Neptune Music Prize - 2023 Longlist

Hi all
With Mercury list out, I’ve gone through suggestions in this thread and made the start of a long list.

What’s missing and should be added to the long list? You have until Monday evening to suggest records for this list.

And are all of these albums eligible (I haven’t had chance to triple check nor grab all the album titles). Eligibility is based on same criteria as Mercury Prize

Albums by British or Irish artists released between 16 July 2022 and 14 July 2023 (inclusive) are eligible for the 2023 Mercury Prize.

36 - Colours In The Dark (3Six) | Bandcamp

AA Williams - As The Moon Rests (Bella Union) | Bandcamp

Adults - for everything, always (FIKA) | Bandcamp

Angeline Morrison - The Sorrow Songs: Folk Songs of Black British (PIAS Recordings) | Info

Anna B Savage - in|FLUX (City Slang) | Bandcamp

ANOHNI - My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross (Rebis/Rough Trade) | Bandcamp

Ashenspire – Hostile Architecture (Aural) | Bandcamp

Autobahn - Ecstasy Of Ruin (Tough Love) | Bandcamp

Bar Italia - Tracey Denim (Matador) | Bandcamp

Baxter Dury - I Thought I Was Better Than You (Heavenly Recordings) | Bandcamp

BC Camplight - The Last Rotation of Earth (Bella Union) | Bandcamp

Bdrmm - I Don’t Know (Rock Action) | Bandcamp

Beth Orton - Weather Alive (Partisan Records) | Bandcamp

Big Joanie - Back Home (Daydream Library Series) | Bandcamp

Biig Piig - Bubblegum (Sony)

Billie Marten - Flora Fauna (Fiction Records)

Billy Nomates - CACTI (Invada Records) | Bandcamp

Brighde Chaimbeul - Carry Them with Us (tak:til) | Bandcamp

Brigid Mae Power - Head Above The Water (Fire Records) | Bandcamp

Chunky - Somebody’s Child (Eglo Records) | Bandcamp

Clark - 05-10 (Throttle/Warp) | Bandcamp

Cloth - Secret Measure (Rock Action) | Bandcamp

The Comet Is Coming - Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam (Impulse!)

Craven Faults - Standers (The Leaf Label) | Bandcamp

Daniel Avery - Ultra Truth (Phantasy Sound) | Bandcamp

Daniel Blumberg - GUT (Mute) | Bandcamp

Daughter - Stereo Mind Game (4AD/Glassnote Records) | Info

Deathcrash - Less (Untitled Recs) | Bandcamp

Decius - Volume I (Leaf) | Bandcamp

DJ Sabrina The Teenage DJ - Bewitched (Spells On The Telly) | Bandcamp

DMAT - Bit by Bit (PVC) | Bandcamp

Dry Cleaning - Stumpwork (4AD) | Bandcamp

Django Django - Off Planet (Because Music) | Bandcamp

Elaine Howley - The Distance Between Heart and Mouth (Touch Sensitive) | Bandcamp

Everything But the Girl - Fuse (Buzzin’ Fly)

Gaz Coombes – Turn the Car Around (Virgin) | Bandcamp

Gentle Sinners - These Actions Cannot Be Undone (Rock Action) | Bandcamp

Gilla Band - Most Normal (Rough Trade) | Bandcamp

Grian Chatten - Chaos For The Fly (Partisan) | Bandcamp

Greentea Peng - Greenzone 108 (EMI)

HALINA - The Game (O o) | Bandcamp

Hamish Hawk - Angel Numbers (Post Electric) | Bandcamp

H Hawkline - Milk For Flowers (Heavenly Recordings) | Bandcamp

Hagop Tchaparian - Bolts (text) | Bandcamp

Hana Stretton - Soon (Restless Spring) | Bandcamp

Hot Chip - Freakout/Release (Domino)

High Vis - Blending (Dais) | Bandcamp

Hudson Mohawke - Cry Sugar (Warp Records) | Bandcamp

404 Guild - False Dawn (Dirty Hit) | Bandcamp

Jam City - Jam City Presents EFM (Earthly/Mad Decent) | Bandcamp

James Holden - Imagine This Is A High Dimensional Space Of All Possibilities (Border Community Recordings) | Bandcamp

Jamie Lenman - The Atheist (Big Scary Monsters) | Bandcamp

John Cale - MERCY (Domino Recording Co.) | Info

Junior Brother - The Great Irish Famine (Strange Brew) | Bandcamp

Kai Whiston - Quiet As Kept, Fog (Lux) | Bandcamp

Katie Kim - Hour of the Ox (I Actually Like Music) | Bandcamp

King Krule - Space Heavy (XL Recordings) | Bandcamp

Lanterns on the Lake - Versions of Us (Bella Union) | Bandcamp

Leftfield - This Is What We Do (Virgin)

Liela Moss – Internal Working Model (Bella Union) | Bandcamp

Lisa O’Neill - All Of This Is Chance (Rough Trade) | Bandcamp

Little Simz - No Thank You (AWAL) | YouTube

Lloyd Cole - On Pain (EAR Music)

