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


Recommends returns with another selection of unmissable music. There are remixes for Wild Beasts and Jungle, new long players courtesy of Alt-J and Goat, upcoming concerts from Mos Def and Clint Mansell and a special look around John Peel's record collection. There's also news on some special video Q&As from this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlised artists.

Tracks: Wild Beasts, Jungle, The Staves, The Twilight Sad, Lapalux


Videos: Kate Tempest, Cate Le Bon, William Tyler, Joe Boyd x John Peel


Albums: Alt-J, Goat, Mammal Hands, Redinho


Live: Mos Def, Drill: Brighton, Clint Mansell

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    Barclaycard Mercury Prize Q&A Videos

    Following the announcement of the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year those artists present had to make their way through the media run, an exciting but at times intense experience that can dazzle even the most well-practised stars. Ahead of this we were able to catch up with them in the calmer confines of our own studio where we found out how they were feeling. Subscribe to our YouTube account to watch the videos as they're uploaded.

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    Run The Jewels' Crazy Kickstarter

    With Kickstarter providing an immediate platform for everyone, from those starting out the bottom rung of the ladder to those artists with an already established international audience, it's becoming increasingly difficult to make your presence felt. Run The Jewels have managed to overcome this with a hilarious series of special edition packages for their new album that should have even their stoniest fans in stitches.

  • Wild Beasts


    Foals Remix

    Having forged a strong alliance in the earliest days of their careers Wild Beasts look to Foals for this breathtaking remix of Palace. The Oxonian's overhaul is rich with undulating electronics and awe inspiring arpeggios, all of which build towards a gentle crescendo after six perfectly paced minutes. The remix will feature on a special edition of Present Tense that boasts a whole host of reworks commissioned by the Kendall quartet; East India Youth, Lone, The Field and Factory Floor all contibute to the forthcoming collection.

  • Jungle

    The Heat

    Joy Orbison Remix

    Whilst the initial outings by Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year artists Jungle were cloaked in mystery, Jungle's bid to keep a low profile pales in comparison to that of Joy Orbison, the low-lying Londoner who's public profile following 2009's game changing Hyph Mngo has been scant to say the least. The producer has been uncharacteristically on-radar over the past few months though, first delivering a devastating Essential Selection and most recently reworking The Heat into a slow-burning slice of synth-led House.

  • The Staves

    The Blood I Bled


    The Stavely-Taylor sisters score something of a coup on the forthcoming The Blood I Bled EP, enlisting one of most preeminent presences in contemporary Folk as producer. Justin Vernon has been ceaseless since the sad disbanding of Bon Iver, but despite a bulging diary he still found time to hit the studio with the Watford-born siblings and record the gorgeous four-track collection. The title track is the perfect introduction to the partnership, the girls' beautiful harmonies augmented by Vernon's ear for timeless instrumentation.

  • The Twilight Sad

    Last January

    Fat Cat

    Melancholic rockers The Twilight Sad are most recognisable for sweeping guitars and the rich, resonant vocals of frontman James Graham, though they've always sought to shift the stylistic goalposts on each of their albums with each successive set shifting sideways from its predecessor. Having previously imbued their widescreen songwriting with elements ranging from Folk to Krautrock the quartet sound their most stirring on Last January, the first to appear from Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave.

  • Lapalux

    Movement I, II & III


    British based producer Lapalux continues to capitalise on his creative partnership with LA's genre-defining Brainfeeder label, releasing what might be his most ambitious work to date in Movement. The triptych travels a huge amount of ground in its seven sprawling minutes, evoking ethereal Folk, ambient Electronica and the kind of ear defying, neck snapping beats that have long been the trademark of Flying Lotus's imprint. The track's arrival this week came accompanied by news of an extensive European tour.

  • Kate Tempest


    Directed by Joe Carey

    The insatiable Circles arrives towards the end of Everybody Down, its infectious tempo and catchy chorus helping build towards the album's narrative climax. The brand new video, which was uploaded just after Kate Tempest was announced as an Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year shortlisted artist last week, uses a series of inventive effects as the South London-born bard tries her best to break free from cyclic repetition.

  • Cate Le Bon


    Directed by Casey & Ewan

    Longtime Le Bon affiliates Casey Raymond and Ewan Jones Morris present a brilliant clip that ostensibly starts out as a fly-on-the-wall tour diary but soon descends into what Cate herself describes as "Lord of the Flies… In a Travelodge". Jumping through genres as it unfolds, Duke features footage from a live shows, rehearsal rooms and hotels, with H. Hawkline's stumbling magic and Sweet Baboo's cross dressing providing the laughs along the way.

  • William Tyler

    Missionary Ridge

    Green Man Sessions

    Over the years Green Man Festival has become something of a byword for pastorally paced music, and few artists are able to conjure up images of bucolic idyls as immediately as William Tyler. Following Fat White Family, Women's Hour and Tunng, the Lambchop guitarist visited the improvised studio set up at this year's festival and dazzled with a trademark display of six-string virtuosity, performing music from his latest album Impossible Truth.

  • John Peel's Record Boxes

    Box 1: Joe Boyd

    The John Peel Archive have invited six guest curators to rummage through the late broadcaster's famed record collection and pick a selection of their own personal favourites. The first to assemble a box of tunes is legendary producer Joe Boyd, a long time friend of Peel's, who first discovered Pink Floyd and produced for both Nick Drake and Fairport Convention. A documentary and beautiful website help explore his choices.

  • Alt-J

    This Is All Your


    It was always going to be interesting to hear how Alt-J followed An Awesome Wave, and whilst no one would ever have bet on the Leeds based band's second set treading too much of the same ground as its predecessor, This Is All Yours triumphs in taking their trailblazing sound to new heights. The thrilling dynamics of their debut are muliplied here on an album that sounds arguably more adventurous but interestingly also feels increasingly considered, its sonic shifts softened by a prevailing sense of purpose.

  • Goat


    Rocket Recordings

    The psychedelic Scandinavians behind Goat continue to work the same worldly mine on their second long player as acclaimed debut World Music, albeit with a more adventurous approach and edgier outcome. The heavy tribal rhythms that previously punctuated the collective's Afro-infused Garage Rock are put to the fore where they're left to mingle with experimental outbursts, Indo grooves and spiritual chants, the summation of sounds leaving the listener lost between an imagined past and kaleidoscopic present.

  • Mammal Hands


    Gondwana Records

    Like labelmates GoGo Penguin, Mammal Hands look to Gondwana boss Matthew Halsall for production on their beguiling Animalia. In many ways the album presents a middle ground between Halsall and GoGo Penguin, their meditative music linking the trumpeters endearing love for Spiritual Jazz with the piano trio's rolling dynamics and energetic arrangements. The composite parts work together beautifully here, Jordan Smart's searching saxophone solos constantly propelled forwards by the piano of his brother Nick.

  • Redinho



    Redhino has long been associated with Glasgow's future-proofed party collective Numbers, though it's been four years since the label released new music from the London-living producer. The time's been put to practical use though as Redinho has honed his own unique sound, captured perfectly on his eponymous debut album. Fusing Funkadelic's fascination with vocoders, the bump of early Boogie and the eclecticism of British Electronica, the record owes much to times gone but is also unapologetically of the moment. 

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    Mos Def

    O2 Academy, Leeds

    Friday 21st November

    Mos Def, now known principally as Yasiin Bey, has enjoyed a hugely varied career over the past decade and a half, working as a musician, an actor and an activist. It all started, however, back with his debut album Black On Both Sides, a untouchable set that defined the sound and soul of Hip Hop for the following decade. The rapper will be performing the album in its entirety at three UK shows this winter, tickets go on sale Friday 19th September.

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    Drill: Brighton

    Various Venues, Brighton

    Thursday 4th - Sunday 7th December

    Post Punk forefathers Wire carry a lot of clout with subsequent generations of aural contortionists, as they effortlessly illustrate with the line-up assembled for their Drill weekend in Brighton; the iconic outfit will perform a special one-off show with the similarly seminal Swans, whilst Savages, TOY, Ulrich Schnauss, The Wytches and Italian Horror heroes Goblin will be amongst the 100+ bands who'll be taking a trip to the south coast at the end of the year.

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    Clint Mansell

    Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

    Friday 10th October

    After an early introduction to the music business with Pop Will Eat Itself, Clint Mansell made a quiet diversion into the world of movie soundtracks. Striking a lasting relationship with director Darren Aronofsky the expatriated Midlander has since risen in eminence over the past twenty years to become one of Britain's best regarded composers. Mansell returns to the UK for a short run of shows where he'll be performing a career spanning set of works.