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


As Young Fathers are announced as the winners of the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, Recommends continues to offer up even more exciting sounds emerging this week as Interpol, Deptford Goth, Belle & Sebastian, Lone, Dutch Uncles Sleaford Mods and FKA Twigs are amongst those featured. Don't forget that you can watch the full Awards Show coverage on Friday 31 October at 11.40pm on Channel 4. 

Tracks: Interpol, Dutch Uncles, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Bug vs. Earth, Ghost Writerz


Videos: FKA Twigs, Lone, OK Go, Sleaford Mods


Albums: Deptford Goth, The Twilight Sad, Les Sins, The Grip


Live: Belle & Sebastian, The Pictish Trail & Sweet Baboo, 75 Years of Blue Note

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    Barclaycard Mercury Prize

    Channel 4 - Friday 31 October - 11.40pm

    Congratulations to all the acts and artists involved in the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, especially to the brilliant Young Fathers who were named the winners for their thrilling debut 'Dead'. You can catch the show, which featured live performances from all this year's shortlisted artists, courtesy of Channel 4. Coverage from the show starts at 11.40pm on Friday 31st October.

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    Young Fathers Mixtape

    Just days before they were awarded the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Young Fathers were asked by Indie arbiters Drowned In Sound to create a mixtape that reflected their many and varied influences. As their brilliant debut Dead displays so perfectly the trio call on a huge range of styles and sounds, many of which appear here; tune in for a selection that spans The Fat White Family, Jai Paul, Popcaan, Lil B, Tinariwen, Mykki Blanco and more.

  • Interpol

    My Desire

    Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve Re-Animation

    After returning from hiautus with engrossing overhauls for Phantasy's Daniel Avery and Psyche revivalists Temples, Erol Alkan and studio stalwart Richard Norris offer up another treat under their Beyond The Wizards' Sleeve guise. This time they turn their attention to Interpol, another act enjoying something of a renaissance in the wake of their critically acclaimed comeback El Pintor. Fizzing with acidic synths and a bubbling Balearic pulse, the re-animation strips away the original's sharp edges and sends the track spacewards.

  • Dutch Uncles

    In N Out

    Memphis Industries

    Manchester's Dutch Uncles mark the announcement of third album O Shudder, sessions for which saw them return to the studio with GoGo Penguin producer Brendan Williams, with brand new track In N Out. If the impulsive rhythms and catchy choruses are indicative of things to come the quintet's new set might just stand as one of the their most accessible outings so far, though thankfully the clever Pop constructs have done little to dull the spiky esotericism the band mastered on last year's Out of Touch in the Wild. 


  • Corrine Bailey Rae


    After keeping a relatively low profile since the release of her stunning 2010 sophomore set The Sea, Corrine Bailey Rae makes a welcome return with a lilting cover of Paul McCartney's Band On The Run ballad Bluebird. The singer first started recording the track way back in 2003, before her million-selling self-titled debut had made her a household name on both sides of the Atlantic, but it's only now that it sees light of day as part of a star-studded covers compilation celebrating the former Beatle's songbook.

  • The Bug vs. Earth


    Ninja Tune

    Aside from appearances by longtime allies Flowdan and Warrior Queen, Kevin Martin's latest long player Angels & Devils found the producer working with a new cast of collaborators, all of whom brought something fresh to the record's contrasting cohesion of ethereal ambience and industrial strength bass. One studio date, however, proved far too powerful to appear alongside the rest of the sessions and as such receives it's own separate release. Boa finds Martin trading cacophonous blows with Drone Metal don Dylan Carson.

  • Ghost Writerz

    Back It Up feat. G.O.L.D & Shiffa Dan

    Sharp And Ready

    The bubbling Back It Up heralds the arrival of Sharp And Ready, a new partnership from endearing independent label Tru Thoughts and sound system specialist and Congo Natty cohort Jean-Claude 'Lionbeat' Charnier. The label is set to celebrate a thriving new generation of UK based sound systems that, whilst still recognising the speaker staples of Dub, Reggae and Dancehall, incorporate Jungle, Hip Hop, Grime all all points in between to create a sound that's original, indigenous and absolutely infectious.

  • FKA Twigs

    Video Girl

    Directed by Kahlil Joseph

    Much of FKA Twigs visual output to date has countered unsettling elements with the singer's own natural elegance, and the chromatic clip for Video Girl is no exception; in fact the stark setting and challenging subject matter make for what might be her most challenging video yet. The promo, directed by FlyLo affiliate Kahlil Joseph, premiered hours ahead of FKA Twigs' performance at the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year Award Show.

