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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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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