Barclaycard Mercury Prize Recommends brings you some of the week's most interesting online music from around the world...


There are striking returns from Jamie T and Damien Rice in this week's Recommends, which also features new music from rising talents like Rosie Lowe, Cooly G and Swindle. There are albums featured from RM Hubbert and Paul White, something new from Jon Hopkins and news on a very special Tyneside show from Peter Brewis and Paul Smith.

Tracks: Ben Howard, Fiction, Demob Happy, Auclair


Videos: The Charlatans, Wiley, New Build, Superfood


Albums: Caribou, Vashit Bunyan, Iceage, Tinashe, Steve Reich


Live: Perfume Genius, Peter Brewis & Paul Smith, Hidden Orchestra

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    The Possibilities Are Endless

    Of the many highlights promised by next month's London Film Festival, The Possibilities Are Endless may prove the most touching. The innovative and intimate work by filmmakers Lovelace & Hall tracks the unbelievable recovery of Edwyn Collins after he was left almost speechless by a massive and unexpected neurological episode. The film, which features a new and orignal score by Edwyn, follows the singer on his phenomenal road to recovery.

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    Transgressive's 10th Birthday Playlist

    Transgressive are celebrating a decade of brilliant independent releases this week with a massive show at the Barbican with Mystery Jets, Johnny Flynn, Marika Hackman and more taking to the stage. As a primer, if one were needed, Drowned In Sound have put together a 25 track playlist that collates some of the best music the much loved imprint has championed over the years, featuring Foals, Graham Coxon, Young Knives and Regina Spektor.

  • Ben Howard



    So far all of the tracks that have appeared ahead of Ben Howard's pending sophomore set I Forget Where We Were have been notable for their dark foreboding and widescreen sound, the combination distinguishing them from the comparatively carefree melodies that typified predecessor Every Kingdom. Latest offering Conrad keeps the dramatic tension high, though the meandering guitar lines make for a more melancholic mood than those conjured up on the album's towering title track or the epic End of the Affair.

  • Fiction

    Lonely Planet

    Vaguely Pagan / Tip Top Recordings

    A decidedly different angle is at play on Lonely Planet, the first new music from Fiction since they unveiled their debut The Big Other at the beginning of 2013. Flourishes of chorus-drenched guitar are still central, as are the warming warbles of frontman Mike Barrett, but a shift in sound finds the quartet moving away from the effervescent Indie of old in favour of a music that feels increasingly more reflective but also inherently rhythmical. A five-track EP In Real Life precedes the release of their sophomore next year.

  • Demob Happy


    Milk Parlour

    Demob Happy emerge from the same vibrant Brighton scene that's already given the world Royal Blood and The Wytches, and as with their peers the fuzz-loving four-piece have an insatiable appetite for heavyweight riffs and lingering choruses, most often served with a Psychedelic twist. After a teasing with a handful of online tracks the band now look to their first single proper and unleashing Succubus, a chugging juggernaut that succeeds in bringing something new to the well-trodden world of contempoary Garage Rock.

  • Auclair

    Mersea Mersea Me

    Kit Records

    Tanya Auclair has steadily established herself as one of the most innovative artists involved in Capital's soulful underground, her enveloping live sets an instinctive amalgam of traditional instrumentation, amateur electronics and her own captivating stage presence. All of this comes across on Semaphore, a four-track EP that opens with Mersea Mersea Me. Whilst the title punningly refers to a day trip Tanya took to Mersea Island, the track itself is a serious conflation of experimental recording techniques and soul-searching songcraft.

  • The Charlatans

    Talking In Tones

    Directed by Nick Colk Void

    Tim Burgess has enjoyed a creative rebirth in recent years, forging new friendships amid the exciting fringes of experimental music and celebrating the independent spirit with his own O Genesis imprint. This drive to be different can be detected in the brand new track from The Charlatans, though its balanced beautifully by the band's innate knack for penning unshakable melodies. Factory Floor's Nick Colk Void directs the accompanying video.

  • Wiley

    On A Level

    Directed by Skepta

    Whilst perennially unpredictable Wiley has never strayed too far from the scene he helped create nor the sound he first pioneered, managing to balance a presence in the pop charts with unwavering street level sensibilities. The mercurial MC makes a welcome return with On A Level, a stark call to arms produced by Skepta; the Boy Better Know regular also rounds up  Giggs, Jammer, Stormzy and Novelist for his directorial debut.

