Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – ‘Push The Sky Away’ (Bad Seed LTD).
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds released their fifteenth album in February. However, although the band have worked here for decades and one member, Martyn P. Casey, was born in England, they may not be eligible as most of the band were not born in the UK.
Gabrielle Aplin – ‘English Rain’ (Parlophone).
After gaining a slot on the 2012 John Lewis Christmas advert with her cover of ‘The Power of Love’, Gabrielle Aplin gained much attention. Her debut album ‘English Rain’ was released in May 2013 by Parlophone, reaching a peak of number 2 on UK album charts.
Primal Scream – ‘More Light’ (Ignition Records).
After winning the first Mercury award in 1992 with their third studio album ‘Screamadelica’ , Primal Scream went on to be nominated again in 1997 with their fifth studio album ‘Vanishing Point’. ‘More Light’, released in May 2013, features singles ‘2013’ and ‘It’s Alright, It’s OK’.
Laura Marling – ‘Once I Was An Eagle’ (Virgin).
Laura Marling has been gaining critical success since her debut. Twice a shortlisted nominee for the Mercury award, starting with her first album ‘Alas, I Cannot Swim’ in 2008, then with her 2010 album, ‘I Speak Because I Can’, her success continues with her most recent album ‘Once I Was an Eagle’, released in May 2013.
Disclosure – ‘Settle’ (PMR, Island).
‘Settle’, the debut studio album from the Disclosure pair was released in May 2013, gaining vibrant critical success. Featuring hit singles such as ‘Latch’ and ‘White Noise’, the album gained numerous positive reviews. NME’s Eve Barlow coined ‘Disclosuremania’, which will go on to ‘sweep the nation’.
KT Tunstall – ‘Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon’ (EMI).
Previously nominated for the 2005 Mercury Award for her debut ‘Eye to the Telescope’, KT Tunstall returns with her fourth studio ‘Invisible Empire/ Crescent Moon’. Positive reviews such as 4/5 from Allmusic and 5/5 stars from Virgin media, suggest a Mercury Award nomination could be in sight.
Black Sabbath – ’13’ (Vertigo, Universal).
‘13’, Black Sabbath’s nineteenth album was released in June, gaining positive reviews. These include Allmusic’s 4.5/5 stars, and NME’s 7/10, where ‘13’ is suggested to be ‘everything you’d want from a new Black Sabbath album featuring three of the original members.’
Travis – ‘Where You Stand’ (Red Telephone Box/Kobalt Label Services).
‘Where You Stand’ is the seventh album from the Scottish group, and their first in five years. Featuring singles ‘Moving’ and the titular ‘Where You Stand’, Travis supported the album’s release with a string of live appearances.
Ellie Goulding – ‘Halcyon’ (Polydor).
The second album from the English popstar was well received, debuting at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart and at number 1 on UK Download Albums Chart. The singer later released an extended edition of the album, ‘Halcyon Days’, with single ‘Burn’ reaching the number 1 spot on the UK Singles Chart.