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Society of Sound: October

The October release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is a fascinating and powerful soundscape entitled Be One.

The UK Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015, designed by Wolfgang Buttress. Credit: Hufton + Crow

The music was initially created by Kevin Bales and Tony Foster (who've worked with Spiritualized, Julian Cope, Dave Gahan and Mark Lanegan, amongst others) to provide the soundscape for the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015. Since then the project has progressed into the full album now available on Society of Sound.

The 2015 Milan Expo brought together 145 participating nations under the theme "Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life". The UK Pavilion, designed by artist Wolfgang Buttress, highlights the plight of the honeybee focusing attention on the importance of pollination.

The album you can hear now on Society of Sound is a constantly changing and evolving symphony - a dialogue between bee and human.

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Published 22nd Oct 2015, 3:32pm »

Youssou N'Dour Live album released

Fatteliku the new live album from Youssou N'Dour e Le Super Etoile de Dakar is released today on CD and download. The album captures Youssou and his band recorded live in Athens in 1987 at a pivotal moment in their career.

Already a star in his native Senegal, Youssou's vocal contribution to the Peter Gabriel track In Your Eyes, from the So album, and the subsequent support slot on the globe-trotting So tour was instrumental in bringing the young N'Dour and his band to an international audience.

It is the first time that this concert performance has been available on CD or download and to listen to the performance captured by the Fatteliku album is to hear a global superstar in the making.

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Reviews for Fatteliku
"..the exuberance of his singing amid talking drums remains intoxicating... Happy Days." - The Observer

"You could argue that 1987 was Youssou N'Dour's peak; certainly at this concert, an Athens warm-up for Peter Gabriel, he was in superlative voice" - **** The Financial Times

"The mood is hot, raw and fervent, with the Greek crowd audibly engrossed in every note. Youssou's band are firing on every possible cylinder… Youssou's gilded shriek has a shimmering expansiveness" - **** Songlines

"Captures the essence of the energy and excitement from that time" - ***** fROOTS

"Few bands at the time could produce such a seductively joyful sound" - The Arts Desk

"an outstanding and essential collection" - FolkRadio.co.uk

Published 16th Oct 2015, 10:45am »

9Bach Announce Biggest UK Tour

9Bach have just announced a new UK album tour in April/May/June 2016. These special shows will coincide with the release of their second album on Real World Records. Full details on the forthcoming LP will follow.

9Bach made their name by taking traditional Welsh folk songs and recasting them onto a spectral and haunting sound canvas. Their 2014 album Tincian was the worthy winner of the coveted Best Album in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015.

Support on all dates comes from Twelfth Day.

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Published 2nd Oct 2015, 11:32am »

The Gloaming Live in 2016


The Gloaming announced live shows at the Union Chapel (London) in February & The National Concert Hall (Dublin) for February and March 2016.

26 February -Union Chapel, London
27 & 28 February, 1 & 2 March - The National Concert Hall, Dublin

These special events coincided with the release of their second album on Real World Records.

Even before The Gloaming released their debut album in 2014, the Irish Times hailed them as "one of the great forces in Irish music." The group has quickly become one of the world's most renowned live acts, performing to packed houses at the Barbican in London, Sydney Opera House in Australia, Mexico City's Teatro de al Ciudad, New York's Lincoln Center, and WOMAD festivals worldwide, as well as selling out multiple concerts at home from Dublin's National Concert Hall to the Cork Opera House. Their live activity climaxed with the historic Ceiliúradh concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, during which they performed for an audience including Irish President Michael D Higgins to commemorate the Republic of Ireland's first state visit to Britain.

The self-titled debut album was similarly acclaimed, winning Ireland's Choice Music Prize for Album of The Year, a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award and making year-end best-of lists in America (NPR Music) and the UK (Mojo Magazine), as well as an Album of the Year in The Irish Times.


Published 21st Sep 2015, 5:10pm »

Society of Sound: September

The September release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound is Youssou N'Dour et Le Super Etoile de Dakar recorded live in Athens in 1987 and is available now. The album is called Fatteliku and is being made available via Bowers & Wilkins in advance of its wider commercial release on Real World Records on 16 October.

The recording captures Youssou and band at a pivotal moment in their career. Already a star in his native Senegal, Youssou's vocal contribution to the Peter Gabriel track In Your Eyes, from the So album, and the subsequent support slot on the globe-trotting So tour was instrumental in bringing the young N'Dour and his band to an international audience.

"I was blown away by the music, the rhythms and one of the most extraordinary voices I'd ever heard, which I thought at the time was like liquid gold" said Peter Gabriel of the first time he saw Youssou play live. The performance captured by the Fatteliku album is full testament to that, revealing a global superstar in the making.

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Published 18th Sep 2015, 2:59pm »

Totó La Momposina Remix Competition Result

It was such a difficult decision to choose the winner of the Totó La Momposina Remix Competition with so very many notable mixes being delivered and so many different styles and approaches being utilised by the mixes.

But decide we must and as such we're delighted to announce the winner of the Remix Competition is…. DJ Nirso. Your prize will be on the way to you very soon.

We'd really like to thank everyone who took the time to enter and to share their brilliant mixes with us. It was tough to choose the winner but great fun to listen to all the entries and argue about who should win! Many thanks again!

And as Totó herself says: "The roots of ancestral music are profound. It's great when they reach the young in such new ways! Thanks to all who participated."

