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


Lianne La Havas and Prince team up on this week's Recommends, as do sonic scientists Scott Walker and Sunn O))). There's some great viewing courtesy of Action Bronson and Little Dragon, whilst albums from Interpol and Roman Flügel are streaming online. Elsewhere there's news on forthcoming concerts from The Horrors and Outfit.

Tracks: Prince, LV & Joshua Idehen, Mark Lanegan Band, Emile Haynie


Videos: Little Dragon, Esben & The Witch, Scott Walker + Sunn O))), Action Bronson


Albums: Interpol, Real World 25, Homeboy Sandman, Roman Flügel


Live: The Horrors, Watch The Skies!, Outfit, Antemasque

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    We Buy White Albums

    American artist Rutherford Chang takes compulsive collecting to new heights in an installation he's brought to Liverpool's International Music Festival, We Buy White Albums. Over the past eight years he's amassed more than 1000 copies of The Beatles' White Album, and in displaying and playing them together in a makeshift shop he celebrates the many vinyl nuances that only come with time. Drowned In Sound went to Liverpool to find out more.

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    Kate Bush: Before The Dawn

    This week saw Kate Bush make her return to the live stage, a momentous occasion for any music fan but a once in a lifetime experience for those lucky enough to get tickets. Within hours of the final curtain newspapers from all around the world began filing reviews of the show, all of which sang the praises of a unique performance that mixed theatre and music. The Guardian has collected many of these reviews together in one handy article.

  • Prince

    Clouds (feat. Lianne La Havas)

    NPG Records

    It became clear Prince had found an accomplice in Lianne La Havas when he held a press conference in the singer's living room at the start of the year. Since then the Purple One has been little short of prolific, playing surprise shows all over the world and most recently telling of two new albums due for release on the same day in September. Lianne joins in on a duet for Clouds, her innate sense of groove providing a perfect compliment to the Boogie-tinged jam.

  • Emile Haynie

    A Kiss Goodbye

    feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dev Hynes and Sampha

    Though his discography has been largely devoted to more mainstream concerns - he's previously provided beats to Kanye West, Lana Del Ray and, most recently, Eminem and Sia - super producer Emile Haynie now hooks up with three artists who each epitomise independent music at its coolest. Celebrated chanteuse Charlotte Gainsbourg plays backing singer whilst Dev Hynes takes a minute away from his Blood Orange project to lend guitar to A Kiss Goodbye, both of them leaving plenty of space for Sampha to tackle the lead vocal.

  • Mark Lanegan Band

    Sad Lover

    Josh Homme Remix

    When they first worked together on Queens of the Stone Age's early run of classic albums both Mark Lanegan and Josh Homme came across as the very embodiment of leather clad, desert trekking rockers. Years on and both men are still synonymous with grinding guitars and - especially in Lanegan's case - gravelly vocals, though this latest link up suggests they've each been erring more towards the electronic end of the spectrum. Homme rekindles the industrial edge of proto-Electronica on this remix for his former bandmate.

  • LV & Joshua Idehen

    Waiting For The Night

    Keysound Recordings

    After capturing the edgy energy of late night London on Routes, prolific lyricist Joshua Idehen and Bass stalwarts LV team up once again, looking to the capital's clubs for inspiration on this new cut. Waiting For The Night certainly feels like the summation of countless generations of underground sounds, with elements of Garage and Broken Beat exposed to the uneasy sway of Dubstep and the sweep of styles it inspired. As with Routes, Idehen's poetic vocals are the focus, luring the listener into a murky world of his own making. 

  • Little Dragon


    Live On Triple J

    Aussie institution Triple J has arranged scores of memorable covers for its Like A Version feature, though few of the acts who've graced the station's studio in Sydney have captured a track in the same captivating manner as Little Dragon. The Swedish synth specialists hark back to their appearance earlier this year on Barclaycard Mercury Prize Sessions and cover fellow guest Kelis, turning in a triumphant rendition of her Tasty anthem Millionaire.

  • Esben & The Witch

    Dig Your Fingers In

    Directed by Sim Warren

    When recording their iminent album A New Nature Esben & The Witch decided to capture the music as it unfolded, recording the entire set live to tape with acclaimed engineer Steve Albini overseeing the session. This commitment to conveying creativity in its most immediate state carries over into the video for Dig Your Fingers In, a cinematic one-shot clip that follows a mysterious traveller as he journeys alone across sun-dappled countryside.

