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Mercury Prize 2013: List of nominees in full

David Bowie’s first new album for a decade is leading the field for this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize, which has returned to the mainstream after 2012’s shortlist was dubbed the “most obscure” in recent history.

Vinyl countdown has fans queueing round the block

For the vinyl obsessive, camping outside one of the UK’s remaining independent record shops, today is the equivalent of Stella McCartney launching a limited edition high-street collection for fashion bargain-hunters.

Album: The Bottletop Band, Dream Service (Bottletop)

This loose supergroup assembled by "fourth Beastie Boy" Mario Caldato Jnr in aid of fair trade/youth development charity Bottletop combines Brazilian musicians with Brits such as Tim Burgess, Eliza Doolittle and assorted Arctic Monkeys. It's a mixed bunch, from outright samba to subtly Amazonian indie-funk. Gruff Rhys, who has form for Brazilian flavours (from SFA's "Northern Lites" to his Tony Da Gatorra collaboration), proves the pick with the psycho-tropical title track.

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20 years of the Warp factor

Sheffield's Warp Records celebrates its 20th anniversary in September. Nick Hasted looks back on the cutting-edge electronica/indie label that has produced acts as diverse as Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Grizzly Bear and Maxïmo Park