News: Mercury Prize announces its shortlist

The mercury prize seems to be getting duller each year and it is such a shame as it’s one of the only music award shows that seems to try and promote more alternative albums. Here’s the full shortlist:

Arctic Monkeys: AM
David 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

Jon Hopkins should be the clear winner, his album Immunity was one of the best albums of the year, a near perfect techno record. James Blake and Savages were also enjoyable but the rest is pretty dull. At least Disclosure are quite good fun but Jake Bugg and Laura Mvula? Very very safe.

Gold Panda, These New Puritans, Boards Of Canada, Mogwai, London Grammar and Hookworms should definitely be up there but seem to have been ignored. What would be your choices?

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