You can listen the winning mix below:

Published 14th Sep 2015, 3:59pm »

Youssou N'Dour Live in Athens 1987

On 16 October 2015 Real World Records will release the album Fatteliku by Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour.

The album captures Youssou and his band Le Super Etoile de Dakar at a seminal moment in their career as they travelled the world as the main support act on Peter Gabriel's So Tour.

Recorded in Athens, Greece in October 1987, and never previously available on CD/Download, the album features not only Youssou's full live set but also a rousing version of In Your Eyes, with Youssou joining Peter Gabriel on stage.

As Peter says in his introduction of the band to the Greek crowd that October night; "You are about to see a remarkable group of musicians, playing some of my favourite music. I ask you to give them a warm reception and a good listen: Youssou N'Dour et Le Super Etoile de Dakar!"

Almost thirty years later, you too can now enjoy the young N'Dour, just 28 at the time and already and big star in West Africa, as he makes that final step towards international stardom.

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Published 11th Sep 2015, 4:34pm »

John Metcalfe live in September

John Metcalfe and band had two live shows during September 2015 where they played, amongst others, tracks from his album 'The Appearance of Colour.'

On stage with John were Daisy Palmer (drums), Ali Friend (bass), Tom Cawley (piano), Louisa Fuller (violin), Will Schofield (cello) and Rosie Donovan (vocals).

The shows took place on:

19 September - Galeri Caernarfon

26 September - Kings Place, Hall Two, London

Published 7th Sep 2015, 2:44pm »

Doudou N'diaye Rose (1930 - 2015)

We were very sad to hear of the death of Doudou N'Diaye Rose last week, aged 85.

The Senegalese master drummer and band leader, who was named a "living human treasure" by Unesco, became an emissary of his native culture's joyous rhythms, touring with percussion orchestras in Europe, Asia and the United States.

He first caught the wider world's attention when, in 1959, US singer and dancer Josephine Baker invited N'diaye to perform with her shortly before Senegalese independence. He has since collaborated with musicians including Miles Davis, the Rolling Stones and Peter Gabriel.

"Doudou was an extraordinary musician and a delight to work with. He always struck me as a Yoda type of figure who's magic powers extended deep into the rhythmic arts. He would appear in various incarnations, in different family groupings, turning wonderful, complex rhythms into beautiful compositions.

"My favourite Doudou moment was seeing him perched at the top of a pyramid of Senegalese drummers in his dinner jacket, as part of Jean-Paul Goude's Bicentenaire celebration along the Champs Elysees, mustering all the pride and passion that he would always deliver." Peter Gabriel

Published 24th Aug 2015, 2:48pm »

Society of Sound: August

The August release on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound comes from Sunderland-born singer/guitarist Marty Longstaff, better known as The Lake Poets, and is available now.

The Lake Poets' self-titled debut album was recorded in just three days in Nashville. That Longstaff recorded enough songs to seriously consider releasing a double album is testament to his dedicated work rate. That the 11 songs to make the final album are sparsely beautiful and set to see Longstaff mentioned in the same breath as John Martyn and Richard Thompson are credit to a startling ability to pare his finger-picked guitar playing to the bare essentials, just right for Longstaff's shimmering, pure vocals.

The Lake Poets is certainly an album that's easy to get lost in, drawing listeners in with intimate songs rich in painting the big picture about love and mortality by way of a keen eye for the vivid small details of life. "People are interesting and they've all got good stories. If you listen to them, you always learn something" says Longstaff.

Although made at Nashville's Blackbird Studio, a place where countless American music legends have recorded, Longstaff's voice echoes with the unadorned distinctively North East tones of Paddy McAloon and Martin Stephenson & The Daintees.

However it was another alumni of the North East, Dave Stewart, that has produced the album in Nashville with musicians including drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler), pedal steel guitarist Dan Dugmore (James Taylor, Bob Dylan), bassist Michael Bradford (Ringo Starr, Stevie Nicks), plus Academy of Country Music Award winners Mike Rojas (keyboards) and Michael Rhodes (bass).

"Within seconds of hearing Marty's voice, I was scrambling to get directly in touch with him. I was sent a link to a YouTube video by a chap in my home town called Harry Collinson. He said when he heard this boy sing at a charity concert held in a church it made him well up with tears. Marty, aka The Lake Poets, is from Sunderland -which is also my hometown. So I not only connected with his voice, but every word that fell from his mouth was like a road map back home to the emotions and feelings I had growing up there. Marty sings the truth as it is - no holds barred, and his sense of melody is intrinsically linked to those huge stormy skies and the crashing waves that inhabit the North East of England - and weave their way into great songwriters minds. Marty is the real deal, one of the greats up there following a lineage of english songwriters from John Martyn, Nick Drake to Richard Thompson and Thom Yorke. The emptiness you feel in this recording comes from a deep sense of knowing - and allows the listener to follow the story all the way back to the heart." - Dave Stewart

Within three days, 24 songs were recorded. "Nashville is a long way to go to f*** up," laughs Longstaff, an effusive and innately inquisitive soul whose Master's degree in Linguistics can be detected in his love of using words to great effect both in his songs and in conversation. "I worked as hard as I could. I thought 'I've got an opportunity in a world-class studio here'."

Read more about the incredible story behind The Lake Poets' album and watch an exclusive video premiere of the track 'Your Face' at Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound.

Published 20th Aug 2015, 11:22am »

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