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Mercury Prize 2019 Odds

Who wins the Mercury Prize 2019?

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MERCURY PRIZE 2019

Few months back, the shortlisted nominees for Hyundai Mercury Prize 2019 was announced; a prestigious annual music prize awarded to the best album released in the United Kingdom by a British or Irish artist. The shortlist is chosen by an independent board of musicians, music presenters, music producers, music journalists, festival organisers and other figures in the music industry in the UK and Ireland. The prize is open to all types of music, including pop, rock, folk, urban, grime, dance, jazz, blues, electronica and classical.

Previous winners include Primal Scream, Suede, M People, Portishead, Pulp, Roni Size and Reprazent, Gomez, Talvin Singh, Badly Drawn Boy, Ms. Dynamite, Dizzee Rascal, Franz Ferdinand, Antony and the Johnsons, Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons, Elbow, Speech Debelle, The xx, PJ Harvey, alt-J, James Blake, Young Fathers, Benjamin Clementine, Skepta, Sampha and Wolf Alice.

Past winners like Arctic Monkeys, the xx, Wolf Alice, Skepta, James Blake and more were all deserving of the respect, in spite of never getting an opportunity alongside the Taylor Swifts and Bruno Mars of the world awards ceremonies.

Mercury Prize has had its fair share of surprises as Gomez, Speech Debelle, Ms. Explosive, Talvin Singh, Roni Size and Reprazent and M People all have won the award despite having much more influential and lasting artists among the shortlisted nominees. That unpredictability is what makes Mercury Prize such an interesting award to watch out for. The 2019 Mercury Prize Award show will take place on Thursday 19 September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

Below, we give you an introduction on each of this year's nominees;

1. Anna Calvi: Hunter

Anna Calvi described her third studio album Hunter in a chat with BBC as her "queer, feminist" album  - a bolder, freer record than her first two albums (both of which were also nominated for the Mercury Prize). The album, Hunter, is as put by Mercury, a “wildly adventurous musical exploration of sexual identities and desires”. The songwriter and guitarist has also written and performed the score for the entire new season of BBC One’s Peaky Blinders, due to air later this year.

2. Black Midi – Schlagenheim

The experimental rock band released Schlagenheim June 2019. "Black Midi are so wilfully resistant to following any obvious musical path that it is impossible not to enjoy the ride" as put by Mercury.

3. Cate Le Bon – Reward

The album, Reward, is as put by Mercury, a “Elegant, urgent and shimmeringly romantic”. Reward was released in May, Cate Le Bon’s fifth album, Reward, is hard to categorise but surprisingly easy to consume.

4. Dave – Psychodrama

Psychodrama was released in March 2019. The album, Psychodrama, is as put by Mercury, as “A powerful and astutely crafted memoir of Dave's life and our times”.

5. Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost

Released in March 2019. The album, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, is as put by Mercury, as “A musical soundtrack to the drama of climate change”.

6. Fontaines DC – Dogrel

Released in April 2019. The album, Dogrel, is as put by Mercury, as “Smartly written, impatiently driven. Irresistible reflections on urban change and loss”.

7. Idles – Joy As an Act of Resistance

Released in August 2018. The album, Joy As an Act of Resistance, is as put by Mercury, as “A bruising, uplifting guitar-charged defiance of austerity and hatred”.

8. Little Simz – Grey Area

Little Simz is widely regarded as one of the most underrated British rappers on the scene, Her fourth album, Grey Area released in March 2019, is as put by Mercury, as “Rap as self-reflection, vulnerability as power. Poignant and implacable”.

9. Nao – Saturn

Released in October 2018. The album, Saturn, is as put by Mercury, as “Beautifully crafted songs and buoyant vocals. An impeccable soul album”.

10. SEED Ensemble – Driftglass

Released in February 2019. The album, Driftglass, is as put by Mercury, as “Rousing and inspiring”.

11. Slowthai – Nothing Great about Britain

Released in May 2019. The album, Nothing Great about Britain, is as put by Mercury, as “Absorbing, vivid stories of lives lived at the cultural margins, told with tenderness, rage and humour”.

12. The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.

Released in November 2018. The album, A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, is as put by Mercury, as “Thrilling and thoughtful, eccentric and electric”.


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