Real Lies

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Real Lies
GenresSynthpop, balearic beat, alternative dance
Years active2013-present
LabelsMarathon Artists
MembersKev Kharas
Patrick King
Tom Watson (2013-2018)

Real Lies are a London electronic group who first released music in 2013,[1] composed of lyricist Kev Kharas, singer and songwriter Tom Watson and producer Patrick King.

An early run of singles included the songs Deeper and World Peace (released together on vinyl in 2013), and North Circular and Dab Housing (released together on vinyl the following year). BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe awarded World Peace his 'Hottest Record in the World' accolade, while Dab Housing was premiered by Annie Mac on the same station. Expanding to a five-piece for live shows, the band embarked on a UK tour with Foals in 2015, played festivals such as Glastonbury, Bestival, MIDI and the Jamie xx-curated Nuits Sonores, and recorded a pair of Maida Vale sessions, again for BBC Radio 1.

Often compared to the likes of Mike Skinner and New Order, the London trio have garnered praise for their ability to embody what it is to be young and adrift for this generation.[2] The band are from the Holloway area of London and reference the boroughs of Islington and Haringey in their tracks.

After putting out two more digital singles in the form of Seven Sisters and Blackmarket Blues, their debut album Real Life was released in 2015, receiving positive reviews from NME, The Guardian and Clash (magazine).[3] A video for the song One Club Town was premiered by i-D in February 2016.

The Checks was released in April 2018 on their own UNREAL label. Clash Magazine called it "a gritty, rave empowered return." [4] In autumn of the same year, White Flowers – a collaboration with British producer Tom Demac – was released through Kompakt, and reviewed favourably by Pitchfork.[5]




Year Title Format Released Tracks Label
2012 Deeper Digital download 8 November 2012 World Peace
Deeper (Bey LF Remix)
Marathon Artists
2013 World Peace Digital download 2 December 2013 World Peace (Pariah Remix) Marathon Artists
2014 North Circular Vinyl + digital download 5 June 2014 North Circular Marathon Artists
2014 Dab Housing Vinyl + digital download 21 August 2014 Dab Housing Marathon Artists
2015 Seven Sisters Digital download 6 May 2015 Seven Sisters Marathon Artists
2015 Blackmarket Blues Digital download 28 September 2015 Blackmarket Blues Marathon Artists
2016 One Club Town Digital download 3 February 2016 One Club Town Marathon Artists
2018 The Checks Digital download 20 April 2018 The Checks UNREAL
2018 White Flowers Vinyl + Download 14 September 2018 White Flowers Kompakt


2019 You Were In Love Digital download 20 November 2019 You Were In Love UNREAL


  • Pet Shop Boys - Say It To Me (Real Lies Remix), 15 September 2016


  1. ^ "NME Onrepeat Reviews - 20 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week". NME. 2013-10-30. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  2. ^ "Real Lies: North Circular". Pitchfork. 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  3. ^ The 405
  4. ^ "Real Lies Share New Track 'The Checks'". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  5. ^ "Various Artists: Total 18". Pitchfork. 2018-08-27. Retrieved 2018-08-27.

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