• 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.

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


The brilliant Lianne La Havas unveils the first single from her second album in this week's Recommends, which also boasts tracks from PINS and Gwilym Gold. Justin Vernon and Courtney Barnett both have videos of intimate live performances online and elsewhere there are albums streaming from George Fitzgerald and The Gaslamp Killer. Finally there's also news on shows from Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Nils Frahm.

Tracks: Lianne La Havas, PINS, Gwilym Gold, Blanck Mass


Videos: Django Django, Owen Pallett, Justin Vernon, Courtney Barnett,

Pulled Apart By Horses


Albums: George Fitzgerald, The Gaslamp Killer Experience, San Fermin, Lee Scott


Live: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Nils Frahm, DMZ

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    Pete Tong at the BBC Proms

    Being synonymous with Saturday night Pete Tong is most often spotted playing in the main rooms of super-clubs the world over, though as part of this summer's BBC Proms he’ll be bringing his wealth of experience to the hallowed stage of the Royal Albert Hall. In a first for the 120 year old instituion the Proms will  celebrate four decades of Dance music, with Tong curating a concert of orchestrated classics performed by the Heritage Orchestra.

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    David Byrne's Contemporary Color

    In recent years post-modern polymath David Byrne has composed an opera about the life of Imelda Marcos, penned a book about the mechanics of music and designed bike racks for all five of New York’s boroughs whilst all the while writing music, curating compilations and taking to the stage with any number of artists who count themselves as fans. For his latest project Byrne explores a new field of expression, the all-American art of the Color Guard.

  • Lianne La Havas


    Warner Bros.

    When Lianne La Havas checked in on a long-overdue family holiday to Jamaica the trip was meant to give the London-born singer a chance to relax after two years of touring. Instead it inspired a journey of self-discovery which culminated in Blood, her returning record which was revealed this week. The first taster arrives in the form of Unstoppable, a gorgeous cut that first started out as a jam with friends The Invisible but once in the studio it evidently evolved into this piece of lushly arranged Modern Soul.

  • PINS

    Young Girls

    Bella Union

    Even on their edgy early demos PINS managed to walk the fine line between Punk and Pop, never letting the saccharine sweetness of one override the rough edges of the other. They add a certain kind of smoothness to this careful balancing act with new single Young Girls, which whilst dedicated to the next generation of “wanna-be’s and gonna-be’s” sounds like the quartet’s maturest offering to date. With debut album Wild Nights expected soon the girls are currently plotting for a headline London show this May.

  • Gwilym Gold

    I Know, I Know

    Brille Records

    Following his innovative album Tender Metal, which was released via the constantly evolving music format Bronze, Gwilym Gold now preps for next outing A Paradise. This time round the set will be presented in a more traditional manner but promises even greater scope for the former Golden Silvers frontman to develop his Minimalist Pop. Previous collaborators Hyetal and Darkstar make appearances as do leftfield favourite Bullion and in-demand arranger Nico Muhly, both of whom feature on I Know, I Know.

  • Blanck Mass


    Sacred Bones Records

    Benjamin John Power has informed fans of a follow-up to the much-lauded long player he released under the Blanck Mass moniker in 2011. The visceral nature of the set, which married epic electronics with cavernous analogue noise, found fans in visual luminaries John Carpenter and Danny Boyle, who used a number of Blanck Mass compositions in his famed opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games. Power will continue to push the aural envelope with his forthcoming collection Dumb Flesh, from which Detrirus is lifted.

  • Django Django

    Beginning To Fade

    Directed by Jennifer Lewandowski & Samuel Levak

    Whilst previous singles from Django Django’s pending second album Born Under Saturn have felt indebted to the dance floor the band’s latest offering, Beginning To Fade, comes from an altogether groovier place. With a heavy helping of Psychedelic Pop looming large in the mix the quartet turn to multi-disciplinary artists Levak Lewandowski for this colourful clip; using Super-8 style footage and plenty of trippy filters the pair capture the mood perfectly.

  • Owen Pallett

    The Sky Behind The Flag

    Directed by Eno Swinnen

    One of the many highlights from Owen Pallett’s crowning sophomore album In Conflict is treated to a beautifully illustrated video courtesy of Eno Swinnen, a Belgian artist who only ever offers hints of what might be happening with his painstaking pencil drawings. The celebrated composer will be performing at this year’s Field Day festival, but in the run up to the London festival he'll also play some smaller shows in Cardiff, Coventry and Stratford-upon-Avon.

