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


This week's Recommends brings more new music from Disclosure, the debut album from SOAK and a video of Toddla T revisiting his Steel City roots. There's a live date from Robert Glasper, videos from Drenge and Girl Band and newly released tracks from Destroyer, Django Django and an unexpected cover from The Cure's Robert Smith.

Tracks: Disclosure, Destroyer, Django Django, Robert Smith


Videos: Drenge, Toddla T, Girl Band, The Future Sound of Mzansi


Albums: SOAK, Dele Sosimi, Jose Padilla, One Night Stand


Live: Station To Station, Robert Glasper, Salad Days

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    Even before the advent of the camera phones, people have always done their best to capture the moment when musicians make the magic happen onstage - though even now it's rare that the same effort is made to document what goes on in between the shows. This all changes with Pitchfork's new initiative Contours, which will upload realtime videos shot by Courtney Barnett and her band as they travel from gig to gig on their current US tour.

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    Record Store Day plots Vinyl Tuesday

    Having gained increasing momentum since its inception in 2007, recent years have seen signs of Record Store Day becoming a victim of its own success, with labels and pressing plants alike all struggling to meet the huge demand the international event now inspires. This pressure should be eased with a proposed plans that will see participating independent stores stocking new exclusive releases and special re-issues every single week.

  • Disclosure

    Holding On ft. Gregory Porter


    When Disclosure unveiled Bang That a few weeks ago the track’s jacking, Chicago-indebted rhythm told of a stylistic shift from the Lawrence brothers, who before that hadn’t released any new music for a couple of years. Subsequent single Holding On, the first proper track to be lifted from their as yet untitled sophomore set, shows that rather than a sonic switch, they’ve further refined their amalgam of decidedly UK sounds - 2 Step, Deep House and Modern Soul - with the help of the irresistable Gregory Porter on vocals.

  • Destroyer

    Dream Lover

    Merge Records

    In another twist to a recording career that’s already traversed unabashed Blue Eyed Soul, underplayed Electronica and - in the case of 2011’s breakthrough set Kaputt - Lounge Jazz at its louchest, Dan Bejar takes another tangent with eleventh long player Poison Season. The new record darts between Bowie-esque Seventies Rock, as can be heard so clearly on lead single Dream Lover, and heavily orchestrated ballads - two distinct themes which would sound wildly removed were it not for the Destroyer label that links them.

  • Django Django


    Happa Remix

    There’s never been any mystery surrounding Django Django's admiration of electronic music and with Born Under Saturn the band further illustrated their love of the club, not least with the remixes which accompanied its release. Following previous appointments with Mickey Pearce and Ghost Culture, the Djangos now enlist Happa for a revision of Reflections. The young producer completely dismantles the track and adds the kind of gritty swing that links him with a host of homegrown artists lending Techno a human feel.

  • Robert Smith

    There’s a Girl In The Corner

    The Twilight Sad Cover

    The Cure’s influence is clearly audible across vast swathes of contemporary Rock yet it’s rare you hear of Robert Smith openly endorsing any of the many younger contemporaries who’ve grown up with his music, which is why when The Twilight Sad heard from Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwate that the singer had cited them as a longtime favourite they thought it was little more than an elaborate prank. A subsequent email exchange proved to contrary and the two bands are now set to share a double-sided single out next month.

  • PINS


    Bella Union

    Each previous single from PINS has illuminated a different side of the Mancunian quartet, who whether staring straight into the spotlight or receding to the shadows seem to carry things off with just the right amount of nonchalant Rock & Roll. New single Molly is perhaps the most foreboding offering since they started work on the forthcoming Wild Nights, its dirge of tremolo guitars and rattling drums countered by the punch of the girls’ four-part harmonies. The new album, their first for Bella Union, arrives in June.

  • Drenge

    Running Wild

    Directed by Ed Lovelace

    Much more than just a music video, Ed Lovelace has created an endearing portrait of rural life in the 21st Century for Running Wild. The director, who so successfully captured Edwyn Collins’ endless energy and heartmelting determination in the beautiful feature The Possibilities Are Endless, offers an honest and emotive study of the Richardson family whose ancestors have been farming in Drenge’s native Derbyshire for more than a thousand years.

  • Lost and Found:

    Toddla T in Sheffield

    Though he now calls London home and has spent the past few years travelling between the UK and Jamaica, Toddla T is still very much a product of the Steel City. The producer returns to his childhood home in this latest episode of Lost and Found, building a brand new track out of sounds he captures in one of the city’s famous forges, the iconic Henderson’s Sauce factory and from the comparative stillness of the neighbouring Peak District.

