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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

Discover more about this Society of Sound release

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 »

The Gloaming : ‘A Concert to Blaze In the Memory’

Following a fantastic series of concerts in Australia, including Sydney Opera House, The Gloaming return to Europe. Shows have sold out in Liverpool and Belfast and for three subsequent nights at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.  These promise to be electrifying shows…

“And when it’s all over the audience doesn’t hesitate to jump to its collective feet to give these amazing musicians the standing ovation they so richly deserve.”  -  - Themusic.co.au (Review of The Gloaming at The Sydney Opera House)

The tour continues - see the full schedual

Published 30th Oct 2014, 5:55pm »

Gruff Rhys remix of 9Bach premiering now on Line of Best Fit

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Following the acclaim their outstanding album Tincian received upon its release earlier this year, on 17 November, 9Bach will release a digital only EP of remixes.

The Tinc EP features remixes of four of the albums tracks. The first mix on the EP is by Gruff Rhys who has re-worked ‘Asteri Mou’ turning it into a haunting and hypnotic song cycle, building toward a pounding climatic finish. It’s Gruff’s first remix undertaken in his own right.

The remix is premiering now on Line of Best Fit

Gruff says of his remix:

 “I love this song by 9 Bach - I worked with engineer Simon Jones in trying to exaggerate the natural rounds of the vocal parts - The plan was to create an R&B mantra that would build into a droning racket - that would transport us into another dimension, or at least out of Cardiff.”

The other remixes on the EP are by: Gravenhurst, who has turned ‘Lliwiau' into a “narcotised fug of heart-palpitation bass and wraith-like vocals” (The Quietus); Carcharorion, who have warped 9Bach’s interpretation of traditional folk song 'Pa Le?’, making it now sound as if celestial robots have joined Lisa Jen’s extraordinary vocals and Sir Doufus Styles (Cate Le Bon, Super Furry Animals, The Flaming Lips) whose mix of 'Wedi Torri’ is a subtle reworking, emphasizing the beauty of the original.

These four incredible, leftfield re-imaginings of 9Bach’s unique sound are complimented by a re-recording of the band’s exceptional track Bwythn Fy Nain, which originally appeared on their debut album. The re-recording is from a live session the band recorded earlier this year at Real World Studios.

TInc EP tracklist:

01 Asteri Mou - Loops & Drones remix, Gruff Rhys

02 Pa Le? - Carcharorion Remix

03 Wedi Torri - Sir Doufus Styles Mix

04 Lliwiau - Gravenhurst Remix

05 Bwthyn Fy Nain - Real World Session Version

Pre-order the Tinc EP now:

iTunes / Amazon

To celebrate their most successful year to date in November and December 9Bach will undertake a mini UK tour:

November

20th     St Donats Arts Centre - Book tickets

21st      Acapela, Pentyrch - Book tickets

22nd    Le Pub, Newport - Book tickets

23rd     Colston Hall, Bristol - Book tickets

December

4th        The Vortex, London - Book tickets

6th        Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda - Book tickets

*Tickets available now from: http://www.9bach.com/gigs/

Published 30th Oct 2014, 12:52pm »

Jef Neve – Society of Sound artist for October

Each month Peter and Real World Records work with Bowers & Wilkins to curate the music for Society of Sound – a meeting place for people who are passionate about sound.

Following hot-on-the-heels of the recent release ‘Mar De Leva’ a retrospective of the music of contemporary Colombia, this month’s release comes from a little closer to home and the debut solo album from acclaimed Belgian pianist Jef Neve.

The album, One, was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios and after more than a decade travelling around the world, playing with all sorts of different bands, and being the driving force behind the award-wining jazz group the Jef Neve Trio, this is Neve’s first release as a solo artist.

At first I felt naked, deserted, a big confrontation with myself, as if I was looking into a mirror trying to reveal the reflection of my own personality. It took me half a day to reach that point where I could start to let go of my fears and energize the music, aiming for melodies that were never done before.

After the first recording session, my whole point of view of making a good new album changed completely, it had to be no less than perfect and from then on I accepted the personal challenge to do absolutely everything possible to make this album, whatever it would take.”

