The biggest thing to happen in music this week was, without a doubt, the announcement of the Mercury Prize nominations. You’ve probably read way too much about it already, so here’s some more opinions (and also two fun songs you might like).
Mercury Prize Nominees
There is SO much to say about this, but I shall rein it in. Firstly, here’s full the list of nominees:
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’
Everything Everything – ‘A Fever Dream’
Everything Is Recorded – ‘Everything Is Recorded’
Florence + The Machine – ‘High As Hope’
King Krule – ‘The OOZ’
Jorja Smith – ‘Lost & Found’
Lily Allen – ‘No Shame’
Nadine Shah – ‘Holiday Destination’
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘Who Built The Moon?’
Novelist – ‘Novelist Guy’
Sons of Kemet – ‘Your Queen Is A Reptile’
Wolf Alice – ‘Visions of a Life’
Last year Sampha won with ‘Process’ – unsurprisingly one of the best albums of the year. We all have a lot of re-listening to do this weekend, but for now here are my preliminary bets.
Nadine Shah’s politically-charged album was awesome, tackling the refugee crisis, a “fascist in the White House” and a lack of empathy in human beings. It’s a touching record from a woman with an INSANE voice. Love it.
Jorja Smith’s debut as been storming its way across everything. It’s vibey, smooth and delicious in every way, with some serious Lauryn Hill vibes. She wrote Teenage Fantasy at the age of 16, and has a Mercury Prize nomination at the age of 21. The songs can get a bit samey, and often I find her voice a little cringey. But we will see.
The Everything Everything record has some absolute bangers. Catchy and clever synth pop is everyone’s favourite blend of synth pop, and Jonathan Higgs’s exceptional vocals truly are something to behold.
Finally, Arctic Monkeys probably have a good chance. I dislike the album (sorry). But, they’ve been nominated four times before, winning with their awesome debut ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’. People just can’t get enough of ‘em.
Doe – Heated
I’m loving lots of stuff on the Big Scary Monsters label at the moment. Doe, an indie-punk band from London, shared a new single Heated this week that comes alongside news of a fresh new album, ‘Grow Into It’. More than anything, to be honest I think I just love the colour scheme of the video. Hello new interior design project…
Wolf Girl – Toast For Dinner
I love toast. I love toast for breakfast, and also for dinner. To be honest, any meal of the day works for me. The DIY vibes of the video combine with a fun kids-disco-esque backdrop and a whole magician theme going on. FUN. The track comes from ‘Every Now & Then’, the band’s sophomore album, scheduled for October 19 through Everything Sucks Music. Get your eyes and ears on this.
Till next time, pals.