Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2014 Awarded

Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2014

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The Barclaycard Mercury Prize has been awarded for 2014. Of the twelve nominated contenders the winner was Young Fathers.

Whilst the group are a cool batch an shouldn’t be upset with the fallout, fans, critics and professional musicians could not see the barmy decision with credible light.

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Winner of the Prize 2014, Young Fathers.

The decision was clear from the Mercury Prize institution. They wanted to choose an outsider to seem like FalseFabs didn’t have influence over the ceremony yet lost credibility as a result. Last year we foresore the deserving winner James Blake, which no one else could predict as the winner. This year the Mercury Prize did not want to seem obvious to us so instead chose a random act. This did not really benefit tonight’s winners, made the Mercury Prize look institutional weak and disrespected its own standpoint as a prize.

Last month, when the shortlist was revealed we wrote of the potential winners who could win.

We will share our winning option nearer the time, to maintain a fair judging process. Though we have narrowed down three potential winners. We would hope the Mercury judges panel do not chose to ‘go against’ the deserving winner as an attempt to add difference to FalseFabs being musically in-tune with deserving talent.

As a tough choice, we would have picked GoGo Penguin. You can read the original article here – https://falsefabs.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/barclaycard-mercury-music-prize-2014-list-released/

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The ceremony was hosted by the ever dry and humourless Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw. Whenever Grimmy is booked for media ‘numbers’ the show fails. Lesson be learned? Probably not.

Well, if there’s an extra space on the panel, drop us an email from the contact tab above.

Though we do congratulate and do not wish to take away from Young Fathers for their contribution to music as a whole.

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Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2014 list released

Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2014 albums listed

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There is no denying 2014 has become ‘The Year of the Woman’ with the UK flurrying to boost females in top dog positions with government and corporation institutions. Last year FalseFabs foresore and predicted the leading winner James Blake, an outsider no-one recognised, except for the judges as well. The list, revealed last week on Thursday is below.

This year a woman should not win ‘just because’ but there are some strong credentials on offer from them. Though the boys are providing strong competition too. We have a few faves based on their talent and leading acts are – (in no order) Anna Calvi, GoGo Penguins and East India Youth.

We will share our winning option nearer the time, to maintain a fair judging process. Though we have narrowed down three potential winners. We would hope the Mercury judges panel do not chose to ‘go against’ the deserving winner as an attempt to add difference to FalseFabs being musically in-tune with deserving talent.

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2013 Mercury Prize holder James Blake

The prize is awarded on October 31st.

 

Shortlist

Anna Calvi – One Breath

Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

East India Youth – Total Strife Forever

FKA Twigs – LP1

GoGo Penguin v2.0

Jungle – Jungle

Kate Tempest – Everybody Down

Nick Mulvey – First Mind

Polar Bear – In Each and Every One

Royal Blood – Royal Blood

Young Fathers – Dead

 

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Mercury Music Prize awarded

Mercury Music Prize awarded

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Last night in London from the Roundhouse in Camden, the prestigious Mercury music prize was awarded. The gong was received by twenty-five year old music maestro James Blake.

It was evident to the obscure minds with a sound, distinct skill and apt aura that south Londoner Blake was a dead cert. We should have placed a bet. We forgot. We aren’t quids in. 😦 Never doubted it for a second.

Blake fought off competition from eleven other nominees including David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys and Laura Marling. All albums and artists are listed below. All twelve have an incredible yet distinctive sound. However, Blake tipped the scales with his resonance, eclectic and piercingly engaging sound.

The former Goldsmith’s University student nabbed the £20,000 reward that comes with the prize for his album, Overgrown.

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Blake said of his prize “I will not piss it up the wall.” Blake intends to spend some time perfecting his craft further with a little downtime to produce more music on from his exceptional sound. An artist does not rush their craft, so abruptly.

Blake perfected this second album himself after having a musical background as the son of a member in the band Colosseum.

The judges comprising the Mercury Prize panel said of Blake’s work it was “Late night music for the digital age. An inventive, poignant and poetic record of great beauty.”

Worthy Blake’s victory secures a notion where celebration for young, skilled and recognisable musical talent was acknowledged.

