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Spiro: Repeater

Read "Repeater" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Repeater is an idiosyncratic vinyl only retrospective by the acclaimed quartet Spiro that collects highlights of the band's four albums that were recorded between 1997 and 2015.The British quartet's unrelenting passion for following its muse has served it well as the group's fearless explorations have yielded an ever-expanding audience and over the years Spiro has crisscrossed ...

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Youssou N'Dour: Fatteliku

Read "Fatteliku" reviewed by James Nadal

The mysterious rhythms and melodies which constitute the music of Africa, has been, and continues to be, a vital source of influence and inspiration to the rest of the world. Though African artists have always been active and recognized in their homelands, it was through the phenomenon of what is termed “world music" in the 1980's, ...

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Spiro: Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow

Read "Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Spiro is a strange, indefinable, delightful band of merry musicians which have developed a style so spare, so unaffected, and so melodic that you'd swear you'd heard all the tunes before. Drawing on classical music, folk traditions of Britain, Spiro is unlike anything else on record. Its music may be rooted in the sounds of English ...

Real World Records: Passion and Authenticity are Fundamental

Read "Real World Records: Passion and Authenticity are Fundamental" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Last year Real World Records celebrated its 25th anniversary with an exclusive box set that dig deep into the label's vaults and shed light on the plethora of artists that have released for the renowned world music label. Founded in 1989, with collaboration with singer Peter Gabriel, it exposed some of the finest world music artists ...

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Spiro: Pole Star

Read "Pole Star" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Acoustic music has never sounded as joyful and fun as Spiro's, the instrumental quartet from Bristol. The band, which line-up, has remained unchanged for 20 years, received a wider attention and critical acclaim when it released the outstanding and enchanting records such as Lightbox (Real World Records, 2009) and Kaleidophonica (Real World Records, 2012). Spiro has ...

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Various Artists: Real World 25

Read "Various Artists: Real World 25" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Probably there is no other popular artist in this shrinking world that has promoted various musics and cultures outside the Western world than singer Peter Gabriel. In the beginning, his solo records were influenced more and more by African music, especially its rhythms until those influences became an important and dominant trademark on his records. Then, ...

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Peter Gabriel: And I'll Scratch Yours

Read "Peter Gabriel: And I'll Scratch Yours" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Peter Gabriel is surely one of the most unpredictable artists today. His career path has proven to be of a mercurial kind with him taking the road less travelled as Gabriel has more often than not sought unusual experiences as a source for his intensively felt music. Long an inventive musical conceptualist he has always sought ...

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Jocelyn Pook: Untold Things

Read "Untold Things" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Composer Jocelyn Pook is one of the great treasures of the music world. The breadth and depth of influences and instrumentation incorporated into her work is almost unprecedented. Known primarily for her groundbreaking and imaginative soundtrack work for films and TV--seamlessly weaving into her work aspects of classical, world, electronic and early music in order to ...

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The Creole Choir of Cuba: Santiman

Read "Santiman" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

The music of Cuba is its most characteristic contribution that the world is familiar with. If there is one word that can be used for describing its musical legacy, that would definitely be diversity. The island has gone through numerous epochs and European and African influences have blended into distinguishable mixes that have determined its cultural ...

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Portico Quartet: Portico Quartet

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Portico Quartet

Portico Quartet

Real World Records

2012

Change is inevitable, but when a group loses one of its founders and biggest conceptual fundamentals, can it really survive the loss? When Britain's Portico Quartet announced the departure of co-founder Nick Mulvey, whose hang (a UFO-shaped instrument that sounds somewhere between steel pans ...