"We've had a relationship with Real World for some time and last year they sent a demo to Steve Osborne who then came to see us play live and offered to work with us. This coincided with an opportunity to do new recordings with the help of the Society of Sound and everything just fell into place. Both Steve and we felt a live approach was far and away best. We produced our own recordings in the past and knew that the dynamism, energy and magic were lost when recordings were distilled to individual parts. We'd spent two years playing across the UK and really honed our 'performance' - we knew this was one of the things people connected with, so had to try and capture it."
The extraordinary Spiro were weaving their magic in the Big Room studio last week. They are recording a second album for Real World Records with their usual breathtaking playing and heart-breaking melodies.
Photograph: York Tillyer
The last few weeks here at the Studios has been a hive of activity for Real World artists. Samuel Yirga has been in the Big Room mixing his forthcoming album - a glorious mix of Ethio-jazz, solo piano and soul - including an uplifting version of Black Gold of the Sun featuring Nicolette (Massive Attack) and The Creole Choir of Cuba on guest vocals. Watch out for the full release later in the summer.
Meanwhile next door in the Wooden Studio Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara in their newly reinvented JuJu style were recording live - moving from psychedelic Afro-trance to raw rock energy. Expect to hear this on a new release in May.
Every day is Human Rights Day but this 10th December, the world goes Barefoot Against Poverty
Richard Branson, Peter Gabriel and Jeff Skoll join campaign to raise awareness for human rights by tackling poverty.
"I'm delighted to support the Barefoot Against Poverty campaign. It's extraordinary and shameful that we allow millions of children to go without food in their bellies or shoes on their feet." Peter Gabriel
Viewers with access to 'Sky Arts' can tune in to 'The Real World of Peter Gabriel' tomorrow at 8pm.
"Peter Gabriel opens the doors to Real World Records, where, for the last 20 years, musicians from all over the world have been joining together to make music."
The Peter Gabriel concert film 'Growing Up Live' follows at 9pm.
We had a great night in the beautiful Theatre Royal, Stratford East on Wednesday night at the start of The Creole Choir of Cuba's sell out four night run as part of The London Jazz Festival.
"The Creole Choir of Cuba have the potential to be one of the world's most successful vocal groups...They look suitably dramatic, with six women in colourful print dresses joined by four men in red shirts, and their harmony work is exhilarating and rousing. They are slick, charming and capable of handling almost anything. Backed only by occasional percussion, the choir mixes African-sounding dance pieces with more lightweight cha-cha-cha, unexpected echoes of chanson, gospel and even a delicate treatment of Nat King Cole's Unforgettable." Robin Denselow guardian.co.uk
We're looking forward to seeing them again next week when they call in at Real World Studios to add some of their magical vocals to a new project currently underway in The Big Room.
'As I Call You Down', the debut release from Fistful of Mercy - a collaboration between Ben Harper, Dhani Harrison and Joseph Arthur has prompted Real World Records to look in the archive and pull out this video of Joseph Arthur mixing his album 'Come To Where I'm From' in The Big Room with Tchad Blake and assorted dogs.
There was a slight sense of disappointment that the man who appeared at lunch yesterday dressed as a sheep did not materialise again today. Nevertheless the 'Cannellini Beans and Pepper Stew' fresh from Jerome's kitchen seemed to raise everyone's spirits.