Friday, October 16, 2015

Mercury Prize 2015 :: Nominations

Words: Alison Mack

After much speculation and debate, the twelve albums nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize include

The final list of nominees, which showcase the best of British music, is drawn from a longlist of 290 eligible albums, judged by a panel of experts, which this year included Corinne Bailey Rae and Anna Calvi, NME Editor Greg Cochrane, DJ and broadcaster MistaJam, and Radio X presenter John Kennedy.

The winner will be announced on November 20.

Previous winners include Arctic Monkeys for their debut album 'Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not', Elbow for 'The Seldom Seen Kid', and last year's winners Young Fathers for 'Dead'.

1. Aphex Twin - Syro
Richard D. James' first electronic album in 13 years.

2. Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
Debut album from the north London indie guitar quartet.

3. Roisin Murphy - Hairless Toys
The former Moloko vocalist's third solo album in eight years.

4. C Duncan - Architect
The lo-fi dreamfolk debut album from Glasgow's Christopher Duncan.

5. Eska - Eska
London-based Eska Mtungwazi's debut album weaves together hints of folk, soul, psychedelia and electronica.

6. Florence + The Machine - How Big How Blue How Beautiful
A concept album, Florence's third record and first studio album in three and a half years.

7. Ghostpoet - Shedding Skin
Third album from London electronic experimentor Obaro Ejimiw.

8. Benjamin Clementine - At Least For Now 
Debut album from the London native, former homeless busker in Parisian Metro stations.

9. Jamie xx - In Colour
Debut studio album by the record producer and member of The xx (themselves previous Mercury Prize winners).

10. SOAK - Before We Forgot How to Dream
Irish teen singer/songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson's debut album.

11. Gaz Coombes - Matador
Second solo album for the ex-Supergrass frontman.

12. Slaves - Are You Satisfied?
Tunbridge Wells garage punk duo's first album.

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