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


As we come ever closer to the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of Year Awards Show we celebrate with a very special edition of Recommends. Some of this year's shortlisted artists bring you their own recommendations, with Kate Tempest, Anna Calvi, Gogo Penguin and East India Youth amongst those bringing you their favourite new music.

Tracks: GEoRGiA, CHVRCHES, Clark, Om Unit


Videos: Perfume Genius, Future Islands, Jam Baxter, Pond


Albums: Iman Omari, The Flaming Lips, Marianne Faithfull, Scott Walker & sunn o)))


Live: Nik Void, Nick Mulvey, Jon Hopkins, Flying Lotus

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    Barclaycard Mercury Prize Champion Films

    Each week we're uploading new episodes of our Champion Films series, in which trusted tastemakers, respected musicians and music obsessed broadcasters show support for a favourite act or artist shortlisted for the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize. This week Sara Cox praises FKA twigs, Jamie T tips his hat to Damon Albarn and Gilles Peterson salutes GoGo Penguin. Visit our YouTube channel to watch the entire series.

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    Barclaycard Mercury Prize

    More4 - Wednesday 29 October - 9.30pm

    The 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show will take place on Wednesday 29 October, with an evening of exclusive live performances at London's iconic Roundhouse venue. More4 will be covering the event on Wednesday with Alice Levine on hand to present. Tune in from 9.30pm to catch all the action and find out this who'll be this year's winner. Full Awards Show coverage will be on Channel 4 on Friday 31 October at 11.40pm.

  • Interpol

    My Desire

    Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve Re-Animation

    After returning from hiautus with engrossing overhauls for Phantasy's Daniel Avery and Psyche revivalists Temples, Erol Alkan and studio stalwart Richard Norris offer up another treat under their Beyond The Wizards' Sleeve guise. This time they turn their attention to Interpol, another act enjoying something of a renaissance in the wake of their critically acclaimed comeback El Pintor. Fizzing with acidic synths and a bubbling Balearic pulse, the re-animation strips away the original's sharp edges and sends the track spacewards.

  • Dutch Uncles

    In N Out

    Memphis Industries

    Manchester's Dutch Uncles mark the announcement of third album O Shudder, sessions for which saw them return to the studio with Gogo Penguin producer Brendan Williams, with brand new track In N Out. If the impulsive rhythms and catchy choruses are indicative of things to come the quintet's new set might just stand as one of the their most accessible outings so far, though thankfully the clever Pop constructs have done little to dull the spiky esotericism the band mastered on last year's Out Of Touch. 


  • Corrine Bailey Rae


    After keeping a relatively low profile since the release of her stunning 2010 sophomore set The Sea, Corrine Bailey Rae makes a welcome return with a lilting cover of Paul McCartney's Band On The Run ballad Bluebird. The singer first started recording the track way back in 2003, before her million-selling self-titled debut had made her a household name on both sides of the Atlantic, but it's only now that it sees light of day as part of a star-studded covers compilation celebrating the former Beatle's songbook.

  • The Bug vs. Earth


    Ninja Tune

    Aside from appearances by longtime allies Flowdan and Warrior Queen, Kevin Martin's latest long player Angels & Devils found the producer working with a new cast of collaborators, all of whom brought something fresh to the record's contrasting cohesion of ethereal ambience and industrial strength bass. One studio date, however, proved far too powerful to appear alongside the rest of the sessions and as such receives it's own separate release. Boa finds Martin trading cacophonous blows with Drone Metal don Dylan Carson.

  • Ghost Writerz

    Back It Up feat. G.O.L.D & Shiffa Dan

    Sharp And Ready

    The bubbling Back It Up heralds the arrival of Sharp And Ready, a new partnership from endearing independent label Tru Thoughts and sound system specialist and Congo Natty cohort Jean-Claude 'Lionbeat' Charnier. The label is set to celebrate a thriving new generation of UK based sound systems that, whilst still recognising the speaker staples of Dub, Reggae and Dancehall, incorporate Jungle, Hip Hop, Grime all all points in between to create a sound that's original, indigenous and absolutely infectious.

  • Perfume Genius


    Recommended by Anna Calvi

    Journeys of self-discovery are central to the songwriting of Mike Hadreas, which may explain why Anna Calvi - another artist whose emotional candour can prove utterly consuming - recommends this latest video from Perfume Genius. In the clip Hadreas quite literally confronts his demons, who true to his own glorious style favour sparkling morphsuits over the dark garbs usually donned by those characters representing the repressed inner-self.

  • Future Islands

    4AD Sessions

    Directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

    Hot on the heels of their celebrated celluloid exploration of Nick Cave, the brilliant 20,000 Days On Earth, directorial duo Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard now present a much more orthodox piece of filmmaking. The pair recently set up in a studio in London's East End with Future Islands - arguably one of this year's biggest breakthrough bands and a thrilling live proposition - to record this stunning session featuring a full string quartet and brass section.