Loraine James - Building Something Beautiful For Me (Phantom Limb) | Bandcamp

Lucinda Chua - YIAN (4AD) | Bandcamp

M(H)AOL - Attachment Styles (TULLE) | Bandcamp

Mandy, Indiana - i’ve seen a way (Fire Talk) | Bandcamp

Mark Peters - Red Sunset Dreams (Sonic Cathedral) | Bandcamp

Martha - Please Don’t Take Me Back (Specialist Subject) | Bandcamp

Mestizo - Mestizo (Mais Um) | Bandcamp

Moin - Paste (AD 93) | Bandcamp

Nabihah Iqbal - DREAMER (Ninja Tune) | Bandcamp

Natalia Beylis & Eimear Reidy - She Came Through the Window to Stand by the Door (Nyahh Records) | Bandcamp

New Pagans – Making Circles of Our Own (Big Scary Monsters) | Bandcamp

O’Flynn x Frazer Ray - Shimmer (Technicolour) | Bandcamp

Oliver Sim - Hideous Bastard (Young) | Bandcamp

Orbital - Optical Delusion (London Recordings) | Bandcamp

Other Half - Soft Action (Big Scary Monsters) | Bandcamp

Overmono - Good Lies (XL Recordings) | Bandcamp

PJ Harvey - I Inside the Old Year Dying (Partisan) | Bandcamp

Philip Selway - Check For Signs Of Life (Bella Union) | Bandcamp

Pupil Splicer - Blossom (Prosthetic) l Bandcamp

PVA - BLUSH (Ninja Tune) | Bandcamp

Pye Corner Audio - Let’s Emerge (Sonic Cathedral) | Bandcamp

Rainy Miller - Desquamation (Fire, Burn. Nobody) (Boomkat) | Bandcamp

Rat Heart Ensemble - A Blues (Shotta) | Bandcamp

Richard Dawson - The Ruby Cord (Domino) | Bandcamp

Rina Sawayama - Hold the Girl (Dirty Hit) | Bandcamp

Robbie & Mona - Tusky (Spinny Nights) | Bandcamp

Rozi Plain - Prize (Memphis Industries) | Bandcamp

Shame - Food For Worms (Dead Oceans) | Bandcamp

Sophie Jamieson - Choosing (Bella Union) | Bandcamp

Surgeon - Crash Recoil (Tresor Records) | Bandcamp

Suede - Autofiction (BMG)

Sweet Billy Pilgrim - Somapolis (Self-release) | YouTube

Szun Waves - Earth Patterns (Leaf) | Bandcamp

Temps - Party Gator Purgatory (Bella Union) | Bandcamp

The Big Moon - Here is Everything (Fiction) | Bandcamp

The Golden Dregs - On Grace & Dignity (4AD) | Bandcamp

The Lottery Winners - Anxiety Replacement Therapy (Modern Sky)

The Murder Capital - Gigi’s Recovery (Human Season Records) | Bandcamp

Tom Skinner - Voices of Bishara (Brownswood Recordings) | Bandcamp

TRAAMS - personal best (FatCat) l Bandcamp

Ulrika Spacek - Compact Trauma (Tough Love Records) | Bandcamp

Westerman - An Inbuilt Fault (Partisan Records) | Bandcamp

Work Money Death - Thought, Action, Reaction, Interaction (ATA Records) | Bandcamp

Yazmin Lacey - Voice Notes (Own Your Own Records) | Bandcamp

Next steps

  1. If you feel really passionate about an eligible record, give it a big up below

  2. I’ll take into account a range of factors and listen through create a shortlist of 12 albums next week which represents a range of genres, artist sizes, and areas of the country. The whole point of this “Prize” is to help surface albums people might not have heard yet.

  3. We’ll launch a poll. And I’ll promo it to our 7k email list subscribers and across Drowned in Sound’s social channels. It sometimes gets pick up from other media too.

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Haven’t heard a single one of those.

Not sure I even like music any more.


Brigid Mae Power is missing from the longlist and would probably be my choice (after Lankum, which is on the actual list). Clearly I have a thing for Irish folk, but this manages to in turns be beautifully soft, totally raw, really melodic, occasionally eerie, always memorable. Takes lots of threads of traditional Irish music but weaves them into something new.

Also missing from longlist and worth a mention - H. Hawkline, Billie Marten.


Thanks. Have added. Gotta do some dayjob stuff for a bit but will update list later with suggestions.

Which British & Irish albums have you loved from last year?

O’Flynn & Frazer Ray - Shimmer

Rave, speed garage, breaks. Bangers. Euphoria. Very fucking good.

M(H)AOL - Attachment Styles

One of the better post punk efforts of recent years: feminist, queer, and fucking hilarious.


oh shit, and obviously,

pretty much the last band that are still ripping it up that I used to see as a teenager before they’d released anything. love em.


Gilla Band

Yep, @Tuna knows

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Absolutely robbed in a previous year here.

Loraine James - Build Something Beautiful For Me


Need to go through @BMS1’s polls and check for other bits

Need to check the 2022 list and filter out the pre-July ones (if anyone has time and fancies being helpful, that’d be great)

Hagop Tchaparian - Bolts should make it in I reckon.


Ah the guy from Symposium!

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Feel old now

Btw, please also sing the praises of stuff listed above that you want to see in the shortlist

Had forgotten Gilla Band was last year.

Just looked it up and I was actually 21 so I’m full of shit

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Hamish Hawk from that list I reckon


The Murder Capital - Gigi’s Recovery

Fontaines meets Protomartyr, think this is a good step up from the last album. Captivating live

Ulrika Spacek - Compact Trauma

Jangly and twisty, a little 90s slacker, a little psych-rock, look forward to seeing them in a few months time


Billy Nomates, Dry Cleaning and Lucinda Chua for sure

Would add Westerman to the list as well