Mercury Music Prize 2007 nominees: Maps

We profile Maps ahead of tonight's big announcement

Name: Maps

Album: ‘We Can Create’

Odds: 10/1

Who: James Chapman (he is Maps in the same way as Mike Skinner is The Streets) is a twentysomething shoegazing and electro obsessive from Northampton who signed to Mute Records last year. ‘We Can Create’, his debut album, released in May this year, is a stoner’s dream, complete with soft beats, buzzy guitars, synths and dreamy vocals. His star has been rising steadily with the release of every single, particularly ‘You Don’t Know Her Name’, an NME single of the week runner-up in July. His odds have been steadily lowering since the nominations were announced.

NME.COM will be bringing you the result live from the London ceremony, so come back from 9pm tonight to see who has won.