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


Jamie T returns to the live stage in this week's Recommends, which also features comebacks from Death From Above 1979 and Roni Size. There are albums from Sia and Full Time Hobby to listen to, brilliant new videos from Superfood, Jungle and Lil Silva, and news on another exciting live collaboration between Savages and Bo Ningen.

Tracks: Death From Above 1979, Goat, Gwilym Gold, Pulled Apart By Horses,

Roni Size


Videos: Jungle, Superfood, Lil Silva, NerhuvianDOOM


Albums: Full Time Hobby, Sia, Woman's Hour


Live:  Savages & Bo Ningen, Jamie T, Cate Le Bon, The Hydra

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    PJ Harvey Live at The Royal Albert Hall

    This spring The Guardian launched Live for 2014, an online series that features concerts from all over the world filmed live and then streamed in their entirety. The series has seen some incredible artists performing in legendary venues, like Nick Cave taking the stage at Hollywood's Fonda Theatre and Paul Weller playing a show at London's Bush Hall. The series now concludes with PJ Harvey performing Let England Shake at The Royal Albert Hall.

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    Looking For The Perfect Beat

    Much has been written about LA's beat scene, which over the best part of a decade has been a huge influence to the rest of the world when it comes to experimental electronic music. Now a new documentary film, Looking For The Perfect Beat, takes a 24 hour tour of the city, focusing on the scene's multi-faceted community and the club night that's become one of the most important outlets for the music and the people who make it, Low End Theory. 

  • Death From Above 1979

    Trainwreck 1979

    Last Gang Records

    This autumn, almost exactly a decade on from their era-inspiring debut You're A Woman, I'm A Machine, Death From Above 1979 will unveil the follow up, a record that many had long given up any hope of hearing. The cult Canadian duo have been playing occasional concerts since 2011, gradually road-testing new material and ensuring it passes muster with their die-hard fans before The Physical World arrives in September. After debuting the album's first single via Zane Lowe's radio show, they're now streaming Trainwreck 1979 online.

  • Goat

    Hide From The Sun

    Rocket Recordings

    Having left audiences mesmerised all over the globe, surrealist scandinavians Goat finished touring debut set World Music and returned to the tiny village in Sweden that - according to the group's fantastical backstory - has been home to various incarnations of the band for more than forty years. Fans of the collective's impulsive mix of Psych, Prog and worldlier flavours will delight in Hide From The Sun's Eastern leaning fuzz. They can also look forward to new album Commune and a headline show at London's Roundhouse next October.

  • Gwilym Gold


    Kaya Kaya Recordings / Hymn

    Tender Metal, Gwilym Gold's first solo project following the sad demise of Golden Silvers, put forth an incredibly ambitious premiss: released through an app, the album altered slightly with each play, offering listeners the songs in an infinite number of incarnations. This next piece is no less interesting, as Gold spent six weeks improvising in a gallery space surrounded by dancers and the work of artist and collaborator Eddie Peake. More than 200 hours of spontaneous playing have now been moulded into the beautiful Muscle.

  • Pulled Apart By Horses

    Lizard Baby

    Best of the Rest Records

    Pulled Apart By Horses pending third album Blood is already promising to be an intriguing listen, with previous taster Hot Squash and new track, the festival-ready Lizard Baby, both indicating a shift towards a broader sound. Sticking to their roots the quartet from Leeds have lost none of the intensity that powered their frenetic fusion of heavyweight Hardcore and fist pumping Post Rock, channeling it instead in new directions and making even more of the unshakable choruses that have always punctuated their practise.

  • Roni Size

    Made In Korea

    Mansion Sounds

    Twenty years is a long time in any industry, but in the constantly evolving world of Dance music it's longer than most lifetimes. Props to Roni Size then, who two decades on from his first release unleashes a DnB banger as ferocious and frenetic as anything offered up by any of his young peers. Made In Korea is a hair raising roller taken from the Bristol legend's new EP, Size Matters, currently slated for an August release. A full album proper, Take Kontrol, arrives a week later on Roni's new imprint Mansion Sounds.

  • Jungle


    Directed by Oliver Hadlee-Pearch

    Following the release of viral videos featuring a six year old B-Girl and the impossibly smooth High Rollaz skate crew, Jungle and their go-to filmmaker Oliver Hadlee-Pearch conjour up another dance-indebted clip. In the video for Time two mature movers both shuffle and swing their way out of the same living room, only to meet in an assembly hall for an unmissable dance off. The covert collective play a one-off show in Kingston Upon Thames next week.

