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


As we come ever closer to the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of Year Awards Show we celebrate with a very special edition of Recommends. Some of this year's shortlisted artists bring you their own recommendations, with Kate Tempest, Anna Calvi, Gogo Penguin and East India Youth amongst those bringing you their favourite new music.

Tracks: GEoRGiA, CHVRCHES, Clark, Om Unit


Videos: Perfume Genius, Future Islands, Jam Baxter, Pond


Albums: Iman Omari, The Flaming Lips, Marianne Faithfull, Scott Walker & sunn o)))


Live: Nik Void, Nick Mulvey, Jon Hopkins, Flying Lotus

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    Barclaycard Mercury Prize Champion Films

    Each week we're uploading new episodes of our Champion Films series, in which trusted tastemakers, respected musicians and music obsessed broadcasters show support for a favourite act or artist shortlisted for the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. This week Sara Cox praises FKA twigs, Jamie T tips his hat to Damon Albarn and Gilles Peterson salutes GoGo Penguin. Visit our YouTube channel to watch the entire series.

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    Barclaycard Mercury Prize

    More4 - Wednesday 29 October - 9.30pm

    The 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show will take place on Wednesday 29 October, with an evening of exclusive live performances at London's iconic Roundhouse venue. More4 will be covering the event on Wednesday with Alice Levine on hand to present. Tune in from 9.30pm to catch all the action and find out this who'll be this year's winner. Full Awards Show coverage will be on Channel 4 on Friday 31 October at 11.40pm.

  • GEoRGiA

    Be Ache

    Recommended by Kate Tempest

    Georgia Barnes unveiled the Come In EP earlier this summer, though despite it being her first official release the young Londoner has long been active amid a forward facing community of musicians thriving in the Capital. As a drummer Georgia's been a permanent fixture in Kwes's band whilst also augmenting the live line-ups of JUCE, Fimber Bravo and Kate Tempest; as a producer GEoRGiA's technicolour fusion of futuristic Pop and exciting experimentalism equals anything by her many game-changing peers.


    Get Away

    Radio 1 Rescores: Drive

    Zane Lowe has called on his enviable list of contacts to help with this ambitious project, a cinematic experiment in which fourteen acts help rework the soundtrack to contemporary cult classic Drive. Foals, Bring Me The Horizon, Eric Prydz, Laura Mvula and SBTRKT are amongst the eclectic array of artists involved, but the first to preview their own interpretation are CHVRCHES, their predilection for sharp synths and climactic songwriting proving a perfect fit for Nicolas Winding Refn's modern-day masterpiece.

  • Clark


    Recommended by GoGo Penguin

    The listening habits of GoGo Penguin have been integral in shaping the band's own unique sound, their deep love of cutting edge Dance music adding a completely new dynamic to the classic piano trio format. The band's selection for this week's Recommends is entirely in-keeping with their shared ear for repetitive rhythms as they suggest the most recent offering from Clark, a producer whose restless evolution over the past fifteen years has come to represent everything that's exciting in indigenous electronic music.

  • Om Unit

    The War ft. Jehst


    Three separate but wholly symbiotic strands of the UK underground entwine on The War, a menacing new production from Om Unit. Featuring bars from Jehst and released on Goldie's iconic Metalheadz imprint, the track draws a seamless, speaker-shaking line between Drum & Bass's intellectual reawakening of the mid-Nineties, the street level energy that propelled UK Hip Hop throughout the Noughties and the all-encompassing spectrum of influence that currently informs Britain's world-leading Bass fraternity.

  • Perfume Genius


    Recommended by Anna Calvi

    Journeys of self-discovery are central to the songwriting of Mike Hadreas, which may explain why Anna Calvi - another artist whose emotional candour can prove utterly consuming - recommends this latest video from Perfume Genius. In the clip Hadreas quite literally confronts his demons, who true to his own glorious style favour sparkling morphsuits over the dark garbs usually donned by those characters representing the repressed inner-self.

  • Future Islands

    4AD Sessions

    Directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

    Hot on the heels of their celebrated celluloid exploration of Nick Cave, the brilliant 20,000 Days On Earth, directorial duo Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard now present a much more orthodox piece of filmmaking. The pair recently set up in a studio in London's East End with Future Islands - arguably one of this year's biggest breakthrough bands and a thrilling live proposition - to record this stunning session featuring a full string quartet and brass section.

