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The Hyundai Mercury Prize 2019: from The 1975 to Little Simz, let’s have a look at the nominees’ chances, shall we?

It’s unsurprising that people (read: music journalists on Twitter) get completely hung up on the Hyundai Mercury Prize. Whereas the BRITs are a reflection of what the British public actually listens to and buys – in all its glory and horror – the Mercurys are usually reserved for music nerds who pretend to have listened to all the nominations, then...

Mark, My Words: I don’t hate this year’s Mercury Prize shortlist and it’s making me question reality

Like Jeremy Hunt hearing a fox being ripped apart by dogs and instantly getting an erection as tiny yet firm as a thimble made from the core of a neutron star, we in the music media open the email containing each year’s Mercury Prize shortlist with an intense, semi-erotic bloodlust. Which vast raft of experimental leftfield geniuses have they...