  • New Build

    Look In Vain

    Directed by Jason Bradbury

    Currently operating as New Build, Hot Chip alumni Felix Martin and Al Doyle call on rising director Jason Bradbury for their latest visual outing. Look In Vain is an impeccably styled video that interweaves high fashion with high concept and forgoes any obvious narrative in favour of subtle messaging and cryptic commentary. The mystifying clip follows on from The Sunlight, the first track the pair aired from their forthcoming album Pour It Over.

  • Superfood

    Mood Bomb

    Directed by Charlotte Rutherford

    Things start off strange in the new video for Mood Bomb then get progressively weirder, as burgeoning Brummies Superfood are joined by a troupe of perspex clad dancers, a female body builder and other unlikely cast members in this luridly coloured clip. The new single is the latest to be lifted from the band's keenly anticipated debut Don't Say That, a 13 song strong set which they unveil in November and support with a short UK tour.



  • Caribou

    Our Love

    City Slang

    Dan Snaith's seventh studio album provides the most complete portrait of the producer as an artist yet, its ten beautifully hued tracks each drawing from the different tones and tempos that have coloured his decade and a half long recording career. The sample-based sound collages of his early works as Manitoba, the dance floor directed missives of Daphne and the summer-defining sound of last long player Swim all converge on a set that was inadvertently influenced by the recent birth of the Canadian's first daughter.

  • Vashti Bunyan


    Fat Cat Records

    Vashti Bunyan's career, much like her music, has followed a unique path and evolved at its own unapologetic pace; after recording her once forgotten but now legendary debut album Another Diamond Day in the early Sixties Bunyan disappeared from view, only to deliver unexpected follow up Lookaftering in 2005. Vashti now returns for the last time with what she's adamant will be her final album, a collection of heartbreakingly simple Folk compositions that shine as some of the most emotionally affecting she's ever recorded.

  • Tinashe



    After a trio of celebrated mixtapes and a string of impossible to ignore singles, LA-based siren Tinashe capitalises on all the attention with a debut album that all but defines R&B in the 21st Century. Having previously taken care of production duties herself Tinashe now turns to DJ Mustard, Dev Hynes and Sade's longtime studio partner Stuart Matthewman for contributions, and the album feels all the broader for it. However, despite the added sheen it's the space in between the snares that still harbours the record's innate sensuality.


  • Iceage

    Plowing Into The Field Of Love


    If Plowing The Field Of Love sounds separate from Iceage's other records it's largely attributable to a band maturing and looking to broaden their musical horizons. Forming whilst still in their teens the band's raucous live appearances were a huge influence on 2011's explosive debut New Brigade and the equally incendiary You're Nothing. But now with eight years experience together the quartet seen keen to let their musicianship shine through, though gladly never at the expense of their unhinged energy.

  • Steve Reich

    Radio Rewrite

    Nonesuch Records

    It was only after Steve Reich happened upon Johnny Greenwood performing his solo guitar piece Electric Counterpoint that the 78 year old felt compelled to find out more about Radiohead, a chance encounter that now brings us Radio Rewrite. The five movement piece takes its lead from Everything In Its Right Place and Jigsaw Falling Into Place from In Rainbows, though rather than reference them directly the near peerless composer expands on chord structures and time signatures to create something entirely original.

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    Perfume Genius

    The Caves, Edinburgh

    Sunday 23rd November

    Mike Hadreas has been on the receiving end of uniform praise for latest album Too Bright, the hypnotic and darkly hued collection of Pop songs produced by Adrian Utley and John Parrish. The set marks a considered shift away from Hadreas' earlier works, which were notable for their stark setting of little more than piano and voice, and promises an expansive new feel for his live show. He visits the UK for a short run of shows during November.

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    Peter Brewis & Paul White

    Sage, Gateshead

    Saturday 20th December

    The collaborative compositional project that conjoins the travel writing of Maximo Park's Paul Smith with the chamber arrangements of Field Music's Peter Brewis will return to the stage a year after it was first commissioned by the inaugural Festival of The North East. Brewis and Smith will play songs from the brilliantly concieved Frozen By Sight in Manchester and London before a grand Christmas homecoming at Sage Gateshead.

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    Hidden Orchestra

    Union Chapel, London

    Friday 17th October

    Edinburgh's Hidden Orchestra engage with the humbling surrounds of Islington's Union Chapel, performing a site specific A/V show that responds with the building's gorgeous Gothic architecture whilst highlighting the collective's cohesion of cinematic sensibilities and contemporary tempos. Support comes from band member Poppy Ackroyd, performing music from her own mesmerising Denovali-issued album Escapement.