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


A substantial selection of great music awaits in this week's Recommends. SBTRKT teams up with Vampire Weekend whilst The Ravonettes make a surprise return, brilliant new videos from Bastille and Basement Jaxx both appear and there are albums from Shabazz Palaces and Ginger Baker. Elsewhere there's news on shows from Jessie Ware and Mount Kimbie.

Tracks: SBTRKT, The Ravonettes, Courtney Barnett, Airhead


Videos: Bastille, Basement Jaxx, Mac Demarco, Erlend Øye, Palmistry


Albums: Shabazz Palaces, Ginger Baker, Lawrence English


Live:  Jessie Ware, Mount Kimbie, The Acid Mothers Temple, The Warehouse Project

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    Alt-J Score Short Film

    Alt-J's Joe Newman and Gus Unger-Hamilton have found time away from forthcoming album This Is All Yours to write and perform the soundtrack to Wander With Me, an effecting new a film from up-and-coming filmmaker Jon E Price. The super-stylised, sepia-toned short follows two young Mods as they silently contemplate their fate at the water's edge of a rundown seaside town, the score providing a perfect match to the nostalgic feel of the film. 

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    Arcade Fire Meet The LCO

    Experimental doyenne and sometime Joe Goddard collaborator Mara Carlyle provided listeners of BBC Radio 3's Late Junction with a real treat this week, as she brought together members of Arcade Fire with the London Contemporary Orchestra. Composer Richard Reed Parry, who's also the brains behind Bell Orchestre, and violinist Sarah Neufeld performed a piece written around the human heart beat, conceived especially for the event.


    New Dorp. New York ft. Ezra Koening

    Young Turks

    After teasing fans with a series of instrumental workouts, SBTRKT now releases the line-up for his feature-heavy sophomore set Wonder Where We Land. As may have been expected, longtime cohort Sampha features heavily - but there are also spots from Warpaint, Koreless, A$AP Ferg and Andrew Ashong. Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koening also appears, his cool delivery sitting perfectly on the unconventional bounce of New Dorp. New York. Annie Mac premiered the track this week whilst sitting in for Zane Lowe.

  • The Ravonettes


    Beat Dies Records

    Danish Indie darlings The Ravonettes surprised their loyal listenership this week with the sudden release of seventh album Pe'ahi. Having found themselves immersed in California's surf culture the duo decided it was time to leave the beach behind and devote themselves to the studio, working twelve hour days and delivering a finished record in just four months. This intensity certainly shines through on the impactive Sisters, one of two tracks the band started streaming with the album's unannounced arrival earlier this week.

  • Courtney Barnett

    Pickles In The Jar

    Milk! Records

    Impish antipodean Courtney Barnett has capitalised on the success of her breakout single Avant Gardener, spending the best part of the last year touring the world with her backing band The Courtney Barnetts. Presumably it was a stay in LA that inspired Pickles In The Jar, a new track in which the singer details the many differences between herself and an unnamed West Coast native, all delivered in her brilliant deadpan style. The track features on a new 10" compilation Barnett will be releasing on her own Milk! Records.

  • Airhead


    1-800 Dinosaur

    James Blake and Rob McAndrews have been friends since childhood, and it's the depth of this relationship that's provided the foundation for their ongoing musical exchange. After first working together on Pembroke, a sparse exploration of electronic emotion released in early 2010, the pair have continued to collaborate, both in the studio and onstage. McAndrews, a permanent fixture of Blake's live band, offers up four club-facing cuts on a new EP set for release on his close contemporary's 1-800 Dinosaur label.

  • Bastille


    Directed by Austin Peters

    Actress Sophie Turner is usually seen sporting the flowing robes of Sansa Stark, but in this latest video for Bastille the Game of Thrones actress dons a bomber jacket and trades in the wilds of Westeros for the thrills and spills of a stock car race track. Nervous with the prospect of performing, the flaxen-haired star starts the race meet with a lip-synced rendition of Oblivion before getting behind the wheel and taking part in a Demolition Derby.

  • Basement Jaxx

    Never Say Never

    Directed by Saman Kesh

    In his video for Never Say Never Saman Kesh, the director responsible for Placebo's brilliant Unfortunate Details experiment, looks to a dystopian future where mankind's increasing inability to dance is threatening the very essence of life itself. Fortunately the secretive scientists at Jaxx Industries decide to take matters into their own hands, and over the course of a few years develop a fully automated derrière that promises to get the world twerking again.

