centred on traditional music's purest primal essence, as distilled into Scottish Gaelic and traveller songs, Grit brought to bear the full visionary sweep of Bennett's genre-transcending artistry and technological wizardry, to both dazzling and inspirational effect. Several years in the writing, Lawson's reimagined version features a cast of around 80 musicians and singers.

"When you enter the landscape of Martyn Bennett's mind," he observes, "It's amazing how many people you need to accomplish what he did by himself."

Published 12th Jan, 1:20pm »

GRIT: The Martyn Bennett Story named

We're delighted that GRIT: The Martyn Bennett Story won 'Event of The Year' at Saturday's MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, that took place in Inverness.
The Martyn Bennett Story is a theatrical exploration of one of Scotland's most innovative and maverick musical visionaries: Real World artist Martyn Bennett. The production was directed by Olivier Award winning theatre director Cora Bissett and written by one of Scotland's brightest writing talents Kieran Hurley.
You can read more about the Trad Awards in this piece from The Scotsman . Well done to everyone involved in the production!

Continuing the GRIT theme, 2015 will be the 10th anniversary of Martyn's untimely passing and with a mixture of celebration and commemoration the opening event at Celtic Connections 2015 will be the live world première of Martyn Bennett's final masterpiece, originally released in 2003, and widely recognised as a towering landmark in contemporary Scottish music. It should prove to be another memorable night.

Published 15th Dec 2014, 4:08pm »

Radiophonic Workshop - Society of Sound release for December

Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is ending the year in some style with a release from the famed musical collective Radiophonic Workshop, best known for defining the use of sound effects and pioneering sound design across popular TV, film and music over the past 50 years.

Having come to recognition as the founding members of the BBC's world famous electronic music department ('BBC Radiophonic Workshop'), the group have been lauded globally for delivering musically progressive and immersive appearances wherever they play.

Society of Sound offered the perfect environment for Radiophonic Workshop to express itself and this recording - made earlier this year at Real World Studios - was created especially for the Society of Sound release.

Dr Dick Mills of Radiophonic Workshop said: "We've been experimenting in the studio, mixing the old techniques with new ones, taking some of the methods we used when the Workshop began in 1956 and mixing them up with the very latest digital technologies. The Workshop took the approach that we didn't know what wasn't possible so we never really saw the boundaries in sound that others did. The producers would ask us to create a certain feel and we would imagine it - by whatever means we could. That has stayed the same and we welcome the freedom to be able to experiment in the studio in that way again."

For the first time, the group's unique form of electronica will be available in high-resolution 24-bit/48kHz studio quality download via Society of Sound - a music subscription download service that offers two hand-picked albums per month, delivered in partnership with Peter Gabriel's Real World and the London Symphony Orchestra.

The album Radiophonic Workshop is available now on Society of Sound.

Published 27th Nov 2014, 3:47pm »

Joi featured on Channel 4's

Dazed have teamed up with Channel 4 for a new series looking at music cults. British Asian Rave aired on Channel 4 last night and celebrates the musical and social phenomenon of the so-called 'Asian Underground', the anthem for many second generation British South Asians during the 1990s as they negotiated their Britishness.

The programme featured the Real World group Joi, whose DJ-led mix of brittle breakbeats and flowing Eastern grooves was at the forefront of the movement. Joi went on to release three albums, 1999's One and One Is One, 2002's We Are Three and 2007's Without Zero. Celebratory and devotional, progressive and respectful, laden with different emotions yet bound by a one-love aesthetic, they stole the hearts of critics, clubbers and exemplary music-lovers alike.

In 1997, Real World commissioned some of the leading lights of the UK's Asian Underground movement to remix and reshape the back catalogue of the late, great Pakistani qawwali singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The compilation features remixes from Joi, Asian Dub Foundation, Nitin Sawhney, State Of Bengal, The Dhol Foundation and others and was recently reissued as part of our Real World Gold series.

Published 27th Nov 2014, 3:47pm »

9Bach - Tinc (out now)

9Bach's TINC EP features four remixes of tracks from Tincian and a live session recording of the track 'Bwthyn Fy Nain' (from their debut self-titled album).

"We really love all these mixes, it's fascinating to see people's interpretation of the songs, and hear them take on another life. We love it that Gruff Rhys chose to remix Asteri Mou - he's a dear friend of ours and it's brill he took the Greek song to the studio and did what he did with it. It's the first time he's done a remix under his own name, rather than as band." - Lisa Jen

Watch the recording of Bwthyn Fy Nain, featured on the EP, recorded live at Real World Studios.

Published 14th Nov 2014, 5:46pm »

Cara Dillon – Society of Sound artist for November

Real World continues to work with Bowers and Wilkins to bring outstanding music for members of Society of Sound.  Presented this month is award-winning Irish singer Cara Dillon with her album A Thousand Hearts.

Produced and arranged by Cara’s husband Sam Lakeman the album features guests including Timothy B Schmit (The Eagles). The songs slip effortlessly between traditional ballads, Americana and folk.  Cara’s exquisite crystalline voice carries both beauty and poignancy - she is one of the most superlative singers of her generation.  

This is the opportunity to own this music in the best quality possible, audio at studio standard not heard before:  

"We had both 16bit/44.1 and 24bit/96 masters done with each being approached from a differing objective. To me there’s no comparison, the Hi-Res masters were given far more room to breath, have much greater detail and the dynamic is far greater.” - Sam Lakeman

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Published 14th Nov 2014, 5:50pm »

The 29th Annual fRoots Critics Poll 2014

We're pleased to announce that four Real World albums have been included in The 29th Annual fRoots Critics Poll 2014. Both Aurelio's new album "Landini" and The Gloaming's self titled debut release are nominated for the New Album award. Also, Martyn Bennett's "GRIT" and our Real World 25 anniversary box are up for the Best Reissue/Compilation for 2014.

This year's winners will be revealed by BBC Radio 3 during World On 3 broadcast from 11pm on Friday 5th December, hosted by Lopa Kothari.

Published 4th Nov 2014, 3:03pm »