The ponce-fest that is Mercury Prize announces it’s nominees tomorrow at 11:30am UK time. This is the top prize for British albums in the UK, but has a tendency to pick winners who I feel were chosen for shock value over actual content. For all it’s worth, my vote would have gone to Jamie Woon. Of all the albums Ive listened to this past year, it’s been the only one that’s gripped me from start to finish.
This is always an exciting bit of news every year for me. The ‘BBC Sound’ poll is often the most accurate forecaster for next year’s biggest music acts, having predicted 50 Cent, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mika and Little Boots as ones to watch in the past. Visit the website here for more info. Full list is:
- James Blake
- Anna Calvi
- Esben & the Witch
- Jessie J
- Clare Maguire
- The Naked & Famous
- Jai Paul
- The Vaccines
- Jamie Woon
- Wretch 32
I’ve managed to clock 6 of those in the last year… not bad going if I do say so myself! The top five will be revealed in the week commencing 3 January.
Stunning dramatic slow dub with a big voice. The undertones on ‘Limit To Your Love’ are mind blowing. Something about James Blake reminds me of Jamie Woon. Check out here.
I really don’t know much about this guy, other than he’s supporting Ellie Goulding at this summer’s iTunes festival in London. He’s got a smooth, haunting, soulful voice about him. His Myspace is a little empty, but his first single is on Youtube. Be sure to give ‘Spirits a listen too. Check out here.