  • Jam Baxter


    Recommended by Kate Tempest

    Having cut her teeth in Hip Hop Kate Tempest is well versed in those lyricists making waves around the UK, and for this special Recommends shares a video from a most distinctive homegrown talent. Jam Baxter's understated enunciation, quietly clever turns of phrase and darkly humorous punchlines are all turned up on Brains, which whilst now a year or two old happily captures the High Focus and SMB man at his most original and entertaining.

  • Pond

    Elvis' Flaming Star

    Directed by Pond

    When they're not busy with bringing Psychedelic Rock into the 21st Century with Tame Impala the members of Pond spend much of their spare time making music that's a little more instinctive and doubly adventurous. Having formed around the same time as Kevin Parker first assembled Tame Impala, Pond have already recorded and released five albums and pave the way for their sixth set Man It Feels Like Space Again with this colourful new clip.

  • Iman Omari

    Vibe Tape +++ (3)

    Recommended by Seb Rochford

    Whilst Polar Bear's Seb Rochford figures as one of the most prolific presences on the UK's peerless Jazz scene the drummer has never made any secret of his love of Hip Hop, something that's inspired many of his own mixtapes and collaborations with homegrown MCs like Jyager and Mikill Pane. It also informs his recommendation of Iman Omari, an emerging West Coast producer whose skewed beats are rich with the left-of-centre stance so apparent in all the beat-led music currently emanating out of Los Angeles.

  • The Flaming Lips

    With A Little Help From My Fwends

    Warner Bros.

    Having previously recorded classic albums by King Crimson, Pink Floyd and The Stone Roses, Wayne Coyne and his wide-eyed associates now focus on an all-time classic, The Beatles' Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Whilst many a music fan would consider this blasphemy, the famously unhinged approach employed by The Flaming Lips and their 'fwends' (an unlikely cast that ranges from My Morning Jacket to Miley Cyrus) chimes harmoniously with the creative ambition and artistic ideals of the era-defining original.

  • Marianne Faithfull

    Give My Love To London

    Recommended by Anna Calvi

    Now in her fiftieth year of making records Marianne Faithfull is far from mellowing with age. On her latest long player the singer surrounds herself with some of modern music's most adamant artists, with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Portishead's Adrian Utley, Steve Earle and Anna Calvi (who puts forwards Give My Love To London for this special edition of Recommends) all helping bring a burning resonance to the songs. Dark, seductive and real, Faithful's twentieth studio album finds the singer at her most engrossing.

  • Scott Walker & Sunn o)))



    Two cryptic presences join forces on a near hour-long behemoth that through sheer sonic breadth alone now stands as one of the most ambitious outings from either party. On one side Scott Walker, a Sixties icon reborn as an unflinchingly modern artist and fearless sound sculptor. On the other, pioneers of abstract Metal and Drone Sunn o))), who provide Walker with his perfect raw materials. Together they push the aural envelope to its limits whilst cleverly - and covertly - adhering to the strict rules of songwriting.

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    Nik Void

    Birthdays, London

    Recommended by East India Youth

    William Doyle's tip off for this week's Recommends is a live show arranged by those online arbiters of all things outré The Quietus, who interestingly launched their own record label with an early work by Doyle's East India Youth project. The show features Factory Floor's own doyenne of deconstruction Nik Void, whose solo shows take the audience on a thrilling trip that moves through abstraction, improvisation and industrial rhythm.

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    Nick Mulvey

    Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

    Friday 31st October

    After first honing his songs at informal open mic spots Nick Mulvey has recently found himself performing before ever increasing crowds, only this week taking to the stage of Shepherd's Bush Empire. He finishes his current UK run at the end of the month in Nottingham, and with a new tour booked in for next year including a spot at The Roundhouse this Resue Rooms show might be the songsmith's last on a small stage for quite some time. 

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    Jon Hopkins

    The Dome, Brighton

    Recommended by GoGo Penguin

    If Immunity was the sound of Jon Hopkins transferring his broad experience onto the dance floor, the last year of live shows have seen the producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist bring the excitement of the club into the concert hall. After a succession of critically acclaimed live performances Hopkins last appearances of 2014 with a full band take place in December, with shows in Brighton and Manchester's Warehouse Project.

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    Flying Lotus

    Albert Hall, Manchester

    Saturday 18th April

    Following the fervent response that met Flying Lotus's latest long player You're Dead, expect tickets for his recently announced pair of UK shows to disappear long before next spring. The polymath producer, who visits London next month for a long sold out album launch party (his only european appearance this year), will bring his full live band to Manchester's beautiful Albert Hall after another show the night before at the O2 Brixton Academy.