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


We wrap up Recommends for 2014 with a bumper crop of festive treats, with new music from Laura Marling, The Horrors, Jonny Greenwood, D'Angelo, Royce Wood Junior, Shura, Panda Bear, Modest Mouse and many more besides. Have a wonderful holiday and rest assured that Recommends will return with plenty of new music in 2015.

Tracks: Jonny Greenwood, Modest Mouse, Shura, Goat


Videos: Laura Marling, Royce Wood Junior, The Horrors, Peace, Panda Bear


Albums: D'Angelo, Brian Chippendale and Greg Saunier, It's Coming On Christmas


Live: The Cribs, Renegades In Rhythm, Konono No. 1, Edinburgh's Hogmanay

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    When Flying Lotus Met Herbie Hancock

    A few decades separate Herbie Hancock from Flying Lotus but their shared love of music has seen the pair forge a firm friendship over recent months, with Hancock contributing to You're Dead and FlyLo producing the prodigious pianist's pending comeback album. At the invitation of Grammy U, a youth initiative from America's Recording Academy, the pair sat down for an inspiring conversation recently, footage from which is now streaming online.

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    Road Dawgs

    It's that time of year when critics and music fans alike start compiling their End of Year Lists, many of which will no doubt feature one of 2014's biggest breakthrough acts Future Islands. Their success may seem like its arrived overnight, but the band have been working and touring tirelessly since forming in 2006. Road Dawgs, a candid new documentary shot earlier this year, follows Future Islands in the run up to a homecoming show in Baltimore.

  • Jonny Greenwood

    Spooks feat. Joanna Newsom

    Nonesuch Records

    A track that Radiohead first debuted a few months before the release of In Rainbows has been reconfigured and replayed, all thanks to director Paul Thomas Anderson. His latest film, the hotly anticipated adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's post-modern classic Inherent Vice, will once again feature a full score from frequent collaborator Greenwood, who calls on fellow Oxonians and former Supergrass founders Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey for Spooks. The track also features the film's narrator Joanna Newsom.

  • Modest Mouse

    Lampshades on Fire


    It's testament to Modest Mouse's standing amid the American underground that eight years on from their last proper release there's still a palpable buzz preceding their forthcoming album Strangers To Ourselves. This excitement has mounted over time, with occasional live appearances only adding to the anticipation. It was whilst playing live that the band first debuted new single Lampshades on Fire, the studio version of which was first heard by a small number of fans who received test pressings of the track through the post.

  • Shura


    Jungle Remix

    It's a rare occasion that Jungle take on a remix for another artist, their tendency to keep a low profile applying just as much to the studio as time spent in the spotlight. It's notable then that Josh and Tom should make the exception with Shura, a fellow denizen of Shepherd's Bush who features heavily in the current crop of prediction lists for 2015. This typically taught overhaul of Indecision accentuates the young singer's inherent soulfulness whilst also heightening the sophisticated Pop hooks that power the track.

  • Goat

    Hide From The Sun

    Anton Newcombe Remix

    Outsider imprint Fuzz Club and the American Reverb Appreciation Society (a nom de plume for the team behind Austin Psych Fest) collaborate once more on Reverb Conspiracy, an ongoing series that celebrates the DIY ethos and interstellar sensibilities of a new generation of bands heading up what's become known as the European Psych Nouveau movement. The third instalment of The Reverb Conspiracy features this clamourous exchange between Goat and Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe.

  • Laura Marling

    Short Movie

    Laura Marling wasn't long out of school when she first found fame, and ever since the celebrated singer-songwriter has spent much of her life travelling the world. She took stock of this peripatetic lifestyle this year, choosing to settle down in one place and concentrate on writing her fifth album Short Movie. Having worked closely with drummer Matt Ingram and his partner at Urchin Studios Dan Cox, Laura now unveils the album's title track.

  • Royce Wood Junior


    Directed Johnny Epstein

    A man with a papier mâché head mourns the passing of a daytime TV favourite in the video for Rover, another stirling piece of contemporary Pop hewn from the hands of producer Royce Wood Junior. Whilst the fake head motif may be more redolent of cult hero Frank Sidebottom the superimposed features that appear throughout the rest of the video are actually much more in-keeping with director Johnny Epstein's ongoing work with Disclosure.

