• The Magic Numbers

    Shot In The Dark

    Caroline International

    More than four years have passed since the world last heard from The Magic Numbers, though listen to new single Shot In The Dark and you'll agree the hiatus seems to have done the familial foursome the world of good. The track pulses with an energy not usually associated with bands twelve years deep into their career, and it's largely attributable to a change in working practices; new album Alias will be the first record Romeo & Co have recorded in their own studio, the newfound self-sufficiency inspiring this reinvigorated return.

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


Katy B unleashes an exclusive ahead of Carnival in this week's Recommends, which also features new music from Caribou and Thurston Moore. Savages & Bo Ningen tease towards their collaborative new album and there are videos courtesy of Chet Faker and newcomers The Wytches. Elsewhere brand new albums from Ty Segall, Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards and Erland & The Carnival are all streaming online. Enjoy!

Tracks: Katy B, Caribou, Thurston Moore, Deptford Goth, Paul Smith & Peter Brewis


Videos: Savages & Bo Ningen, The Wytches, Chet Faker, Octave Minds


Albums: Ty Segall, Erland & The Carnival, Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards


Live: Wolf Alice, Roller Trio, Bill Ryder-Jones, Good Times In The Park

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    A Massive Tribute To The Roland 909

    Roland's TR-909 drum machine is an iconic bit of kit. Its beats and bleeps have been a constant through successive generations of electronic music whilst its clear, uncomplicated lines have earned the small grey box a place amongst the greats of 20th century design. The 909 celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, so a Scottish AV collective thought they should celebrate with the grandest of gestures: a fully functioning 9ft long replica.

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    Alt-J Stream New Mix

    Part of the allure of Alt-J's immediate sound comes from the way the band counter contrasting styles of music against each other, in the process creating something entirely removed. In a new article on the Dazed Digital website drummer and producer Thom Sonny Green explained how putting mixes together has helped in the creation of these interesting combinations and also posted up an Ableton assembled mix inspired by Radiohead's Pyramid Song.  

  • Katy B

    Little Red Light


    This year Rinse FM celebrates its twentieth anniversary, a colossal milestone for the former pirate turned international arbiter. Yet over the two decades it's been dominating London's airwaves the station has never had a presence at Notting Hill Carnival, at least until this summer. An all-star line-up's on hand to make sure the station's Carnival debut is memorable, with Metalheadz, Skream, Ms. Dynamite and Katy B all appearing over the weekend. Ahead of the party Katy's premiered this exclusive track to help set the tempo.

  • Caribou

    Our Love

    City Slang

    New single Our Love serves to completely encapsulate Dan Snaith's musical mission over the past decade. Covering an immense amount of stylistic territory during its five minute span, the track touches on the sample-led Psychedelia that evolved throughout his early works as Manitoba before the blissful Electronica so prevalent on the brilliant Swim kicks in. With its dancefloor-indebted breakdown halfway through, the track also incorporates some of the soulful shades of Techno and Garage that feed into Snaith's DJ sets.

  • Thurston Moore

    The Best Day


    Whilst Thurston Moore and former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Sheely were sat in East London's experimental outpost Cafe Oto enjoying tea and crumpets last week, Moore noticed there were no gigs booked for that evening. On the spur of the moment the pair decided to hold an open rehearsal for their new project Thurston Moore Band, which also features My Bloody Valentine's Deb Googe. The impromptu show thrilled the assembled fans, who can now enjoy the first taste of the group's upcoming album via taster track The Best Day.

  • Deptford Goth

    The Lovers

    37 Adventures

    On his Deptford Goth debut Life After Defo, Daniel Woolhouse began leaning towards traditional songcraft, combining his stirring but self-effacing vocals with the haunting electronic style that had prevailed on his early releases for Merok. His planned sophomore offering, the tellingly titled Songs, finds the producer fully embracing his innate knack for penning heart-melting melodies, inspired largely by his recent marriage and relocation to the Kentish coast. Ahead of the album's arrival Woolhouse now streams Songs' first single. 

  • Paul Smith & Peter Brewis

    Barcelona (at Eye Level)

    Memphis Industries

    These two talents who over the past ten years have both helped to establish the Tyne & Wear as a hotbed for intelligent Indie were first asked to work together on a commission for Festival of The North East. The pairing proved so well met that Maximo Park's Paul Smith and Peter Brewis of Field Music have recorded a full album together, with Brewis's beautiful orchestral arrangements underpinning Smith's lyrics, all of which are set in specific locations and are expressly indebted to the poetry of Frank O'Hara.

  • Savages & Bo Ningen

    Words To The Blind

    Tickets for Savages and Bo Ningen's forthcoming show at Oval Space in East London have long since sold out, but fans need not feel disheartened as the two band have announced that the 'Sonic Simultaneous Poem' they'll perform on the evening will be released as a full album later in the year. Inspired by the Dadaists and Cabaret Voltaire, Words To The Blind will consist of both bands playing a loose composition based around five interchangable chapters.

