🎤 Mercury Prize - The best of the rest (2017) 🎤

So Far:

2009 - The Horrors - Primary Colours
2011 - Metronomy - The English Riviera

Time for another year. In 2017 the 26th Mercury music prize for the best album by a British or Irish album was won by Sampha ~ Process.

But who deserves to win 2nd place?
You can vote for up to 3 albums

  • alt J - Relaxer
  • The Big moon - Love in the 4th Dimension
  • Blossoms - Blossoms
  • Loyle Carner - Yesterday’s gone
  • Dinosaur - Together, as one
  • Glass Animals - How to be a human being
  • J Hus - Common sense
  • Ed Sheeran - ÷
  • Stormzy - Gang signs & prayer
  • Kae Tempest - Let them eat chaos
  • The xx - I see you
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The Judging panel in 2017 were:

Phil Alexander – Editor-in-Chief, Mojo and Q
Clara Amfo – Broadcaster
Jamie Cullum – Musician and Broadcaster
Ella Eyre – Musician and Songwriter
Harriet Gibsone – Music News Editor, The Guardian
Lianne La Havas – Musician and Songwriter
Will Hodgkinson – Chief Rock & Pop Critic, The Times
MistaJam – DJ & Broadcaster
Marcus Mumford – Musician and Songwriter
Jeff Smith – Head of Music, 6 Music and Radio 2
Jessie Ware – Musician and Songwriter
Mike Walsh – Head of Music, Radio X

I have never heard Blossoms outside the Rick Astley / smiths stuff. Should I investigate? Is this a good album to start with??



Was pleasantly surprised by the Smiths stuff because in general they’re not very good

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that’s what I was afraid of!

Did not like Kae Tempest at all at the time but the enthusiasm of a friend who is a big fan has rubbed off on me and I quite like Let Them Eat Chaos now.

Voted for that but not arsed about any of the rest. Should probably check out the Loyle Carner one though I presume?

J Hus record is good


Thats a whole list of :man_shrugging:


also voting for Loyle Carner cos he seems like a lovely man

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Saw Kae Tempest do Let Them Eat Chaos at Primavera in the Apolo on the Wednesday night and it was ace. Then I saw them and a mate absolutely going for it during Aphex Twin.

I think Let Them Eat Chaos is my favourite album of theirs but I can completely understand why people don’t like it.

Still fascinated by how Glass Animals got so big they supported Yeasayer years ago and were shit.


Didn’t much care for the last Glass Animals album but I thought that Mercury nominated album was very good




J Hus record is absolutely vital. Rest of that list is just… meh. Amazing how uninspiring so many of these lists are.


Is Dinosaur the token jazz band?

The singer is a dead ringer for Miles Hunt of the Wonderstuff!

That’s a shocking list


Can’t call who will come out on top when it’s so mediocre.

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I don’t think I can bring myself to vote for any of them. Abstain