2021 Mercury Prize thread

I think they’re announcing the shortlist next week, so who do we think is getting shortlisted? Who deserves to be but won’t be? Who doesn’t deserve to be but will?

Black Midi

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Mogwai should get it.

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I hope this doesn’t get nominated (but it probably will). I just can’t get on board with it at all.

Will get nominated:

Squid
Dry Cleaning
Wolf Alice
For those I love
Arlo Parks
Sons of Kemet
Roisin Murphy

Hopefully they will, but probably won’t get nominated:

SAULT
Daniel Avery
Arab Strap
Mogwai
The Staves

Outsiders:

Slowthai
Luke Abbot
The Go! Team
Autechre
Kelly Lee Owens

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:crossed_fingers: The Anchoress

Probably won’t enter as usual.

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Sault should win.

Black midi are my least favourite of that scene, but the other albums are all better than lots of previous winners. There’s hopefully something more interesting from a smaller/more deserving artist, idk.

Other than Mogwai, my favourite albums released in the qualifying period are:

Richard Youngs
Cobalt Chapel
Andrew Wasylyk
AK/DK
Ben Chatwin
Pillow Queens

I can’t see any of them even entering, let alone being nominated.

If it’s not Mogwai it should be Everything Everything.

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Nubya Garcia deserves the annual token jazz place in the shortlist - her album Source is my favourite qualifying record.

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Which sault album/a fall into the time period? If black is or rise do then they should definitely get nominated.

It would nice for heavy music to not be constantly ignored, though not sure of any great albums released since lockdown

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The Dvne album is worth it.

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Black Is would have been eligible last year - Rise and 9 are eligible this time

Politely disagree

Less politely disagree back.

Ideal Shortlist
Bicep - Isles
Delmer Darion - Morning Pageants
Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg
Everything Everything - RE-ANIMATOR
Lord Apex - Smoke Sessions 3
NYX & Gazelle Twin - Deep England
Pa Salieu - Send Them to Coventry
Rósín Murphy - Rósín Machine
Sault - Untitled (Rise)
Sons of Kemet - Black to the Future
The Staves - Good Woman
Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend

Happy if they get nominated
Arlo Parks
Black Country, New Road
Black Midi
Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18
DVNE
For Those I Love
Ghetts
Goat Girl
Gorillaz
Headie One
Jane Weaver
Laura Mvula
Low Island
New Pagans
Nubiyan Twist
Ochre
Saint Saviour
Shame

Very good year. Certainly lots of great albums for them to choose from

Edit: think Pa Salieu is disqualified on a technicality as it’s described as a mixtape but fuck it, it’s the best UK rap album ofthe past year.

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Just a shoutout for Black Midi. Still the most exciting thing I’ve heard this year (for a few years tbh), so a worthy winner in my book.

Think this DiS goggles take over a bit here where we’re all a bit over familiar with something, or take a disliking because we don’t agree with the general consensus.

The album slaps, and they’re on another level.

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Arlo Parks will get it. Cheers.

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She’ll definitely get nominated, I really hope she doesn’t win. Nothing against her, her music’s fine and she seems like a really good person, but she really doesn’t need the boost.

All of the BIMM crew.
All of them.

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