  • The Wytches

    Burn Out The Bruise

    Directed by Hoodbats

    For a band barely in their twenties Surf-Psych rapscallions The Wytches couldn't be better connected, having risen up through the ranks of Brighton's Late Night Lingerie club night (an early home too to Royal Blood) before joining TOY, Temples and Stealing Sheep at Heavenly Records. Along with the release of the band's debut album Annabel Dream Reader this week comes a super lo-fi clip for Burn Out The Bruise from repeat collaborator Hoodbats.

  • Chet Faker


    Directed by Hiro Murai

    Though a simple and straightforward proposition, this moonlit clip from Chet Faker scores high in the style stakes and proved completely compelling throughout. Three rollerskating dancers glide along a deserted dessert highway, with the Australian producer's bittersweet tones floating ethereally above. Nick Murphy, the man behind the moniker, supports his sleek and soulful debut Built On Glass with a trio of UK shows later in the year.

  • Octave Minds

    Symmetry Slice

    Directed by Rolf Bremer

    Post Modern polymath Chilly Gonzales and Electro ambassador Boys Noize (aka Alex Ridha) first worked together on Gonzalez's recent record Ivory Tower, an ebullient outing that now inspires Octave Minds. The new instrumental project combines Gonzalez's delicate solo piano with waves of analogue synthesisers, the overall effect proving completely hypnotic and a world away from the heavy edges of Ridha's club-orientated productions.

  • Ty Segall


    Drag City

    Ty Segall absolutely embodies the Garage Rock spirt, his incessant output having resulted in well over 100 songs in the past couple of years alone. Usually recording whole albums in a single sitting, the San Franciscan's music never lacks energy, though the fast turnaround can sometimes compromise longterm listenability. It's all change with Manipulator though, an infectious double set recorded over a month long session that finds a mature sounding Segall covering some new ground with sixteen fuzz-laden stompers.

  • Erland & The Carnival

    Closing Time

    Full Time Hobby

    After their first two albums arrived in quick succession there followed a gap of almost three and half years between the bewitching Nightingale and Erland & The Carnival's new one Closing Time. Having thrown out a near finished record for worry of covering old ground, frontman Erland Cooper and one-time Verve guitarist Simon Tong went back to the drawing board. After writing a whole new collection of songs the pair went in to the studio with guests Paul Weller and Hannah Peel and recorded this revitalised set in just three days.

  • Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards


    The State51 Conspiracy

    Clocking in at little more than half an hour long and, save for the occasional flourish of strings, boasting the most minimal of instrumentation Distance is an album characterised by its sparsity. The space, which is knowingly created by a band including Magic Numbers' Romeo Stodart, Johnny Flynn and former Metronomy member Gabriel Stebbing, is put to excellent use by Michaelson, whose world-worn baritone creeps into every available nook and cranny with poignantly observed tales of faltering romance and personal growth.

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    Roller Trio

    The Wardrobe, Leeds

    Thursday 23rd October

    Roller Trio have been quiet over the past year, mostly spending their time locked away writing and recording a follow-up to their infectious self-titled debut. Fans of their frenetic fusion of sounds can start looking forward to hearing new material soon though, as the band are booked in to play two shows in October. Their hometown of Leeds get first dibs, with the much loved Vortex venue welcoming the three players to London later in the month.

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    Wolf Alice

    Manchester Academy, Manchester

    Wednesday 22nd October

    Newcomers Wolf Alice made their mark this summer with Creature Songs, an four-track EP that fused the crunch of classic Nineties Indie with an ethereal, otherworldly edge. The latter of the two came to the fore in a short video of a live session the band recorded at Toe Rag Studio which was posted online this week. The video of Heavenly Creatures came with the news of two big shows in October, the band visiting Manchester and London's Heaven.

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    Bill Ryder-Jones & Manchester Camerata

    Manchester Cathedral, Manchester

    Thursday 9th October

    Manchester Literature Festival calls on Bill Ryder-Jones for a very special performance. The former Coral man will perform his debut solo album If… in its entirety with accompaniment from one of the UK's most forward thinking chamber orchestras, Manchester Camerata. The album, which was the first longform work to showcase Bill's skills as a composer, was originally conceived as a tribute to Calvino's masterpiece If One Night A Traveller.

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    Good Times In The Park

    Wormwood Scrubs Park, London

    Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th September

    Three decades deep in throwing some of the UK's most soulful parties, Norman Jay MBE and the rest of the Good Times crew now take their winning formula to the inner-city festival circuit. Setting up in the westerly reaches of Wormwood Scrubs Park, Norman welcomes along headliners Chaka Khan and Groove Armada and a host of respected selectors including Maurice Fulton, Toddla T, David Rodigan, Jazzie B and Fabio & Grooverider.