  • The Horrors

    Change Your Mind

    Directed by Lianne Pierce

    The overriding sense of positivity that runs throughout Luminous is set into contrast by one of the set's deepest cuts, Change Your Mind. The track serves as a score to this latest video from The Horrors, whose laser heavy show at Manchester's Albert Hall was captured for prosperity by Lianne Pierce. The director channels the swooning ballad's poise as she sets the band's statuesque silhouettes against the sweating mass of a dizzying crowd.

  • Peace

    World Pleasure

    The epic World Pleasure, a track that first aired this Spring and from the outset established new stylistic parameters for Peace, is now gifted with a brand new video. Opening as a fairly straight forward performance, the promo slowly morphs into something a little more unconventional as a series of surreal flashes grow steadier throughout the track's joyful five and a half minutes. The new single precedes sophomore album Happy People.


  • Panda Bear

    Boys Latin

    Directed by Encyclopedia Pictura

    Directorial collective Encyclopedia Pictura returned to the small screen with their video for Metronomy's The Upsetter, a creative clip that posed interesting questions about mankind's relationship with nature. A few weeks on and unleash another psychedelic promo for Animal Collective founder Panda Bear, turning to similar themes but utilising digital technology to create a clip that's incredibly accomplished but also endlessly loveable.

  • D'Angelo & The Vanguard

    Black Messiah


    For years fans of D'Angelo had lived with the belief that turn-of-the-century masterpiece Voodoo would stand as the singer's last defining record, something that changed in 2010 when he returned to the live stage on top of his game and as soulful as ever. Speculation about a new album, which has been rampant ever since, came to a head this week with the sudden release of Black Messiah. A masterful take on the Neo Soul sound he helped shape, the set picks up from where he left off but still feels utterly of the moment.

  • Brian Chippendale and Greg Saunier

    Brian Chippendale and Greg Saunier

    Famous Class

    Two drummers who've kept America's Avant Rock renaissance moving to an unpredictable rhythm for the last ten years join forces for this riveting live recording. Deerhoof's Greg Saunier and Brian Chippendale, Lightening Bolt's peerless masked sticks man, dispense of melodic accompaniment and play an improvised set that transcends ready description, their intuitive and unpredictable exchange as intellectually intriguing as it is musically original. Watch a recent documentary for an in-depth exploration of the project.

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    It's Coming On Christmas

    Daisy Digital

    Website Daisy Digital have put together a Christmas compilation for a very good cause, though charitable intentions aside the quality of the music here speaks for itself. Weighing in with a mammoth twenty-four tracks the collection boasts plenty of emerging new names alongside artists who've been busy establishing themselves over the past couple of years: Marika Hackman, Slow Club, Summer Camp and Andreya Triana all contribute, as do Lucy Rose and Rae Morris who close the album with a festive favourite.

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    The Cribs

    Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

    Wednesday 11th February

    Save for appearances at Truck Festival and Tramlines in Sheffield, The Cribs haven't played live for nearly two years, choosing instead to devote their time to recording an as yet untitled sixth album with one-time Weezer producer Ric Ocasek. With sessions complete the Wakefield trio are now ripe for the road, and look to kick off the New Year with a string of purposefully intimate dates intended especially for their longstanding hardcore following. 

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    DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist

    Motion, Bristol

    Thursday 5th February

    Renowned turntablists DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist pay tribute to one of Hip Hop's chief architects with an unprecedented vinyl-only show. The pair's Renegades of Rhythm tour sees them manipulate records taken from Afrika Bambaata's own personal 40,000 strong collection, now permanently housed in Cornell University's Hip Hop Archive. The show, which stunned audiences across America this summer, hits the UK for three dates in February.

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    Edinburgh's Hogmanay

    Various Venues, Edinburgh

    Wednesday 31st December

    This year Edinburgh's legendary Hogmanay party will welcome tens of thousands of revellers from all over the world, and as ever the musical line-up more than matches the excitement of the occasion. Whilst those who spend the evening in the West Princes Street Gardens can enjoy a headline spot from Lily Allen, the Waverley Stage boasts the best in homegrown talent, with turns from The Twilight Sad and returning local heroes Young Fathers.

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    Konono No. 1

    Cafe Oto, London

    Friday 30th January - Sunday 1st February

    The unlikely instigators of the Congotronics movement hit the UK for a special residency next month, foregoing the heat of Kinshasa in favour of North East London's rain-streaked streets. Crafting handmade instruments from scrap metal and junkyard gems, Konono No. 1 have a built an international reputation with their trance-inducing live shows. They bring their unique fusion of proto-Electronica and traditional African music to Cafe Oto next month.