This can only lead for more genuine, young music to be provided and capture the imaginations of the consumers and thrill seekers, whilst still never counting out the oldies, either.

Host Lauren Laverne, whose evening gaff dubbing Blake “James Blunt” was an interesting moment for the ceremony.

The event, shelved from mainstream television broadcasting, as well as shutting out numerous cultured journalists in favour of ‘big name’ and magazine editors cast the ceremony as calamitous. The sexed up show with live coverage was met with indecision from fans.

SHORTLISTED ALBUMS

Arctic Monkeys, AM

Davie Bowie, The Next Day

Disclosure, Settle

Foals, Holy Fire

Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg

James Blake, Overgrown

Jon Hopkins, Immunity

Laura Marling, Once I was an Eagle

Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon

Rudimental, Home

Savages, Silence Yourself

Villagers, Awayland

 

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Album Review: Disclosure, Settle

Settle (2013)

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The hottest new, indie club duo providing a new wave of euphoric beats made a huge impact in their initial ‘being found ‘episodes a few months ago, most noted by us initially before mainstream media joined the bandwagon. Since the music duo Disclosure have risen and now attempt to place a massive footprint in the market with their debut album, Settle.

The sound is fresh, smooth and subtle adding a breezy club euphoria. However with all great albums there is at least one song that needs tweaking or is in the repertoire that isn’t as amazing, but is often forgiven if the rest of the tracks make up for this.

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Up to and including track 5 (When a fire starts to burn, Latch, F for you, White Noise feat. AlunaGeorge, Defeated no more feat. Ed Macfarlane) starts well, but begins to peak into the sixth as wayward and loses focal and aural concentration. Ironically “Stimulation” does not have the required effect and becomes too heavily clunky with boredom seeping through. However the tone of sound changes more positively three songs on going into “Grab Her!” starting to rebuild a more funky, indie reintegration. The end of the album is somewhat of a mild letdown as it tends to just end without a strong signoff.

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Nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize in September 2013.

The album is a classic Ibiza chillout comedown essential, or one for a Sunday morning hangover relaxer. The eclectic comedown has certainly put Disclosure on the musical map as one of its greatest producers for the modern generation with club and indie beats working succinctly together for listening pleasure. The pair, with their debut stamp of approval, may have a longer main stay in the industry if it can produce continual capable sounds that bind revellers together with thrilling joy. The boys have certainly ticked a number of positive boxes that can endorse them further on which will no doubt have musical forces join with than against them to light sounds for those listening in with glowing approval.

Best Tracks?  F for You, Latch, White Noise. Confess to me feat Jessie Ware.

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Mercury Music Prize Nominees announced

The candidates are in for the Mercury Music Prize. One of the most established prizes for budding new stars to launch a platform to the bloodsucking mainstream dilution has been revealed since Wednesday.

The prize represents artists of strong, unique value embodied with tight talent and pleasing musical sounds for audiences away from the average type of bubblegum pop today.

The shortlist of the twelve artists and albums in the running are below, and make for essential acquisition of many, if not all albums on offer.

This year’s prize is a tight contest. Our winner? It is an extreme task to select from such a diverse and outstanding batch of artistry on offer but, we’re backing Jon Hopkins or James Blake, with Blake as front runner. Their work has been immensely succinct and filled with style, sound and impact that carries listeners along to a wide range of achievable reality and fiction.

Arctic Monkeys and David Bowie are the favourites to win the prize, but criticism range from too predictable, aged and too mainstream to receive the prize as nothing achievable could be done with such rights. To be nominated is huge endorsement alone for artists’ respect of outstanding music contributions often ignored by big company music bosses unturned to the real public purchasers of sound. The prize has often handed a surprise victor numerous times. The award will be chosen next month.

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NOMINATED ALBUMS

 

Arctic Monkeys, AM

Davie Bowie, The Next Day

Disclosure, Settle

Foals, Holy Fire

Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg

James Blake, Overgrown

Jon Hopkins, Immunity

Laura Marling, Once I was an Eagle

Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon

Rudimental, Home

Savages, Silence Yourself

Villagers, Awayland

 

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