There are twelve albums of the year listed, but only one can win in the end. Now, it's time for us to explore the artists and make our best guess at who's going to come out with the crown.
Jessie's haunting voice and catchy drum beats will leave you hooked, believe me. You're about to be a hungry trout caught on a misty morning.
: Django Django
Django Django's "Storm" under the Best New Artist category in our own version of the MTV 2012 VMA nominations. While MTV apparently failed (again) to see what good new music is, fortunately those in charge of The Mercury Prize did not.
: Given to the Wild
The Maccabees are finally being recognized and nominated after releasing their third album in January. Currently, they're supporting Florence and the Machine on a U.S. tour. I suggest you go catch them now before their following gets even larger.
: Roller Trio
Looking for something different to kick off the fall season? Great, because this is all you're going to need. After meeting at Leeds College of Music, this trio came together and began to make sweet, sweet music. After already receiving the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award in 2011, they're up to win again.
: Standing At The Sky's Edge
Richard Hawley has played with the likes of Little Walter and John Lee Hooker, which is impressive in and of itself. His music is wistful and nostalgic, and his voice leaves me with little reminders of the one and only Roy Orbison. I'm sorry to say, though, that if you live in North America, you won't be able to see him this year (unless you feel like flying across the ocean, that is). But don't fret, watch this to tide you over:
Maybe you haven't heard, but Field Music is set to release a covers album, Field Music Plays...
on 10/1, with songs including Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" and The Beatles' "Don't Pass Me By." If you want a copy (I do), I suggest you head over to their website and purchase it ASAP, as there is a limited pressing and no digital copies available.
And while you sit next to your mailbox waiting, check out one of their
: Home Again
Though he originally set out to be a session guitarist, Kiwanuka has proved himself to be a beautifully soulful singer-songwriter. Like many great artists, Kiwanuka had trouble finding a place where he felt that he fit in, and so began to write quietly in the privacy of his own bedroom. Check out Baeble's review of the album here
Not to be too demanding, but I also think that you should probably go see him live
; I've already written it down on my calendar.
: Every Kingdom
When he's not making us laugh by covering "Call Me Maybe"
, Ben Howard is thanking his fans for getting him as far as he is today. Do yourself a favor and check him out on tour this fall
. If you're not convinced yet, watch this video:
: Ill Manors
"ill Manors" opens with a violin that for some reason reminds me of Alien Ant Farm's rendition of "Smooth Criminal. I guess I have a weird mind. In any case, Plan B is certainly someone that you all should be aware of. Check out this video:
Also worth noting: just the fact that this album was nominated makes history, as it's the first time a soundtrack has been shortlisted for the Mercury Prize.
: An Awesome Wave
The members of Alt-J met at Leeds University in 2007, and first began recording in their dorm rooms, of all places. You can find Baeble's review of the highly anticipated album here
. If you want to show your support, see if the tour is coming to a city near you
Lianne La Havas
: Is Your Love Big Enough
The title track is sure to get you up and singing what is sure to be the new lovers anthem into your hair brush. But Lianna isn't your standard, glitter-on-the-face diva - she is one of those rocking chick songwriters who are sure to inspire. Read Baeble's review of her debut album here
: Ground Of Its Own
Sam Lee's band consists of instruments from all areas of music, combining together to back up his unique voice and create a whole new sound. Cellos, violins, cantele, Jews harp, ukulele, cornet, and Shruti box - you'll find it all here. Give it a listen: