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


Rudimental return in a jam-packed edition of Recommends, which also offers up fresh music from Richard Thompson and Julio Bashmore. There are videos from Mac DeMarco and Skepta, whilst albums are streaming from Eska and Kamasi Washington. Elsewhere there's news on a pair of intimate shows from both Wild Beasts and Battles.

Tracks: Rudimental, Richard Thompson, John Metcalfe, Julio Bashmore, LA Priest


Videos: Skepta, Mac DeMarco, John Peel Record Boxes: Don Letts, Iron & Wine


Albums: Eska, Kamasi Washington, Emika, Peter Broderick


Live: Wild Beasts, Roller Trio, Battles

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    Kate Tempest in the National Portrait Gallery

    The National Portrait Gallery’s new touring exhibition Picture The Poet opens in Lincoln this week, featuring a photograph that's been acquired especially for the occasion. Dav Stewarts’ image of Kate Tempest, which was shot in a makeshift studio in his London flat and used on the cover of her Mercury Prize 'Album of the Year' Everybody Down, will appear alongside portraits of Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage and Benjamin Zephaniah.

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    The Full English's Final Tour

    After a brief two years together Folk supergroup The Full English have revealed details of their final tour. Helmed by Fay Hield and featuring the likes of Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson and Nancy Kerr, the band’s formation coincided with the launch of the EFDSS’s enormous digital archive of traditional English songs. Ahead of the tour, which fittingly finishes at Cecil Sharp House, they detail their fascinating journey with a new documentary.

  • Rudimental

    Never Let You Go

    Asylum Records

    Rudimental make no attempt of concealing their intentions on the ecstatic Never Let You Go, a track that aims itself squarely at the dance with surging bass lines and hands-in-the-air harmonies. Premiered this week by Annie Mac, the quartet’s comeback single will surely become a favourite on the festival circuit this summer, not least at their own Wild Life Festival which they co-curate and headline alongside Disclosure. The party takes place on the first weekend of June, a few days before Never Let You Go’s release.

  • Richard Thompson

    Beatnik Walking


    After five decades of music making and a back catalogue that factors more than forty albums it’s no small accomplishment that Richard Thompson’s latest long-player Still sounds as real and relevant as the classic records he made during the mid-Seventies - something that could in part be attributable to the involvement of Jeff Tweedy. The Wilco lynchpin welcomed the British Folk legend to his Chicago studios, and rather than interfering it seems he was happy to sit back and let Thompson’s music speak itself. 

  • John Metcalfe

    Just Let Go feat. Natasha Khan

    Real World Records

    The list of artists who’ve availed themselves of John Metcalfe’s skills as an arranger over the years is as long as it is illustrious, the likes of Morrisey, Blur and Peter Gabriel all calling on the one-time Durutti Column member for soaring strings and other such things. One of his more recent assignments saw the Factory alumni working on sessions for 2012’s Bat For Lashes album The Haunted Man; Natasha Khan now repays the favour, lending vocals to a track lifted from Metcalfe’s own solo set The Appearance of Colour.

  • Julio Bashmore

    Holding On feat. Sam Dew

    Broadwalk Records

    With it becoming increasingly evident that summer is just around the corner, Julio Bashmore unleashes a sun-soaked slice of soulful House that’s sure to be inescapable by the time the season’s in full swing. Linking with Chicago’s Sam Dew, he of Wale’s Love Hate Thing fame, Bashmore evokes the glory days of French House with a heavily filtered sample of Inner Life & Jocelyn Brown’s string-laden Make It Last Forever. The track is taken from the producer’s freshly announced debut album Kickin’ Boots.

  • LA Priest

    Party Zute / Learning To Love


    Hot on the heels of the decidedly outré Oino comes Party Zute / Learning To Love, the latest cut from former Late Of The Pier frontman Sam Eastgate. Now residing in the rural Welsh borders but recording in locations as far flung as Greenland and New Zealand, Eastgate continues to contort convention with LA Priest, though this new project leans more towards the dance floor than the Indie-led sounds of LOTP. Following low-key gigs this week Sam is now preparing for his first big live show at The Great Escape in Brighton.

  • Skepta


    Directed by Grace Ladoga

    A tune that’s already become something of a radio staple since it first aired in March receives a full and proper release this week, arriving alongside this no-nonsense video featuring the full compliment of Skepta’s monochromatic crew. The Boy Better Know founder and his unruly retinue convene in the iconic court of the Barbican for #Shutdown, a bumping Rags Originale beat that opens with Drake's now infamous "Truss Mi Daddy" sample.

  • Mac DeMarco

    Making of Another One

    This home video from Mac DeMarco packs in everything you’d expect from the ragged trousered troubadour: lots of bad language, plenty of cigarettes and endless helpings of his own incorrigible humour. It also offers an indirect preview of some new material set to feature on his forthcoming mini-album Another One, which sounds like it’ll expand on the groovier moments of Psychedelic Soul that peppered his widely celebrated sophomore set 2.

  • John Peel Record Boxes:

    Don Letts

    Following previous instalments with Joe Boyd and Mala, Don Letts is the latest luminary to be given the run of John Peel’s record collection, picking out a personal selection from the late DJ’s imposing archive. The filmmaker and broadcaster picks a mixed box that tells of Punk and Reggae’s unlikely convergence during the Seventies, with tracks from King Tubby, Aswad, David Bowie, Funkadelic, The Slits and Bob Marley all featured.

  • Iron & Wine

    Everybody’s Summer of 95

    Directed by Erin Elders & Jeff Tomcho

    Sam Beam’s music has always begged for moments of quiet reflection, not least those songs his recent Archive Series Volume No. 1, a compilation of beautifully rough demos drawn from the early 2000s when Beam was first finding his voice as Iron & Wine. The album now serves to soundtrack a short film featuring The Dark Knight’s David Dastmalchian, who looks to amateur wrestling to help break through the monotony of small-town American life.

  • Eska


    Naim Label

    Anticipation for Eska’s debut was on the rise long before the album was even finished; in some cases it started years before the Lewisham-living singer had even commenced studio sessions, given that she first appeared on the scene at the turn of the millennium. The decade she’s spent of working on other people’s projects has clearly coloured Eska’s own creative aims and objectives, all of which are evident on an accomplished set that’s difficult to categorise and immediately absorbing.

  • Kamasi Washington

    The Epic


    Kamasi Washington has long been a fixture on the West Coast Jazz scene, though recently his considerable contributions to Flying Lotus’s You’re Dead and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly have helped establish the saxophonist as a rare talent amongst California’s broader musical community. This tellingly entitled debut album should only serve to highlight this ascension, Washington’s masterful control of a thirty two piece orchestra, twenty strong choir and his own dedicated decimette clear to hear.

  • Emika


    Emika Records

    The search for creative freedom and independence as an artist inspires the third album from Emika, who wrote and recorded the Techno-infused album in isolation over an intense two week period and releases it via her freshly instigated imprint. With Drei, the Berlin-based producer returns to the edgy electronics and vocally inclined arrangements of her eponymous debut, though in applying the same high studio sheen as 2013’s follow-up Dva, this third album feels fully realised and in many ways more accomplished.

  • Peter Broderick

    Colours Of The Night

    Bella Union

    Peter Broderick’s last solo project - an immersive audio-visual piece created with the help of Nils Frahm - proved so demanding on the multi-instrumentalist that he was forced to cancel touring plans and left for a recuperative stay in Lucerne, Switzerland. Whilst there the Oregon native became immersed in a community of musicians and found himself reappraising his own working process, loosening his highly individual stance and allowing others in to help in the realisation of Colours of Night.

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    Wild Beasts

    Summerhall, Edinburgh

    Wednesday 15th July

    The Kendall quintet have kept the diary relatively clear this summer, their only festival appearances being at Suffolk's Latitude Festival and its sister event Longitude in Dublin’s Marlay Park. Fortunately for fans after a more intimate experience' Wild Beasts will be playing two smaller warm-up shows - stopping off first at Summerhall, Edinburgh's newest Arts space. The following evening they cross the border for a gig at the Old Fire Station in Carlisle.

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    Roller Trio

    SUSU Auditorium, Sheffield

    Thursday 14th May

    In an inspired piece of programming that transcends genre and focuses instead on the exciting exchange which live music enables, Roller Trio will be joining Django Django as support on their pending UK tour. This weekend the two bands hit the road for a month long run of shows, the only exception being this date in Sheffield; whilst the Django’s take to the stage at The Plug the Leeds based trio play their own headline show around the corner.

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    The Dome, London

    Wednesday 27th May

    Regarded by many as one of the most engaging live bands to have ever emerged from America’s vibrant experimental underground, Battles have been notable by their absence since the release of Gloss Drop in 2011. Believed to have spent the past year recording a new album, the band have just announced a short run of European festival dates. Before travelling to the continent they’ll also visit London for a tiny show in Tufnell Park.