• 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...


There are striking returns from Jamie T and Damien Rice in this week's Recommends, which also features new music from rising talents like Rosie Lowe, Cooly G and Swindle. There are albums featured from RM Hubbert and Paul White, something new from Jon Hopkins and news on a very special Tyneside show from Peter Brewis and Paul Smith.

Tracks: Jamie T, Portico, Damien Rice, Caitlin Rose, Swindle


Videos: Jon Hopkins, Philip Selway, Rosie Lowe, Cooly G


Albums: Paul White, Christopher Owens, RM Hubbert, Pere Ubu


Live: Perfume Genius, Peter Brewis & Paul Smith, Hidden Orchestra

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    The Possibilities Are Endless

    Of the many highlights promised by next month's London Film Festival, The Possibilities Are Endless may prove the most touching. The innovative and intimate work by filmmakers Lovelace & Hall tracks the unbelievable recovery of Edwyn Collins after he was left almost speechless by a massive and unexpected neurological episode. The film, which features a new and orignal score by Edwyn, follows the singer on his phenomenal road to recovery.

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    Transgressive's 10th Birthday Playlist

    Transgressive are celebrating a decade of brilliant independent releases this week with a massive show at the Barbican with Mystery Jets, Johnny Flynn, Marika Hackman and more taking to the stage. As a primer, if one were needed, Drowned In Sound have put together a 25 track playlist that collates some of the best music the much loved imprint has championed over the years, featuring Foals, Graham Coxon, Young Knives and Regina Spektor.

  • Jamie T

    Turn On The Light


    When Jamie T first exploded on to the scene he cut such a striking figure that the Ska-speed guitars, rapid fire recitals and youthful irreverence could well have stayed with him a long while after the initial magnesium spark had died down. Five years out of the game has certainly helped though, as the West Londoner returns a man, the maturity and mindfulness set to characterise Carry On The Grudge never more noticeable than on the poignantly paced Turn On The Light. The album is due at the end of the month.

  • Portico

    Living Fields

    Ninja Tune

    A recent reshuffle in personel may have necessitated the name change but the directional shift heralded by Living Fields has been a long time coming to fruition. Now working as a threesome, Portico liberate themselves of the last vestiges of their quartet work and fully embrace the electronic tones and analogue textures that dominated their last long player. The trio's transformative circle becomes complete with the inclusion of vocalists, namely Alt-J's Joe Newman and old friends Jamie Woon and Jono McCleery.

  • Damien Rice

    I Don't Want To Change You

    Warner Music

    After eight years in the ether Damien Rice is currently plotting towards his first long player since 2006's platinum-selling 9, and following the surprise release of the album's title track My Favourite Faded Fantasy he now treats fans to the heartbreaking I Don't Want To Change You. Opening with soft flourishes of strings the track - which like the rest of the album was produced by Rick Rubin - gradually builds in stature as the Irish troubadour's delivery gathers steam, his fragile falsetto turning into an impassioned cry by the end of play. 

  • Caitlin Rose

    Gemini Moon

    Whilst you wouldn't immediately associate The Vaccines' visceral riffs with the romantically rendered Country of Caitlin Rose, Justin Hayward Young and the enchanting Nashville born chanteuse certainly share an ear for a perfectly penned tune. This shared affection for heartfelt songcraft came to the fore when the pair met up in New York last winter and wrote Gemini Moon. Caitlin's since completed the demo with the assistance of Jordan Lehning, the multi-instrumentalist son of Country's longstanding studio legend Kyle.


  • Swindle

    Walter's Call

    Brownswood Recordings / Deep Medi

    Even on his early outings with Butterz it was clear Swindle's sonic palette was much broader than those of his young contemporaries, something that became even clearer on his ear-defying debut Long Live The Jazz. Rather than softly melding Jazz and Funk with the altogether more aggressive tempos at play on the streets of his native South London, the charismatic producer throws these elements and more together with such force they create an almost unprecedented fusion of old and new, as is heard on Walter's Call.

  • Jon Hopkins

    Asleep Versions


    Just days after stunning a sold-out Southbank audience at the largest show of his career to date, Jon Hopkins has wasted no time in announcing his new project Asleep Versions. Revisiting Immunity he loosens the rhythmic pulse and reworks a selection of the album's tracks as Ambient excursions. A taste of what's to come can be heard on this all too short trailer which features a suitably somnambulant animation by Nobrow affiliate Robert Hunter.

