Mike Skinner backs Kate Tempest to win Mercury Prize

Tempest is nominated for the 2014 Prize for her album 'Everybody Down'

Mike Skinner has backed Kate Tempest to win this year’s Mercury Prize.

Tempest is currently one of the favourites to win the award, alongside FKA Twigs, East India Youth and Damon Albarn.

Mike Skinner received two Mercury nominations during his time as The Streets and has also remixed Tempest’s new single ‘Circles’, which can be streamed exclusively via NME.COM now.

Speaking about Tempest, Skinner says: “I think she’ll do the business at the Mercury.” However, he is wary that her status as a favourite may act against her when the winner is decided next month. “The Mercury panel are very contrary though so if too many people think she’s going to win then they might go with someone else.”

The Mercury Prize 2014 winner will be announced at London’s Roundhouse on October 29. James Blake won last year for his second album ‘Overgrown’, while Alt-J’s debut ‘An Awesome Wave’ won in 2012.

Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominees, with odds from William Hill, are:

FKA Twigs – ‘LP1’ (3/1)
Kate Tempest – ‘Everybody Down’ (4/1)
Damon Albarn – ‘Everyday Robots’ (8/1)
Royal Blood – ‘Royal Blood’ (9/2)
Nick Mulvey – ‘First Mind’ (8/1)
East India Youth – ‘Total Strife Forever’ (8/1)
Jungle – ‘Jungle’ (10/1)
Young Fathers – ‘Dead’ (12/1)
Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ (12/1)
Anna Calvi – ‘One Breath’ (14/1)
Polar Bear – ‘In Each And Every One’ (16/1)
GoGo Penguin – ‘v2.0’ (16/1)