This past Wednesday evening the shortlisted nominations were announced for the 2014 Mercury Prize. In general the awards seem to be pretty devise with the annual announcement causing as many complaints as cheers, but we'd put our necks out and say that this is good year with about four or five very worthy winners.
We'll give you some notable absentees (as an exercise in perhaps flagging them up incase you missed them). Metronomy's 'Love Letters' is full of their finest moments. Kiran Leonard's 'Bowler Hat Soup' is absolutely bonkers and would have been an exciting one to champion. Both Gruff Rhys and Cate Le Bon on Turnstile Records would have been eligible and produced amazing pieces of work. Perhaps they didn't see fit to enter (it is pricey) which can only be the reason that TOY, Temples and Wytches from the Heavenly Records roster were omitted. Looking slightly more left-field it would have been nice to have seen Actress, SleafordMods or Luke Abbott get a nod. Lastly, Four Tet's 'Beautiful Rewind'... which better electronic album has been produced in the last 12 months?
Focusing on those lucky dozen who were picked, The Royal Blood album has exploded these last few weeks and they're destined for arenas before you know it. FKA Twigs is producing astonishing pop music as are the soulful Jungle. East India Youth has not often been long off our stereo and we're hoping that his exceptional debut gets heard a lot more. Lastly, Kate Tempest and Young Fathers. Two exceptionally talented artists from a roster of hardworking and utterly deserving folk in Ninja/Big Dadda. Their records are certainly two of our favourites this year so that is where our heart goes with the voting.... if anyone was interested.
We'll try and get stock of GoGo Penguin very soon. Their artwork is superb.
The overall winner of the 2014 Prize will be announced at the Barclaycard Mercury prize awards show at the Roundhouse in London on Wednesday 29 October 2014.
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Young Fathers, the Edinburgh based trio of Liberian, Nigerian and Scottish heritage, make the kind of uncompromisingly leftfield, forward thinking hip hop that has nothing to do with artiness and everything to do with brilliance. Exactly the sort of music that Big Dada was founded to release.
Following on from the widely acclaimed EPs 'TAPE ONE' and 'TAPE TWO' (Anticon), Big Dada / Anticon release Young Fathers' debut album 'DEAD'.
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