Mercury Prize 2013

I follow the Mercury Prize religiously each year because it always includes the four or five albums I want it to and the rest are always gems I’ve missed. It’s basically my source of ‘what you should have been listening to’ each year and this year is no different. The nominees were:

  • Arctic Monkeys – AM
  • David Bowie – The Next Day
  • Disclosure – Settle
  • Foals – Holy Fire
  • Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
  • James Blake – Overgrown
  • Jon Hopkins – Immunity
  • Laura Marling – Once I Was an Eagle
  • Laura Mvula – Sing to the Moon
  • Rudimental – Home
  • Savages – Silence Yourself
  • Villagers – {Awayland}

Villagers, Arctic Monkeys, Bowie, Foals, Jake Bugg, Laura Mvula and Laura Marling were already firm favourites of mine that frequent my turntable weekly and the rest were welcome additions to my list.

Last week the winner was announced in the ever pretentious and ill-informed coverage that accompanies the award annually. James Blake scooped the award for Overgrown which I have only heard in passing. I always try to listen through all the nominees thoroughly and this year I spent so long on Villagers & Foals I’ve barely squeezed a listen to the others in!