  • Jam Baxter


    Recommended by Kate Tempest

    Having cut her teeth in Hip Hop Kate Tempest is well versed in those lyricists making waves around the UK, and for this special Recommends shares a video from a most distinctive homegrown talent. Jam Baxter's understated enunciation, quietly clever turns of phrase and darkly humorous punchlines are all turned up on Brains, which whilst now a year or two old happily captures the High Focus and SMB man at his most original and entertaining.

  • Pond

    Elvis' Flaming Star

    Directed by Pond

    When they're not busy with bringing Psychedelic Rock into the 21st Century with Tame Impala the members of Pond spend much of their spare time making music that's a little more instinctive and doubly adventurous. Having formed around the same time as Kevin Parker first assembled Tame Impala, Pond have already recorded and released five albums and pave the way for their sixth set Man It Feels Like Space Again with this colourful new clip.

  • Iman Omari

    Vibe Tape +++ (3)

    Recommended by Seb Rochford

    Whilst Polar Bear's Seb Rochford figures as one of the most prolific presences on the UK's peerless Jazz scene the drummer has never made any secret of his love of Hip Hop, something that's inspired many of his own mixtapes and collaborations with homegrown MCs like Jyager and Mikill Pane. It also informs his recommendation of Iman Omari, an emerging West Coast producer whose skewed beats are rich with the left-of-centre stance so apparent in all the beat-led music currently emanating out of Los Angeles.

  • The Flaming Lips

    With A Little Help From My Fwends

    Warner Bros.

    Having previously recorded classic albums by King Crimson, Pink Floyd and The Stone Roses, Wayne Coyne and his wide-eyed associates now focus on an all-time classic, The Beatles' Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Whilst many a music fan would consider this blasphemy, the famously unhinged approach employed by The Flaming Lips and their 'fwends' (an unlikely cast that ranges from My Morning Jacket to Miley Cyrus) chimes harmoniously with the creative ambition and artistic ideals of the era-defining original.

  • Marianne Faithfull

    Give My Love To London

    Recommended by Anna Calvi

    Now in her fiftieth year of making records Marianne Faithfull is far from mellowing with age. On her latest long player the singer surrounds herself with some of modern music's most adamant artists, with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Portishead's Adrian Utley, Steve Earle and Anna Calvi (who puts forwards Give My Love To London for this special edition of Recommends) all helping bring a burning resonance to the songs. Dark, seductive and real, Faithful's twentieth studio album finds the singer at her most engrossing.

  • Scott Walker & Sunn o)))



    Two cryptic presences join forces on a near hour-long behemoth that through sheer sonic breadth alone now stands as one of the most ambitious outings from either party. On one side Scott Walker, a Sixties icon reborn as an unflinchingly modern artist and fearless sound sculptor. On the other, pioneers of abstract Metal and Drone Sunn o))), who provide Walker with his perfect raw materials. Together they push the aural envelope to its limits whilst cleverly - and covertly - adhering to the strict rules of songwriting.

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    Nik Void

    Birthdays, London

    Recommended by East India Youth

    William Doyle's tip off for this week's Recommends is a live show arranged by those online arbiters of all things outré The Quietus, who interestingly launched their own record label with an early work by Doyle's East India Youth project. The show features Factory Floor's own doyenne of deconstruction Nik Void, whose solo shows take the audience on a thrilling trip that moves through abstraction, improvisation and industrial rhythm.

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    Nick Mulvey

    Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

    Friday 31st October

    After first honing his songs at informal open mic spots Nick Mulvey has recently found himself performing before ever increasing crowds, only this week taking to the stage of Shepherd's Bush Empire. He finishes his current UK run at the end of the month in Nottingham, and with a new tour booked in for next year including a spot at The Roundhouse this Resue Rooms show might be the songsmith's last on a small stage for quite some time. 

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    Jon Hopkins

    The Dome, Brighton

    Recommended by GoGo Penguin

    If Immunity was the sound of Jon Hopkins transferring his broad experience onto the dance floor, the last year of live shows have seen the producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist bring the excitement of the club into the concert hall. After a succession of critically acclaimed live performances Hopkins last appearances of 2014 with a full band take place in December, with shows in Brighton and Manchester's Warehouse Project.

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    Flying Lotus

    Albert Hall, Manchester

    Saturday 18th April

    Following the fervent response that met Flying Lotus's latest long player You're Dead, expect tickets for his recently announced pair of UK shows to disappear long before next spring. The polymath producer, who visits London next month for a long sold out album launch party (his only european appearance this year), will bring his full live band to Manchester's beautiful Albert Hall after another show the night before at the O2 Brixton Academy.