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


This week's Recommends is a feast of new music, featuring tracks from Paul Weller and Django Django alongside albums from Kelis and Eels. There's also a lovely new video from Jamie xx,  a collaboration from Daphni and Owen Pallett, footage from a Sufjan Stevens scored ballet and news on live shows from Linda Perhacs and The Stepkids. 

Tracks: Django Django, Daphni & Owen Pallett, Paul Weller, Taylor McFerrin


Videos: Jamie xx, Blood Orange, Royce Wood Junior, Everywhere We Go


Albums: Kelis, Eels, Denovali Swingfest, Medeski Martin & Wood + Nels Cline


Live: Glass Animals, Liverpool Sound City, Linda Perhacs, The Stepkids

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    The UK's Best Record Shops

    This weekend will see music fans waking up and bright and early to beat the queues for Record Store Day. The annual event always attracts an incredible amount of attention and puts the spotlight on those labels still committed to vinyl releases, but just as important as the records are the shops themselves. Fortunately for those who are new to the vinyl bug, Gigwise have taken it upon themselves to list seventeen of the the UK's finest disc emporiums.

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    The Exponential Horn

    The UK's largest ever audio speaker, once thought lost for ever, has been reconstructed and is now being installed at the Science Museum. The original Denman Horn, which was commissioned by the museum in the 1930's and covered an impressive 27ft, has been painstakingly recreated by artist Aleksander Kolkowski. The Exponential Horn: In Search of Perfect Sound opens next month, supported by a wide ranging schedule of events.

  • Django Django

    Porpoise Song

    Late Night Tales

    With every new chapter of Late Night Tales there comes a specially commissioned cover version, an initiative that over the past decade has seen Four Tet tackling Jimi Hendrix, Metronomy channeling Jean Michel Jarre and most recently Bonobo revisiting Donovan. The next selection in the series comes courtesy of Django Django, a band well known for their wide reaching taste in music and all consuming love of vinyl. They pick a peach in Porpoise Song, a psychedelic highlight from The Monkees' cult film Head.

  • Daphni & Owen Pallett



    Dan Snaith started working under the Daphni guise not long after releasing the last Caribou album Swim, a celebrated set that introduced touches of Techno to the producer's heady blend of sounds. As Daphni, Snaith has further explored the dancefloor, and goes deeper than he's been before, on a new double sided release featuring fellow Canadian Owen Pallett. The Arcade Fire and Beruit composer lends an elegant urgency to the two bass heavy cuts, the scratches and scrapes of his violin sounding most frenetic on Julia.

  • Paul Weller

    Brand New Toy

    Virgin EMI

    When Paul Weller released Modern Classics towards the end of the Nineties, the compilation told of an artist who'd become almost emblematic of the era, his involvement in both Acid Jazz and Brit Pop largely unmatched in terms of influence. Now a forthcoming follow-up, More Modern Classics, picks up where its predecessor left off and over the course of 20 tracks illustrates what a consistently progressive force Weller has been over the past fifteen years. Brand New Toy is one of two new tracks that appear on the collection.

  • Taylor McFerrin feat. Nai Palm

    The Antidote


    Lush instrumentation and ambient textures intertwine on this latest offering from Brooklyn-based musician Taylor McFerrin. Following in the footsteps of Brainfeeder alumni Flying Lotus and Thundercat, McFerrin draws from a background in Jazz, forging foundation sounds with the abstract electronics that have long been the LA imprint's trademark. The fusion is most prominent on The Antidote, a hazy dream of a track that features Hiatus Kaiyote's Nai Palm and precedes Taylor's keenly anticipated debut album Early Riser.

  • Jamie xx

    Sleep Sound

    Directed by Sofia Mattioli

    A chance encounter on a train helped sew a seed of inspiration for Sofia Mattioli; whilst listening to headphones on a train and losing herself in the music, a deaf girl approached Sofia and told her she could feel the music through watching her movements. This prompted a project with the Manchester Deaf Centre, whose members dance along with the charismatic artist in the touching video for Sleep Sound.

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    Uncle ACE (Kindness Remix ft. Robert Owens)

    Directed by Adam Bainbridge

    The last time Devonté Hynes called on Kindness's Adam Bainbridge to direct a video the pair set off in search of Hynes' family in Guyana, the subsequent footage featuring in the promo for Chamakay. Again, Dev's roots are the inspiration behind this new clip for Uncle ACE, the Cupid Deluxe cut that Kindness reworked with legendary vocalist Robert Owens. The Fingers Inc. man joins his young peers as they walk about Hynes' hometown of Ilford.