  • Philip Selway

    It Will End In Tears

    Directed by Rammatik

    Whilst Tumblr posts of white labels and lyrical tweets from Thom Yorke have sparked all manner of speculation about a new Radiohead record, drummer Philip Selway has stuck steadfastedly to his own solo project this week, releasing the quietly unconventional new video for It Will End In Tears. The track features on his beautiful Weatherhouse album, songs from which Selway will perform at four freshly announced UK shows early next year.

  • Rosie Lowe

    Water Came Down

    Directed by Jacob Hopewell

    Rising British starlet Rosie Lowe first worked with the power pairing of Kwes and The Invisible's seemingly ceaseless Dave Okumu on debut EP Right Thing, a match that suited her left-leaning Pop style so well she's reformed the triumvirate for new single Water Came Down. A beautifully shot video now arrives in time for of the single's physical release on WolfTone, a brand new imprint insitgated by Adele's self-effacing super-producer Paul Epworth.

  • Cooly G

    Wait 'Til Night

    Directed by Francesca Castelbuono

    It was whilst walking home from a first date in her early twenties that Cooly G started writing Wait 'Til Night, a song that's evolved over the years and now appears as the title track on her seductive RnB indebted new album. In homage to these origins the new video for Wait 'Til Night's follows Hyperdub's first lady of Bass as she retraces her steps with a new love, finishing a romantic evening on the same street where inspiration first struck.

  • Paul White

    Shaker Notes


    When Paul White first signed to R&S and teased his listenership with new music it fast became apparent he was starting to separate himself from the heavily skewed Hip Hop that had become a trademark of his. Now with the arrival of Shaker Notes the full scale of the London-living beatmaker's ambition becomes apparent, as Electronica, Contemporary Jazz, Blues and Dance mix with tribal rhythms and otherworldly instrumentation, the culmination of all these elements delivering an album that's as exhilarating as it is unexpected.

  • Christopher Owens

    A New Testament


    After the sudden disbandment of Girls a couple of years ago Christopher Owens has been steadily repositioning himself as a solo artist, one who's impossible to predict but also one who’s always reassured with the amount of personality he invests into each dramatically different project. After his debut Lysandre - a concept album based around a single riff that Owens also released as an acoustic set - comes A New Testament, a polished collection heavily influenced by Gospel, Country and traditional American songwriters.

  • RM Hubbert

    Ampersand Extras

    Chemikal Underground

    Over the course of three loosely connected albums guitarist RM Hubbert has struck upon a sound so lilting and natural that pigeonholes as far removed as Flamenco, Post Rock and Folk can be happily applied without complaint, though none really manage to completely capture the essence of his music. This collection of pieces recorded during the making of the three Ampersand sets (Thirteen Lost & Found, First & Last, Breaks & Bone) may be billed as outtakes, but even his cast-offs resonate with hard earned craft and beautiful poise.

  • Pere Ubu

    Carnival of Souls

    Fire Records

    David Thomas and his rule-bending retinue stopped off at the East End Film Festival in London last year to perform a score to Carnival of Souls, the cult classic that's influenced filmmakers from David Lynch to George A. Romero. Prompted by the famed horror flick's eerie atmosphere the band spent the following few months improvising around the themes that had transpired during the original performance, developing them into this foreboding song cycle which counts as their eighteenth album in forty years.

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    Perfume Genius

    The Caves, Edinburgh

    Sunday 23rd November

    Mike Hadreas has been on the receiving end of uniform praise for latest album Too Bright, the hypnotic and darkly hued collection of Pop songs produced by Adrian Utley and John Parrish. The set marks a considered shift away from Hadreas' earlier works, which were notable for their stark setting of little more than piano and voice, and promises an expansive new feel for his live show. He visits the UK for a short run of shows during November.

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    Peter Brewis & Paul White

    Sage, Gateshead

    Saturday 20th December

    The collaborative compositional project that conjoins the travel writing of Maximo Park's Paul Smith with the chamber arrangements of Field Music's Peter Brewis will return to the stage a year after it was first commissioned by the inaugural Festival of The North East. Brewis and Smith will play songs from the brilliantly concieved Frozen By Sight in Manchester and London before a grand Christmas homecoming at Sage Gateshead.

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    Hidden Orchestra

    Union Chapel, London

    Friday 17th October

    Edinburgh's Hidden Orchestra engage with the humbling surrounds of Islington's Union Chapel, performing a site specific A/V show that responds with the building's gorgeous Gothic architecture whilst highlighting the collective's cohesion of cinematic sensibilities and contemporary tempos. Support comes from band member Poppy Ackroyd, performing music from her own mesmerising Denovali-issued album Escapement.