  • Scott Walker + Sunn O)))

    Soused Trailer

    After teasing towards an intriguing collaborative collection earlier in the year operatic outsider Scott Walker and Drone Metal pioneers Sunn O))) now preview Soused for the first time and, as you might expect from such an esoteric alliance, it makes for some pretty interesting listening. Having found a mutual ground between their respective fringes Walker and the dour Seattle-based duo promise a body of work quite unlike anything that's gone before.

  • Action Bronson

    Easy Rider

    Directed by Tom Gould

    Action Bronson dons a Stars & Stripes bandana and hops on a Harley in the epic video for Easy Rider, a tribute to its cult classic namesake starring Peter Fonda. Never without a sense of humour, Bronsolino battles bikers and meets his spirit guide in the clip which precedes the forthcoming Mr Wonderful. The humbly entitled album sees the Queens native head back into the studio with Party Supplies, the beatmaker behind the Blue Chips mixtapes.

  • Interpol

    El Pintor


    After 2010's eponymous fourth album Interpol decided to take a couple of fallow years, spending time concentrating on their own projects and generally recuperating after fifteen years on the road. The time away has clearly proven quite the tonic as the band sound as fresh here as they have on anything that's emerged since their classic debut Turn On The Bright Lights. Contributions from Secret Machines' Brandon Curtis and Bon Iver's Rob Moose add extra texture, but it's the band's own energy that powers El Pintor.

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    Real World 25

    Real World Records

    Peter Gabriel's outernational imprint clocks up a quarter century this year, and to celebrate they've put together a triple disc collection that spans the label's output in its entirety. The anything goes attitude to recording and Gabriel's own passion for music from all over the world are evident throughout, and whilst the label's most recognisable names - Afro Celt Soundsytem, Blind Boys of Alabama, Portico Quartet - are all present it's those musicians who come from the furthest corners of the globe that are responsible for the real magic here.

  • Homeboy Sandman


    Stones Throw

    Homeboy Sandman's sharply observed lyrics and melodious flow have always combined well, but now five albums deep he sounds so at home with his style it's impossible not to be carried along by his East Coast cadence. Throughout Hallways the rapper tackles pressing social problems and taxing political concepts, but his throw away humour ensures it's never at the cost of the listener's enjoyment. This enjoyment is further enhanced by the set's stellar selection of producers, which includes DJ Spinna, Oddisee and Jonwayne.

  • Roman Flügel

    Happiness Is Happening


    For more than two decades Roman Flügel has been a prolific presence amid Dance music's intellectual echelons, adopting any number of aliases and releasing records that range from Deep House and Techno to jacking Electro, commercial Pop and outright experimentalism. Despite the depth of his discography, Happiness Is Happening is only the second album Flügel's issued under his own name and also one of his most accomplished, its connection with the dancefloor doing little to detract from its cerebral standing. 

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    The Horrors

    Waterfront, Norwich

    Monday 22nd September

    Though circumstances beyond the band's control have hampered the American and European legs of The Horrors' forthcoming tour there's nothing stopping homegrown fans catching the coiffured quintet when they embark on a ten-night run of UK dates later this Autumn. Fresh from commanding performances at Reading & Leeds, Farris the band start off in Norwich and finally finish up at The Troxy in the heart of London's East End.

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    Watch The Skies!

    Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield

    Saturday 4th October

    Abandon Normal Devices bring their first weekend of outdoor cinema to a close with a specially commissioned performance from Oneohtrix Point Never. Before a late night screening of Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic Alien, celebrated sonic adventurer Daniel Lopatin will debut a new score he's composed for Magnetic Rose, one of a triptych of films created by artist Katsuhiro Otomo in the wake of his manga masterpiece Akira. 

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    The Waiting Room, London

    Monday 6th October

    After a series of infectious EPs Double Denim's Outift properly mastered their stylish amalgam of Indie and Electronica on debut outing Performance, finding the key to convergence in the strength of their songwriting. They've been quietly tucked away working on a fresh collection since coming off tour in February, and whilst the new album remains unnamed the band will preview the new songs at intimate shows in Manchester and London.

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    Concorde 2, Brighton

    Monday 13th October

    After a flurry of releases earlier on in the year Antemasque are now plotting towards their first UK visit. A supergroup of sorts, the band consists of former At The Drive In / The Mars Volta bandmates Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez with Red Hot Chili Peppers and Atoms For Peace bassist Flea and Volta drummer Dave Elitch representing for the rhythm section. They'll kick off the short run of three shows with an appearance in Brighton.