The Nationwide Mercury Music prize is pleased to announce it is warming up to the release of the nominees for this years awards with a recommended music section. While the details of award nominees will not be released until July, the Nationwide Mercury Music prize website now features a recommended list of music from across all genres to help music lovers find more great music in the meantime.
The recommended page features new bands, and also some longer-standing groups and musicians whom listeners may want to be reminded about.

The Nationwide Mercury recommends page covers tracks and videos linking to free music at YouTube and MySpace, as well as information on album releases and live gigs of interest.

Groups featured include The Ting Tings, Erykah Badu, These New Puritans, The Roots, Jamie Lidell, Shortwave Set and Flairs. There is also information on upcoming gigs by Beck, and a remastered collectors edition of the first album by Joy Division.

Previous winners of the Nationwide Mercury music prize include Ami Winehouse and the Kaiser Chiefs.

The Mercury awards are sponsored by Nationwide, the world’s biggest building society, and a leading provider in the UK of loans, car insurance as well as credit card and current account banking services.