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    An Evening With Mac Demarco

    Crack Magazine

    The lo-fi fuzz and soulful swing of Mac Demarco's three albums have won the young Canadian an ever increasing clan of fans, though a tireless touring schedule and incorrigible onstage presence have certainly played a massive part in his transition from underground favourite to mainstream contender. Crack Magazine now capture some of this magic after spending the day with the ragged troubadour ahead of a recent sell-out show at London's KOKO.

  • Erlend Oye


    Directed by Michael Beech

    With Kings Of Convenience on a seemingly permanent hiatus and his other group Whitest Boy Alive recently disbanded, Erlend Øye now has sufficient time to concentrate on his own solo musings, and plots towards the release of long player Legao later on in the year. Ahead of the album he now drops the impossibly romantic video for Garota, a beautifully composed clip which follows the Bergen native falling in love with a fellow musician on a trip to Seoul.

  • Palmistry

    Protector SE5

    Directed by Benjy Keating

    London-living producer and songwriter Palmistry (a.k.a Benjy Keating) presents a cryptic clip for recent single Protector SE5, a haunting piece of ultra-modern Pop music that counters ethereal electronic production with a subtle Dancehall step. Much like the song itself his accompanying video employs a minimalist approach, with the action limited to a shadowy figure standing ominously still, bedecked in a futuristic boiler suit and a balaclava.

  • Shabazz Palaces

    Lese Majesty

    Sub Pop

    Avant Rap experimentalist Ishmael Butler unleashes his third album under the Shabazz Palaces moniker, and whilst the set achieves the impressive task of ranking as his most unconventional to date it's also the former Digable Planets frontman's most engrossing. Whilst there's little to link Lese Majesty with America's current crop of Hip Hop favourites, the record's astral-gazing afrocentrism and unwavering individuality puts it in line with a long lineage of artists whose abstract tendencies have always helped keep the art form fresh.

  • Ginger Baker


    Motema Music

    Whilst he'll always be synonymous with the legendary generation that transformed Rock, Ginger Baker has most lately found recognition for his work in the world of Jazz, with the feature documentary Beware of Mr Baker and a handful of UK shows with his band Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion introducing him to a new set of listeners. This reappraisal seems to have inspired a return to the studio as the drummer records for the first time in sixteen years, capturing eight instalments of free flowing, Afro-inspired Jazz.

  • Lawrence English

    Wilderness of Mirrors


    In the artful world of Drone, Lawrence English is not only a producer but a proud proponent, heading up the Room40 imprint which over the course of fourteen years has become an invaluable outlet for fans of music from the margins. The Brisbane-based musician displays a deft understanding of aural dynamics on latest long player Wilderness of Mirrors, an all-consuming collage of sound that takes composition to a creative extreme. Discordant and harmonious, unsettling and exhilarating, this is music without boundaries.

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    Jessies Ware

    St. John at Hackney, London

    Thursday 2nd October

    There's little doubting Jessie Ware's imminent new album Tough Love will help propel the singer towards even greater things, but in the down-to-earth manner that's been her trademark since day one, the singer starts the campaign with a short series of intimate shows. Appointments in the UK take her to London's St John at Hackney and the beautiful Manchester Cathedral, but a ballot for the chance to get hold of the super limited tickets will close on Monday 28th July.

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    Mount Kimbie

    CONS Project, London

    Thursday 31st July

    For the past ten weeks Converse have been bringing all manner of music to a former industrial space in South East London, but now the music-loving footwear specialists are set to bring their CONS project to a close with a veritable feast for the electronically minded. Local residents Mount Kimbie play a free live show with specially commissioned visual accompaniment and DJ support from Lil Silva, Deadboy and Numbers head honcho Spencer.

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    The Acid Mothers Temple

    Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

    Monday 25th August

    There are more than thirty members associated with The Acid Mothers Temple, but Kawabata Makoto's centrifugal force is key to the collective's continued existence. Whilst various incarnations of the band have operated under different Acid Mothers monikers, this special UK tour sees Makoto reunite The Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Parasio UFO, whose debut in 1997 provided the cosmic retinue with their first landmark release.

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    The Warehouse Project

    Store Street, Manchester

    Saturday 27th September - Thursday 1st January

    After a brief relocation to Trafford Park, The Warehouse project will return to its spiritual home beneath Piccadilly Station for a one-off season starting this coming September. As has come to be expected from the Mancunian institution the calendar for 2014 is little short of incredible, with some of the best respected names from every field of Dance music given charge of the curation. Tickets for all of this year's parties go on sale on Friday 25th July.