This Year’s Mercury Prize Nominees

Last year, I used England’s Mercury Prize nominee list to discover some great new music. Some of that music turned out to be quite popular around here, and by the sounds of it, other places as well (BEN HOWARD, ALT-J and JESSE WARE).  So let’s see what this years group has in store.  Before even listening to the artists, the first things that struck me were the inclusion of some big names and some epic comebacks.  Like last year, I’ve selected a song from each album to create a nice little sampler.

1.  ARCTIC MONKEYS   “Snap Out Of It”  (from AM  2013).   Check out this cool acoustic version.

2.  DAVID BOWIE   “Valentine’s Day”  (from The Next Day  2013).  This is a strong candidate for album of the year.  I LOVE old Bowie.  (Thanks Alice, thanks Paul).

3.  DISCIPLINE   “When A Fire Starts To Burn”  (from Settle  2013).  Undeniably catchy.

4.  FOALS   “My Number”  (from Holy Fire   2013).

5.   JAKE BUGG    “Lightning Bolt”  (from Jake Bugg  2012).   BOB DYLAN?  nah…  LONNIE DONEGAL?  Maybe.

6.  JAMES BLAKE  “Retrograde”  (from Overgrown  2013).   Snooze fest…

7.  JON HOPKINS  “Open Eye Signal”  (from Immunity  2013).

8.  LAURA MARLING  “I Was An Eagle”  (from Once I Was An Eagle  2013).  I don’t get all the fuss.  Another snooze fest.

9.  LAURA MVULA   “Green Garden”  (from Sing To The Moon  2013).   I usually hate videos, but this is very cool.  Great song.

10.  RUDIMENTAL  “Feel The Love”  (from Home  2013).

11.  SAVAGES  “Husbands”  (from Silence Yourself  2013

12.  VILLAGERS  “Earthly Pleasure”   (from {Awayland}  2013).

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