Mercury Prz 2011

The UK's very own Mercury Music Prize is taking place tonight. For those outside the UK who may not be too familiar with the concept, we here in Britain have this thing every year where some panel pick what they believe to be the best album by a British artist that has been released in that year. It's often a really good platform for new artists and has a hell of a lot of credibility attached to it by pretty much the entire music industry, as well as audiences.

This year, I fear that due to the immense popularity that some of the nominees have gained this past 12 months, it could be pretty one sided. I'd personally like to see either James Blake or King Creosote to win. But artists such as those, contending against the likes of pop-turned-super star Adele, and UK sensation Katy B they may well be overshadowed. Both having a considerably more commercial success than a number of the other nominees. I'll be tuning in this evening to the live ceremony, in order to find out who'll be declared as the winner this year; immediately reporting back of course. Admittedly I'd say most are deserving of the prize, but finger's crossed for the underdog. Here's a little collective playlist of this years nominees (excluding Gwilym Simcock as it's extremely hard to find any mp3 links for him whatsoever):

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Bubble

James Blake - I Never Learnt To Share

Elbow - Buffalo Ghosts

Anna Calvi - Jezabel

Everything Everything - My Kz, Ur BF

Katy B - Let Me Go (Maverick Sabre cover)

Adele - Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan cover)

Metronomy - We Broke Free

PJ Harvey - Written On The Forehead

Tinie Tempah - Wonderman (feat. Ellie Goulding)

Ghostpoet - Morning feat. Micachu by Brownswood

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