  • Royce Wood Junior


    Directed by Jonny Epstein

    Two young talents who've been on the tip of tastemaker tongues for the past few months join forces on Hardly, a beautifully skewed slice of Neo Soul that feels perfectly paced for the current sunshine. Royce Wood Junior, a longtime friend of Jamie Woon and affiliate of the One Taste Collective, hands over a huge chunk of the vocal duties to rising star Rosie Lowe, their sugar-sweet harmonies bouncing around Wood's irresistibly off-kilter production.

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    New Music by Sufjan Stevens

    New Ballet by Justin Peck

    Sufjan Stevens and Justin Peck first worked together on Year of the Rabbit, a stirring piece that matched Stevens' all-string score to a ballet so inventive it quickly confirmed Peck as one of America's most promising choreographers. The two will premiere their latest effort next month when the New York City Ballet perform Everywhere We Go, an ambitious piece built around nine-movement orchestral score penned by the Illinois native.

  • Kelis


    Ninja Tune

    Reinvention is one of the key ingredients to musical longevity and Kelis has always kept plenty in store, the spirit of progression present from her earliest outings with The Neptunes to the tracks that all but defined mid-Noughties R&B. The Harlem born singer sounds more confident than ever on her sixth album Food, the culinary indebted collection benefits from the finely tuned ear of Dave Sitek, whose own special sauce adds spice to Food's Funk-infused Pop.

  • Eels

    The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett

    E Works

    Despite Eels classic debut Beautiful Freak nudging towards its twentieth anniversary, five of Mark Oliver Everett's subsequent ten albums have been released in a flurry of activity that began with 2009's Hombre Lobo. This prolific patch now proffers what must be the singer-songwriter's most personal body of work, a self-referencing collection that's as painfully honest as it is carefully crafted. Gorgeous arrangements melt away into moments of near silence, the contrast heightening the emotion of his heart-on-sleeve lyricism.

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    Denovali Swingfest 2014

    This weekend Denovali Records bring their Swingfest to London, taking over Cafe Oto and Village Underground for two nights of unparalleled experimental music from all across Europe. Friday finds Ulrich Schnauss, The Haxan Cloak and Basic Channel luminaries Porter Ricks pushing the electronic envelope, whilst Saturday focuses on sparse, classically intoned music with a rare appearance from Piano Interrupted amongst the highlights. All those performing feature on this compilation, an eclectic and engaging listen that should prove the perfect primer for a weekend of great music.

  • Medeski, Martin & Wood + Nels Cline

    The Woodstock Sessions

    Woodstock Sessions

    When Wilco guitarist Nels Cline first sat in with Avant Jazz perennials MMW during a show at the Blue Note club in New York, all four musicians were immediately surprised by the instant chemistry. Buoyed by the exchange they made plans to do the same again, in the words of John Medeski "to solidify the fact that it wasn't just a fluke". Having proved their point they then set about recording an album, though rather than confine themselves to a studio they recorded two improvised sets before a specially invited audience.

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    Glass Animals

    The Lantern, Bristol

    Monday 16th June

    Of the many bands emerging from Oxford's unfeasibly vibrant music community, few are evoking the same kind of excitement as Glass Animals, a quartet of friends whose amalgam of Indie, Electronica and R&B has been honed under the guiding hand of producer Paul Epworth. With a busy summer of festival slots booked in and a debut album expected to drop imminently the band stop off in Bristol before their appearance at James Lavelle's Meltdown.

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    Liverpool Sound City

    Various Venues, Liverpool

    Thursday 1st - Saturday 3rd May

    Now the UK's largest metropolitan music and arts festival, Liverpool Sound City presents its biggest line up to date this year. Whilst there are more than enough household names heading up the bill - Gruff Rhys, The Hold Steady, Jon Hopkins - the festival continues to be a staunch supporter of up and coming talent, with The Wytches, Superfood, Royal Blood, Pins, Fat White Family, Jungle and Moko amongst the hundreds of bands visiting the city.

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    Linda Perhacs

    Union Chapel, London

    Sunday 1st June

    After forty years away from music, Linda Perhacs is now becoming the subject of some long overdue attention thanks to The Soul of All Natural Things, her first album since 1970's overlooked Folk opus Parallelograms. After a spellbinding visit to Cecil Sharp House last December the Californian singer returns to the UK for a couple of shows, starting at the Union Chapel. She then plays in the more homely surrounds of Leeds' Brudenell Social Club.

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    The Stepkids

    Bush Hall, London

    Thursday 26th June

    Stones Throw's psychedelic Soul specialists hit the UK for a standalone show in West London this Summer, no doubt bringing with them the full range of eye popping projections that always make their live appearances so memorable. The band, who released their second album Troubadour last Autumn, have spent the months since living as studio guns for hire, lending their musical muscle to Pharaoh Monch and appearing alongside Stevie Wonder.