  • Girl Band

    Album Teaser

    Clamorous quartet Girl Band have been keeping a low profile since signing a much-discussed record deal at the end of last year, spending the first part of the year writing towards their debut then hitting the studio last month. The first teaser from these sessions might surprise fans of thrilling singles Lawman and De Bom Bom, but as all of their previous releases have already proved, the young Dubliners have a bit of a knack for offering up the unexpected.

  • Spoek Mathambo presents:

    Future Sound of Mzansi

    Directed by Spoek Mathambo and Lebogang Rasethaba

    This new three-part documentary should prove essential for any music fans with even a passing interest in one of the many hyper-localised movements that are defining South Africa’s Dance music, both at home and overseas. Travelling between Durban, Cape Town, Soweto and Johannesburg and linking with artists as varied as House hero Black Coffee and Shangaan Electro’s chief architect Nozinja, this first episode alone is illuminating.

  • SOAK

    Before We Forgot How To Dream

    Rough Trade

    With recording finished before she’d reached eighteen years old there are many ways in which Before We Forgot How To Dream could be interpreted as a coming-of-age album, though the maturity with which the Bridie Monds-Watson tackles each tracks own individual narrative and the musicianship which resounds throughout both point to a talent that belies her tender years. This maturity allows the Derry-born balladeer to balance wild-eyed experimentation with left-of-centre Pop.

  • Dele Sosimi

    You No Fit Touch Am

    Wah Wah 45s

    Born in Hackney but raised in his parents native Nigeria, Dele Sosimi was still a teenager when he joined Fela Kuti’s seminal Egypt 80 group. Fast rising through the ranks and taking on the role of musical director, he eventually left to help found Femi Kuti’s Positive Force in the late Eighties. Now living in London once again Sosimi found himself surrounded with a band of his own and booked into the famed Fish Market Studios in Dollis Hill with the restless Nostalgia 77, who produces the Afrobeat icon’s first set in a decade.

  • Jose Padilla

    So Many Colours

    International Feel

    As resident DJ at Cafe Del Mar, Jose Padilla not only became an Ibizan institution but also grew to be recognised as one of the originators of the modern Balearic sound. Now aged 60, Padilla continues to embody the same Baleriac ethos, playing sunset parties at beaches all over Europe. Whilst still in demand as a DJ he’s still found time to work with producers Telephones, Jan Schulte, Tornado Wallace and International Feel founder Mark Barrot on an album that’s as eclectic and uplifting as the scene he helped create.

  • Various Artists

    One Night Stand #1 Brooklyn

    In 2012 cellist Gaspar Claus brought together an enviable ensemble of artists and set them a task; after two days of active collaboration each would bring a new piece of work to the stage in Brooklyn, the rest of the assembled players improvising an accompaniment whilst artist Clara Claus created a live graphic score. The concert, which featured Sufjan Stevens, The National’s Bryce Dessner, Porcelain Raft and many more, is now available on a super limited edition vinyl release with an accompanying film shot by La Blogotheque.

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    Station To Station: A 30 Day Happening

    Barbican, London

    Saturday 27th June - Saturday 25th July

    This summer, visual artist Doug Aitken brings his kaleidoscopic film Station To Station to the UK for the first time - and to celebrate he's curated an unassailable series of happenings along with the Barbican. Amongst the thirty days of exchanges there are some special one-off events and unique collaborations featuring Mica Levi, LoneLady, Savages, Factory Floor, Suicide and even a rare appearance from the master of minimalism, Terry Riley.

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    Robert Glasper

    Edinburgh Hub, Edinburgh

    Monday 10th August

    When prolific pianist Robert Glasper last visited the UK he did so with his Hip Hop infused Experiment, fresh off the back of their second Black Radio record. This time round he brings his trusted trio, leaving the beats behind and focussing on the more straight ahead sounds of his first two albums. Sandwiched between the Brecon Jazz Festival and an illustrious three night stand at Ronnie’s, Robert and the band hit Edinburgh for this lone show. 

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    Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington

    Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds

    Wednesday 24th June

    Whilst not technically a live event, Scott Crawford’s documentary on DC's legendary Hardcore scene collates footage from a decade’s worth of incredible shows that helped define the American underground for the following ten years. The critically acclaimed film, which features legends like Bad Brains, Minor Threat and Fugazi performing in their prime, makes its UK debut in Leeds next month before travelling around for the following fortnight.