Mercury Prize outsiders Eska and C Duncan experience huge increase in Spotify streams

Gaz Coombes, Roisin Murphy and Aphex Twin also see large uplift in UK streams

Mercury Prize nominees Eska and C Duncan have seen a massive increase in streaming figures following their shortlisting for this year’s award.

The two acts were among 12 albums announced on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music radio show on Friday (October 16). The shortlist – celebrating the best albums of the past 12 months released by a British or Irish artist – was chosen by an independent judging panel, which this year included former nominees Anna Calvi, Corinne Bailey Rae and Nick Mulvey among broadcasters, journalists and DJs.

Zimbabwean-born, London-raised singer Eska has seen a 2,965 per cent increase in UK streams of her self-titled album, while ‘Architect’ by Fat Cat Records-signed bedroom producer C Duncan has seen a 1,040 per cent uplift compared to streaming figures 24 hours prior to the shortlist announcement.

Meanwhile, Gaz Coombes‘ second solo album ‘Matador’ has seen a 267 per cent increase in streams, Aphex Twin‘s ‘Syro’ a 158 per cent increase, while Florence + The Machine’s ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ has only been streamed 10 per cent more than usual.

See the full list of UK stream increases following the Mercury Prize announcement below.

Eska – ‘Eska’ (2,965 per cent)
C Duncan – ‘Architect’ (1,040 per cent)
Benjamin Clementine – ‘At Least For Now’ (455 per cent)
Gaz Coombes – ‘Matador’ (267 per cent)
Roisin Murphy – ‘Hairless Toys’ (246 per cent)
Aphex Twin – ‘Syro’ (158 per cent)
Ghostpoet – ‘Shedding Skin’ (76 per cent)
Slaves – ‘Are You Satisfied?’ (55 per cent)
Wolf Alice – ‘My Love Is Cool’ (49 per cent)
Soak – ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’ (40 per cent)
Jamie xx – ‘In Colour’ (24 per cent)
Florence + The Machine – ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ (10 per cent)

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NME readers recently voted for Jamie xx as their favourite to win the Mercury Prize this year.

The xx drummer is the bookies’ joint favourite to win the 2015 award along with Florence + The Machine, but in an NME poll of who readers would like to see take home the accolade, the electronic musician’s solo debut ‘In Colour’ has come out on top.

Jamie xx is followed in the poll by Wolf Alice and Slaves, with Gaz Coombes, Florence and Aphex also among the nominees with the most votes.

If Jamie xx wins this year’s award then he’ll become the first musician to win both as a solo artist and with a band, after The xx picked up the Prize in 2010.

NME poll results:

Jamie xx (23.29 per cent)
Wolf Alice (22.01 per cent)
Slaves (15.64 per cent)
Gaz Coombes (11.52 per cent)
Florence + The Machine (10.91 per cent)
Aphex Twin (6.22 per cent)
Ghostpoet (2.96 per cent)
Roisin Murphy (2.22 per cent)
Soak (2.22 per cent)
Benjamin Clementine (1.65 per cent)
C Duncan (1.07 per cent)
Eska (0.3 per cent)

The winner of the Mercury will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Lauren Laverne at London’s Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House on November 20. The BBC will screen the winning ceremony after Channel 4 broadcast the final for the previous two years.