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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.  

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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.

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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 »

Explore The Real World: Indian Classical


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

Published 16th Jul 2013, 1:04pm 1 notes on Tumblr »

Watch Joseph Arthur's performance on Letterman



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

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Published 11th Jul 2013, 10:43am 2 notes on Tumblr »

Real World: Film & TV out now...


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)

Published 2nd Jul 2013, 4:05pm »

Download a free Real World compilation

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. 

Download the compilation now

Published 1st Jul 2013, 9:40am 1 notes on Tumblr »

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