More details on the release of One and how to hear it

More details on Society of Sound

Published 22nd Oct 2014, 4:50pm »

Celtic Connections Opening Concert 'Nae Regrets' - Martyn Bennett's GRIT

One of the main themes running through next year’s Celtic Connections festival is paying homage to the late and great musicians who have left their mark on the current musical landscape.

The Opening Night will be a show dedicated to the remarkable Martyn Bennett, one of Scotland’s great musical visionaries. To commemorate ten years since his passing, the Opening Night of the festival will feature a full orchestration by experimental cross-genre classical violinist Greg Lawson of Bennett’s last great work, the album GRIT. It was a fearless album that drew from the great voices of the tradition like Lizzie Higgins and Sheila Stewart MBE and placed them against a soundscape of beats and samples and started the evolution of celtic fusion.

The concert will take place on Thursday 15th January, 7:30pm at the Main Auditorium, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Find out more via the Celtic Connections website

Read more via BBC News

Published 15th Oct 2014, 9:57am »

Society of Sound 76: Mar De Leva - A selection from Polen

This month the featured music on Society of Sound takes us to contemporary Colombia.

Polen Records has produced or released some of the most important acts of Colombia and South America. In 2013, Polen was first nominated at the Latin Grammy Awards with Bomba Estéreo’s album Elegancia Tropical (2012) as Best Alternative Music Album. 

The compilation, on Society of Sound, Mar de Leva is a slice of that inspirational vision. 

Felipe Alvarez, the founder and visionary behind Polen Records says:

“The catalogue exposes the artistic line we helped to create and seek to maintain, revealing the multicultural identity of our country. Our roster includes cult bands such as Bajotierra and Sidestepper, singer Ella Fuksbrauner, Mucho Indio, Bomba Estéreo, Radio Cumbia, Cero39 and Mitú. Artists such as Chocquibtown, Pernett and Sol Okarina have also been part of the family and shared their music with us. 

At Polen Records we admire and appreciate the music our artists create and understand our job as a collective effort to get this music to the widest audience possible.” 

One of the key artists for the label are Bomba Estereo, who’s track El Alma y El Cuerpo features on the compilation - listen below.

Back in 2005, visual artist Simón Mejía began a collaborative project that explored the new sounds of Colombian traditional rhythms and melodies with electronic beats and western structures influenced by pioneer bands such as Sidestepper and Bloque De Búsqueda. For this project, Simón brought together different DJs and musicians in 7 tracks that eventually became Bomba Estéreo´s first EP, Vol.1, released in 2006 by Polen Records. This EP included the song “Huepaje” that featured guest singer Li Saumet and gave way to the first building blocks of what would later become Bomba Estéreo’s international debut, ‘Estalla / Blow Up’ (Polen Records 2008). Ever since, Li Saumet has been the voice and face of the band, teaming up with Julián Salazar on guitars and Kike Egurrola on drums, Simón on the bass and sequences and Felipe Alvarez in the musical production.

More details on Society of Sound

More details on the ‘Mar de Leva’ release

Published 9th Oct 2014, 5:37pm »

Martyn Bennett's "Blackbird" used in new Danny Macaskill film

Martyn Bennett’s “Blackbird” used in new Danny Macaskill film “The Ridge”.

“Blackbird” from Martyn Bennett’s album “GRIT” is being used in a new film, produced by Cut Media, featuring Scottish trials cyclist Danny Macaskill.

In the film, Danny climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on a death-defying ride along the notorious Cuillin Ridgeline.

Watch the film and listen to a full version of “Blackbird” above.

Published 6th Oct 2014, 10:42am »

Real World 25 - Out now

Today marks the release of Real World 25 - a beautifully packaged Clamshell Box with 3 CD wallets, 28 page booklet containing the story of 25 Years of Real World Records, and a collection of Real World Tales with contributions from musicians, producers, designer and managers.

Available via:

iTunes / Amazon / Real World / Proper Music

Published 29th Sep 2014, 12:47pm »