  • Justin Vernon

    Time’s Gone Inside Out

    Directed By Michael Brown and Dan Huiting

    A starless night provides the perfect backdrop for a sparse rendition of Spoon’s Time’s Gone Inside Out, as interpreted by a lone Justin Vernon. The haunting video arrives ahead of the inaugural Eaux Claries Music & Arts Festvial, an event curated by Vernon and held in his Wisconsin hometown. Spoon will be amongst the bands making the trip to the Midwest, as will Vernon's own Bon Iver, who play their first live show in nearly three years.

  • Courtney Barnett

    Dead Fox

    Black Cab Sessions

    Having been sadly absent from London’s streets for a little while the Black Cab Sessions are readying for a welcome return this summer, spending the past few weeks welcoming all manner of artists into the back of their trusty TX1. One such guest was the acclaimed antipodean songwriter Courtney Barnett, who found some time between her two recent sold-out shows at Camden’s Electric Ballroom for a lunchtime drive around North London.

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    Grim Deal

    Future Shorts

    Lamé jackets and lo-fi special effects abound in the kitsch new clip for Leeds’ loudest, Pulled Apart By Horses. With cloaks billowing and hair unfurled the band support lead singer Tom Hudson as he summons up skulls, skeletons and all manner of mystical masks during a psychedelic seance in a Seventies-indebted sitting room. The video for Grim Deal precedes the band’s massive homecoming show at Leeds University later next month. 

  • George Fitzgerald

    Fading Love

    Double Six Records

    Few producers better illustrate Bass music’s evolution than George Fitzgerald, who following a succession of stunning releases on cornerstone imprints Hotflush, Hypercolour and his own ManMakeMusic, began exploring the more conventional corners of House and Techno, in the process becoming a permanent fixture in the big rooms of Ibiza and Berlin. This journey colours his first fully formed long-player, an artful collection that engages as much with the mind and soul as it does with the dance floor.

  • The Gaslamp Killer Experience

    Live In Los Angeles

    Sub Pop / Low End Theory Records

    When his scooter flipped from underneath him in a freak accident two summers ago The Gaslamp Killer came very close to his final curtain, though true to the endearing energy that’s always underpinned his DJ sets the Low End Theory founder was on stage days later with a string-heavy ensemble featuring some of LA’s best-respected musicians. Taking on the role of beat conductor, The GLK embarked on an orchestrated tour of his eclectic back catalogue, a recording from which he now releases as a live album.

  • San Fermin


    Downton Records

    Ellis Ludwig-Leone had finished writing Jackrabbit long before the release of his first San Fermin record, though the universal praise that met the eponymous set led the composer to form a band and take his music out on the road. This transformation from solo endeavour to creative collective also forced Ludwig-Leone to reappraise the music lurking on his laptop and he handed it over to the octet; in response the band now deliver a compulsive opus of orchestral Indie that’s as exciting as their jubilant live shows.

  • Lee Scott

    Butter Fly

    High Focus

    “Your favourite UK rapper’s favourite rapper” is an enviable title but one that feels fitting for Merseyside mic man Lee Scott, who for more than a decade has been a constant presence on UK Hip Hop's subterranean circles. Having formed Antiheroes, Children of the Damned and most recently Cult Mountain, a wavy ensemble featuring Piff Gang regulars Don Silk and Smugii, the Runcorn-born rapper is now going solo, with Dirty Dike swapping the booth for the desk and helping forge the beats on the jazzy Butter Fly.

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    Unknown Mortal Orchestra

    Thekla, Bristol

    Wednesday 20th May

    When Unknown Mortal Orchestra uploaded the title track from their keenly anticipated third album Multi-Love it became clear that Ruban Nielsen and his assembled associates had taken their contagious Garage Rock up a notch, something that was further confirmed this week with the unveiling of another absolute jam, Can’t Keep Checking My Phone. Just ahead of the album’s May release UMO hit the UK for dates in Bristol, London and Liverpool.

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    Nils Frahm

    ABC, Glasgow

    Saturday 23rd May

    By pushing the parameters of live performance and repurposing the piano within the context of contemporary music, Nils Frahm has made as much of an impact in the world of experimental Dance music as he has within the more conservative realms of Modern Classical. The pianist will perform around the UK later next month, taking in this show in Glasgow before returning to London for a recently announced second Roundhouse show.

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    Electric Brixton, London

    Friday 10th July

    When discussing the evolution of Dubstep there is no getting away from the integral role DMZ played during the scene’s earliest incarnation, the semi-regular parties providing one of the first positive platforms for Bass-heavy explorations. Now founders Mala, Coki, Loefah and Sgt. Pokes will reconvene in their spiritual home of Brixton for one night only, celebrating the tenth anniversary of a legendary club night that changed the face of British music.