2015 nominees tackle 'Matilda' on BBC Radio 1
Wolf Alice have covered Alt-J’s ‘Matilda’ in the Radio 1 Live Lounge today (November 20).
The band appeared prior to this evening’s Mercury Prize ceremony in London. With their debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’ among the nominations, Wolf Alice chose to cover a song by the 2012 winners.
Alt-J picked up the prize for their own debut, ‘An Awesome Wave’, three years ago.
Yesterday, bookmakers cut their odds on Benjamin Clementine winning this year’s Mercury Prize following a spate of bets in the past 48 hours.
Clementine is nominated for his album ‘At Least For Now’ and was previously considered an outsider to win the prize behind fellow nominees such as Jamie xx, Florence and The Machine and Wolf Alice.
However, William Hill now have him as the 9/2 second favourite after he attracted over 50 per cent of all bets on this year’s outcome in the last 48 hours. Jamie xx remains the 4/1 favourite with Wolf Alice behind Clementine with odds of 7/1.
“Benjamin Clementine started the betting as the 10/1 outsider yet he is the most popular selection amongst our punters and his odds have tumbled recently,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.
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.
See William Hill’s latest odds below:
Jamie xx – ‘In Colour’ (4/1)
Benjamin Clementine – ‘At Least For Now’ (9/2)
Wolf Alice – ‘My Love Is Cool’ (7/1)
Eska – ‘Eska’ (8/1)
Ghostpoet – ‘Shedding Skin’ (8/1)
Aphex Twin – ‘Syro’ (12/1)
Slaves – ‘Are You Satisfied?’ (12/1)
Soak – ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’ (12/1)
Roisin Murphy – ‘Hairless Toys’ (14/1)
Gaz Coombes – ‘Matador’ (16/1)
C Duncan – ‘Architect’ (20/1)
Florence + The Machine – ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’ (20/1)
NME readers recently voted for Jamie xx as their favourite to win the Mercury Prize this year.
The xx member was 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.
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.