Featured Label: Real World Records
Real World Records is more than just a world music label, founded by WOMAD and Peter Gabriel to provide talented artists from around the world with access to state-of-the-art recording facilities and audiences beyond their geographic region.
The musical relationships generated at WOMAD festivals gave Real World Records confidence that something of this special spirit could be translated into a recording context.
Consequently, the Real World label has become renowned for bringing together musicians who share an empathy with music in general, rather than a shared cultural background.
Real World Records continues to push back the boundaries – with new artists to discover, new ways of recording, new meeting points. Their latest release sees Joseph Arthur return to the label to release The Ballad of Boogie Christ – a new high point in his critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated career that has spanned nine full-length albums and 11 EPs. Released by Real World (for the world outside of America/Canada) 9th September on CD, digital and vinyl (Act 1 available now digitally).
As well as the frontline releases above, Real World have started the The Real World Gold reissue series which peels back the years to revisit and re-evaluate some most inspirational and beautiful music from the archives. As the name suggests, it’s a programme of reissues that brings some of the key Real World releases back into the sunlight as many titles have been unavailable for a number of years.
Launched in 1989, Real World Records has grown into a label of wide-ranging, world-class music from all corners of the globe. Most of the label’s releases are recorded at Real World Studios where the live interactive spaces provide an environment capable of capturing the excitement and vitality of musicians “in performance”.