  • Lone

    Restless City

    Directed by RUFFMERCY and Patch D. Keys

    Lone teams up with Bristol based animator RUFFMERCY and his illustrative foil Patch D. Keys for Restless City, the latest single lifted from the producer's celebrated Reality Testing long player. Having previously provided visuals for Run The Jewels, Blue Daisy and Wiley, the two pencil squeezers now echo Cutler's own creative approach as they pull influences from across the decades and piece them together in a manner that's utterly of the moment.

  • OK Go

    I Won't Let You Down

    Directed by Morihiro Harano

    Expectations are exceeded once again as OK Go add another eye-defying chapter to their unassailable videography. After the analogous illusions of The Writing's On The Wall the band now turn to the very latest technology for I Won't Let You Down. The incredible one-shot clip uses drone mounted cameras, Honda's brand new self-balancing robotic unicycles and hundreds of umbrella wielding dancers, all choreographed to split-second perfection.

  • Sleaford Mods


    Directed by James Turner

    The unrelenting rise of Sleaford Mods is firmly rooted at street level, with word of mouth recommendation and a constant stream of releases winning the Notts duo growing legions of fans from all over the UK. One proud proponent of the band's caustic polemics and no frills production is Geoff Barrow, who's issued their latest EP, Tiswas, through his ever-outré Invada imprint. The EP arrives in November, just as they finish off a tour supporting The Specials.

  • Deptford Goth



    Deptford Goth's debut Life After Defo showed there was a whole lot more to Daniel Woolhouse's music than had originally been hinted towards by a handful of eagerly received early online demos. Whereas that first album highlighted a songwriter with innate sensitivity and a considered touch, it's successor, the tellingly entitled Songs, finds Woolhouse fully embracing his talent for heartfelt composition, each of its eleven tracks presenting a tender collision of smart, synthesised sounds and very real human emotion.

  • The Twilight Sad

    Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave

    Fat Cat Records

    There's an ambitious arc to the the three previous albums from The Twilight Sad, the Lanarkshire trio having pursued a shifting array of styles in a bid to find an authorial voice that feels as distinct to them as the vocals of frontman James Graham. With Nobody… they seem to have struck at the very heart of their sound, and whilst the expansiveness may challenge those unfamiliar with their output thus far, for the fans that have shared the journey the album offers one of their most complete and compelling bodies of work.

  • Les Sins


    Company Records

    Chas Bundwick has covered a lot of stylistic ground since Toro Y Moi first became a name to know about, moving from the lo-fi Pop of his earliest outings to the masterful arrangements and classic songwriting mindset that developed on Underneath The Pine and Anything In Return. On the latter of these two collections Bundwick hinted towards an appetite for Dance music which he fully satisfies with side project Les Sins, mixing all manner of tempos and tropes with an unassuming charisma that's become his calling card.

  • The Grip


    Slowfoot Records

    Three players figurative to the Capital's left leaning Jazz contingent come together to celebrate their shared love of instinctive music, joining the between Free Jazz, Hard Bop and Deep Funk. Having previously played together in a number of outfits Finn Peters, Oren Marshall and Tom Skinner converse fluently as The Grip, the unique combination of saxophone, tuba and drums (respectively) giving the music the right amount of lightness to move freely but enough weight to carry the all important groove.

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    Belle & Sebastian

    St David's Hall, Cardiff

    Sunday 3rd May

    Eternal Indie darlings Belle & Sebastian recently returned from Atlanta where they were putting the finishing touches to ninth album Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance. Having wrapped up recording the band started the ball rolling towards release this week by airing first single The Party Line and announcing a huge run of shows for next Spring. Running all the way through May the tour kicks off in Cardiff, with tickets on sale from Friday 1st November.

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    Sweet Baboo & The Pictish Trail

    Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate

    Thursday 27th November

    Former Fence Collective fulcrum Johnny Lynch (The Pictish Trail) and Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo) take off on a "canter around the counties for a relatively seasonal co-headline tour". Having both been busy in the studio of late - Black penning the follow-up to Ships, Lynch working once again with Silver Columns partner Adem Ilhan - this comprehensive run of dates should give the two Moshi Moshi mainstays an opportunity to stretch their legs.

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    Celebrating 75 Years of Blue Note Records

    Royal Festival Hall, London

    Saturday 22nd November

    Not only would it be impossible to present a full history of a label as statured and storied as Blue Note during the course of one evening, the very notion of looking backwards would belie the sense of adventure that's pervaded since its inception in 1939. Much more fitting then that two of the coolest characters currently calling Blue Note home - pianists Jason Moran and Robert Glasper - should come together to recite their own version of the story so far.