Ah excellent, I'm really chuffed you found plenty on here to enjoy. I think it's starting to look less likely that I'm going to receive any mixes from my assigned swaps, so if you are happy to send a copy of yours then that would be great. Can PM you my address?
Re. the standouts -
Whyte Horses are from Manchester and not sure how much their music has spread beyond the local area, but the album was one of my top 5 this year in the AOTY thread. Really cool, stylish record.
Clap Your Hands - the self titled debut one the mixtape song is taken from is definitely the one to get. It's probably really cheap to buy online now and really consistent throughout. I think you'll like it.
Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet - the song was taken from The Fountain OST which they did all the music for. The whole soundtrack is just incredible and more than stands on its own merits beyond supporting the film. You can't go far wrong with either of these imo, but this is a great place to start.
YMSS - Glad this proved a gem. This is taken from their first EP which I think is impossible to get hold of now. They also released the song as a split 7" single with the Edmund Fitzgerald who later morphed into Foals. Their next EP is probably their best work I think and you should be able to get copies of. It got re-released in a jewel case with a couple of extra tracks, but the original handmade edition is very nice if you can find:
They then shortened their name to Youthmovies and made an album that was maybe a little more commercial and maybe emo than previous stuff, but still good and easy to buy. I can upload that first EP to my dropbox and pm you a link if you like?
Leisure Society - I remember liking this song and buying on itunes when it came out, but in honesty I don't think I ever investigated them further. I think I was afraid this would be their highpoint and doing so would only lead to disappointment!
Funny you should say that about Laura Marling - my wife is the same and I don't think she knows exactly why either. Ugly Casanova was spin off band of Isaac Brock from Modest Mouse - I always loved the combination of rootsy Tom Waits clang and the layered vocals. Glad you enjoyed the mix though, you're welcome.