The Mercury Music prize shortlist has been announced. What do you think of the nominations? Who should win? Comment below, and in the meantime, here's some videos from some of the candidates...
We all know the bogglingly bizarre history of the Mercury prize (M People’s win over Pulp, Speech Debelle’s shock triumph last year, the fact Talvin Singh and Badly Drawn Boy can win within 12 months of each other, Gorillaz withdrawing their own nomination in 2001, highlighting the fact we’ve been force fed that cartoon band for an entire decade).
However, there will be some certs. Hyped-up indie will feature, so expect a showing from some of the following: Bombay Bicycle Club, Mumford & Sons, Foals, The Big Pink, Noah & The Whale and Wild Beasts.
There’s always a seat at the table for token folksters – might this be Laura Marling’s year? Dizzee’s probably blown his chances of a repeat win with ‘Tongue ‘N Cheek’ but the urban slot could be taken by Plan B or Giggs, and surely for the esoteric avant-jazz entry it will be Acoustic Ladyland’s year? Or some other bunch of forty-something music teacher noodlers who we've never heard of and never will again and whose album may or may not feature gratuitous djembe solos.
Or maybe not. You. Just. Never. Know. Personally, I’d like to see Fuck Buttons, These New Puritans, Marina & The Diamonds and The xx fight it out but they’ll probably hand it to that godawful Kele record.
Update (Tue July 20th): The 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist has been announced:
Biffy Clyro – 'Only Revolutions'
Corinne Bailey Rae – 'The Sea'
Dizzee Rascal – 'Tongue N' Cheek'
Kit Downes Trio – 'Golden'
Foals – 'Total Life Forever'
I Am Kloot – 'Sky At Night'
Laura Marling – 'I Speak Because I Can'
Mumford And Sons – 'Sigh No More'
Paul Weller – 'Wake Up The Nation'
Villagers – 'Becoming A Jackal'
Wild Beasts – 'Two Dancers'
The XX – 'XX'
Which album do you think should win?