Real World regulars, Elbow release their eighth studio album, Giants of All Sizes, which was recorded in part at Real World Studios.
Real World Studios has welcomed staff and students from Berklee College of Music on several occasions. No strangers to working at Real World, producer Ethan Johns and engineer Kevin Killan visited earlier in the year to pass on some of their skills and expertise to the next generation.
Richard Spaven’s new album ‘Real Time’ was recorded at Real World Studios and released on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound in November 2018.
15 January 2019
Engineer/Mix: Patrick Phillips
Film/Edit: York Tillyer
Ahead of their upcoming tour in the UK and Europe, Bokanté have released a stripped-back version of ‘Bòd Lanmè Pa Lwen’ from their 2018 album What Heat, which was a collaboration with Metropole Orkest and Jules Buckley.
Band members Michael League and Malika Tirolien visited Real World Studios a few months ago and reimagined two of the tracks from their second album as a duo, the first of which is now available. Malika’s impressive vocals take centre stage, with Michael League building a multi-layered rhythmic accompaniment.
In an interview for Real World, Michael League talked about the background to the track:
“This track is a hopeful tune about perseverance, action, and what can happen if we continue to struggle and push forward. Malika is singing about trudging through the desert and finding an oasis (‘We walked, we suffered/But we’ve stood firm and now we’ve arrived’), which is represented musically by a transition from down tempo blues to a heavy up-tempo thing with Moroccan-style percussion; Jamey [Haddad] toured with Berber groups and he loves putting a three feel over grooves in different time signatures. Knowing that made me write it into several songs on the record. The Metropole steams through high-speed linear figures that Malika cooked up. It’s stunning to hear an orchestra with such agility and groove.”
5th October 2018
Richard Spaven releases the first single, Faded (feat. Jordan Rakei), from his upcoming album recorded at Real World // Listen here
The song was recorded at Real World Studios by associate engineer Patrick Phillips in The Big Room and The Wood Room, assisted by Oli Middleton and Fraser Latimer. The album, Real Time, is released on 2nd November and will also be available in high resolution from Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound on 15 November.
Richard’s unique subtle take on drumming and the way “he plays like a wild flower grows” (Mary Anne Hobbs /6 Music Recommends), has made him a sought-after performer with successful global artists and at Drum events and festivals around the world.
Following on from his critically acclaimed 2017 release ‘The Self’ (the title track featuring Jordan Rakei has reached over 500k plays), Richard is back with a special studio album.
Recorded live during a week at Real World Studios in the Bath countryside, ‘Real Time’ captures the artfulness of a band of musicians creating something truly unique. Richard’s long history with his band was an inspiration during the writing of this record. His collaboration with vocalist Jordan Rakei is continued – exceeding expectations after a week-long residential recording session. In addition is co-writer and long standing band member Stuart McCallum (Cinematic Orchestra, The Breath) on guitars. The recordings also feature Robin Mullarkey (Jacob Collier) on bass, and Oli Rockberger (Laura Mvula) on keys.
Notable for their diverse production skills, Frederic Robinson (Medschool) and Jameszoo (Brainfeeder) join Richard on Real Time. The inclusion of their intricate sound design and warped distorted abstract sees that the music on Real Time is elevated to new levels. Throughout the 9 tracks of the album, Richard on drums plays artfully with the beats, subtlety abounds yet grooving hard in constantly shifting, unexpected turns of rhythmic layers.
The result is modern sounding electronica from a group of exquisitely talented forward-thinking musicians who are not bound by any genres but thrive in the simple idea of creating and playing together.
Photos: York Tillyer
For the second time, aspiring music producers are being given the opportunity to make a record at Real World Studios.
During the three-day immersive Beatcamp music experience, participants will be matched with another music producer and tasked to create a track together. At the end of the weekend, the finished tracks will be released as a compilation album on iTunes, Spotify and other digital platforms.
Those selected to take part will receive masterclasses and critique from established music producers including Steve Osborne, half of Oakenfold & Osborne (Perfecto Records), producer of Happy Mondays, New Order, A-Ha, Gregory Porter and many others, James Hurr, tech-house producer and remixer for luminary labels Toolroom, Spinnin’, Defected and Armada, Paul Whalley, multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer for the likes of NAO, Wretch 32, Little Mix and Nina Nesbitt. They will also have access to professional session musicians and singers.
Beatcamp runs Friday 28th-30th September 2018 at Real World Studios near Bath, England
Check out The Breath’s new video for ‘Let The Cards Fall’. The album was recorded and mixed at Real World by Patrick Phillips and is out 14 September on Real World Records.