SMV and GAROU go double platinum again!

Only a year after releasing their double platinum album “Rhythm And Blues” , SMV and Garou have recorded and released the follow up album “Au Milieu De Ma Vie” (recorded and mixed at the Sanctuary Studio), which promptly received another double platinum accolade in France. The latest single “Du Vent Des Mots” (a duet with […]

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GAROU – Au Millieu De Ma Vie OUT 18TH NOVEMBER

After the double platinum success of Garou’s previous album “Rhythm and blues” ( which was also recorded and produced at the Sanctuary by SMV), the team have just finished working on a whole new collection of tracks for his 8th Studio album. Released on November the 18th, The album will feature all original material. The […]


​Singer-songwriter Max is one of those artists whose soulful vocals sound incredible with acoustic guitars alone. Having performed around London, Max was invited to appear at MusicWeek’s “Breakout” show. His reputation preceded him and has recently been working in the studio putting his final touches on a new sound he is developing in conjunction with SMV. […]


The Smv team have been busy in the studio recently writing and producing new material for Natasha Bedingfield’s new album. The trio ( Eric appapoulay, David McEwan & Cassell The Beatmaker) went to Edinburgh with Natasha to the TED conference on June the 11th and formed a one off show lineup, performing her hits and a brand […]

Anoushka Shankar / Circle Of Sound

Whilst recording a track for their new album, Circle of Sound (Soumik Datta and Bernhard Schimpelsberger) brought in very special guest, Anoushka Shankar to feature on the recording. As one of the worlds most accomplished and well known Sitar players, her playing with Circle of Sound sounded quite something. Another very enjoyable session at the […]

Garou 2013 Album

After the double platinum success of Garou’s previous album “Rhythm and blues” ( which was also recorded and produced at the Sanctuary by SMV), the team are back together working on a whole new collection of tracks for his 8th Studio album.

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Today huge new talent John Newman came into the sanctuary to write with SMV on some fresh material. Newly signed to Island records, John is a Yorkshire lad with a big soul voice. He is currently best known as being a featured artist for Rudimental’s number one single “Feel the Love” and top 20 single “Not Giving In”.

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Straight in at NUMBER TWO

We are very pleased to announce that our most recent album project ( ” Rhythm and Blues” by Garou), was released in France last week and has gone straight to Number 2 in its opening week. The record has already earned its  “Gold” status and is continuing to do really well . Produced and recorded […]

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GAROU 2012

French-Canadian singer Garou is currently in the studio recording his 7th Studio album with the SMV team. The rhythm & blues album features covers and reinterpretations from both English and French speaking artists from the past and is coming on to be an exciting album with a very big sound. Garou has just finished his role in […]

Alfred Hitchcock – The Lodger

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 silent masterpiece has had a full restoration by the BFI and a fresh new score composed by Nitin Sawhney. The soundtrack was performed by the london Symphony orchestra and members of Nitin’s band. The Sanctuary’s David McEwan mixed the new orchestral release over at Nitin Sawhney’s studio at “The Dairy” Brixton. It is now […]



The SMV team have been working with the great ELLIS HALL in The Sanctuary  on material for a new album. He is considered by many to be the protégé of Ray Charles. As well as being one of the best singers in the business , he is also a complete multi-instrumentalist capable of blowing anyone away, on […]


The SMV writing/production team have been working in the Sanctuary studio with TRICK THE FOX. The new two piece are Ren Gill & Charlie Fowler, Bath buskers with an amazing sound. They have been recording the debut album whilst writing tracks and have started touring since April to grab attention to there very unique and […]


The young British Hip-Hop lads from Brighton popped into the studio for a few days to write with SMV for some song and production ideas. Old Synths, classic samples, live drums , honky tonk pianos, guitars , lyrics , beats and ps3 controllers have all been flying around the room leading to some pretty exciting […]


Incognito session -Eric Appapoulay

Eric Appapoulay featured as guitarist at a session at the sanctuary for Incognito’s album Surreal. Recorded late night with the bands bassist Francis Hilton, the track “the Less you know” has come out really well. Have a listen below: Incognito: The Less You Know  

Jeff Beck The Sanctuary


The Wonderful Jeff Beck came to the Sanctuary for a few days to Write with SMV . Along with guest Vocalist and friend of SMV, Sophie Delilah, some great new material with an exciting modern sound have been recorded.  

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Plan B wins 3 Ivors

Another 3 gongs to the collection for Ben Drew (Plan B) and also this time one for our very own Eric Appapoulay. Plan B performed a Hat trick and took home 3 Ivors for… – Most Performed Work / She Said – Awarded to Eric Appapoulay, Richard Cassell ,Tom Wright-Goss, Ben Drew – Best Album […]


MPG 2011 Single of the Year

The Music Producers Guild of UK awarded Ben Drew (Plan B),Eric Appapoulay and David McEwan the UK Single of the Year for Plan Bs “She Said”. The single from the album “The Defamation of Strickland Banks “was recorded and mixed here at the Sanctuary recording studio and Produced by Ben Drew,Eric Appapoulay and David McEwan. […]

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BBC Human Planet- Music Mixed here at The Sanctuary recording studio.

Music composed by Nitin Sawhney and mixed here at the Sanctuary in 5.1 Surround by David McEwan,Human Planet is a new eight-part landmark BBC natural history series.Filmed in high definition, Human Planet is an epic record of how different peoples adapt to different surroundings. Each episode focuses on one single environment: desert, jungles, arctic, grasslands, […]

Plan B goes Platinum

Great News, Plan B goes triple platinum. David McEwan and Eric Appapoulay of SMV hold their very own Platinum Discs for their work on Plan Bs “The Defamation Of Strickland Banks” .

The Safires – Epic in the Ordinary

The Safires debut album “Epic In The Ordinary” was recorded in part and mixed at The Sanctuary .Check out where you can download a pay what you want version of the album.