Cultivating great musical taste

Mercury Prize 2012 Nominations

So a few hours ago the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2012 nominations were announced. It’s an annual event and perhaps one of the most coveted awards in the industry.

Last year PJ Harvey won it for the second time with her album Let England Shake and she was up against some tough competition with Adele, Tinie Tempah and Elbow.

Anyway, this time around it’s a list full of people I’ve hardly heard of, but this is exciting. They must be good on some level if they’ve been nominated so I consider this an introduction to more new music to listen to.

The nominations are:

The Maccabees – Given To The Wild
Jessie Ware – Devotion
Roller Trio – Roller Trio
Django Django – Django Django
Field Music – Plumb
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge
Ben Howard – Every Kingdom
Sam Lee – Ground Of Its Own
Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough?
Alt -J – An Awesome Wave
Plan B – Ill Manors

The winner will be announced on 1 November and I will try my best to listen to and review each album before that date. If you’ve heard of and like any of the artists (I’ve heard of four, Plan B Ben Howard, Jessie Ware and The Maccabees) listed above feel free to leave a comment.

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