  • Superfood

    Right On Satellite

    Directed by Zac Ella

    Whilst enjoying a quiet game of pool with pints of lager and packets of peanuts aplenty, Superfood find themselves suddenly distracted by the entrance of Honey Kalaria, the UK's self-appointed Bollywood ambassador. The local working mens club may not conjure the same sort of opulence as her usual appointments, but Honey still stuns the assembled crowd with a spellbinding dance routine, all set in time with the Birmingham four piece's latest single.

  • Lil' Silva


    Directed by Laura Coulson

    Lil Silva has gradually moved away from the brazen sounds of UK Funky, his productions becoming increasingly sophisticated. The accompanying visuals have matched this musical maturation, the sensual clip for his Rosie Lowe collab No Doubt setting a high bar when it arrived last year. This new promo for the melancholic Mabel raises the stakes further, as director Laura Coulson captures the instant nostalgia that comes with the last day of term.

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    Darkness (HBU)

    Directed by Markel Scott and Elliot Simpson

    Rising rapper Bishop Nehru keeps up the heat after his recent collaboration with Disclosure, teaming up with a bona fide Hip Hop hero who's made an art form of creative association. Following in the footsteps of Madlib, Danger Mouse and Jneiro Jarel, the seventeen year old from upstate New York is the latest artist to record a shared album with masked icon DOOM. The pair's eponymous longplayer sees full release later this year on Lex Recordings.

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    What The Hell Are You Doing?

    Full Time Hobby

    Full Time Hobby toast ten years with a new compilation and a series of shows on London's Southbank. They mark the special announcement with an advance taster of What The Hell Are You Doing?, which arrives replete with specially commissioned art work from David Shrigley and classic tracks from some of the label's longtime favourites. Tunng and White Denim contribute, as do School of Seven Bells, whose founder Benjamin Curtis sadly passed away last year and to whose memory the autumn shows will be dedicated.

  • Sia

    1000 Forms of Fear


    Throughout the early 2000s Sia was linked with a wave of artists pushing the parameters of downtempo music, including Zero 7 with whom she collaborated regularly. In recent times, however, she's become better known as a hit-maker to the stars, penning multi-platinum selling songs for Beyonce, Katy Perry and Rihanna. The dramatic sound she's perfected for these modern day queens of Pop certainly shines through on her own solo album, though Sia's soul bearing lyrics ensure 1000 Forms of Fear is anything but ephemeral.

  • Woman's Hour


    Secretly Canadian

    After releasing their first single in 2011 Womans' Hour decided against rushing into a follow up, instead spending time perfecting the sound they sought. A few years on and they present their debut album, a precision piece of electronic Pop that counters cool, considered synths with the beat of a human heart. The crisp monochrome images of Chanarin & Broomberg which accompany all the band's releases provides a metaphor for Woman's Hour's music, their meticulous framing containing a very real sense of soul.

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    Savages & Bo Ningen

    Oval Space, London

    Wednesday 19th November

    A shared passion for pushing the aural envelope bonds Bo Ningen and Savages, two London-based bands who continue their long-standing creative exchange with a unique show this winter. Announced this week, Words To The Blind will see them perform what's described as a simultaneous sonic poem, head-to-head on a u-shaped stage. A tribute to the Dadaists, this promises to be quite unlike anything else they've previously presented.

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    Jamie T

    Tufnell Park Dome, London

    Thursday 7th August

    A handwritten note appeared on Jamie T's website a few days ago which eluded to the singer's first live shows in almost four years. Such was the appetite of his long expectant fans that the gigs in Glasgow, Liverpool and Portsmouth sold out almost immediately, leading to a London date being added at the Tufnell Park Dome. The small run of comeback concerts follow the release of his new single Don't You Find, out at the end of the month.

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    Cate Le Bon présents Mas Mas

    River's Edge, Ceredigion

    Thursday 28th August

    Inspired by years of appearing at other people's festivals Cate Le Bon has decided to organise a get-together of her own, and unsurprisingly she's chosen the bucolic surrounds of West Wales for the setting. Cate joins Turnstile team mate Perfume Genius, Sweet Baboo, H. Hawkline and Euros Child on the beautiful banks of the River Teifi, along with celebrated vinyl fanatics Andy Votel, Pete Fowler and Franz Ferdinand's Paul Thompson.

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    The Hydra: Resident Advisor

    Studio Spaces E1, London

    Friday 22nd August

    Forward thinking promotion team The Hydra hook up with Dance music arbiters Resident Advisor for the first of three parties over the August Bank Holiday, and they've pulled out all the stops with the programming. In the main room Techno titan Carl Craig headlines with support from Zomby and A Made Up Sound, whilst Gilles Peterson, Matthew Herbert and South African House hero Black Coffee bring something a little more leftfield to room two.