Mercury Prize 2015

There was a particularly strong list of nominees for this year’s Mercury Prize:

  • Aphex Twin – Syro
  • Benjamin Clementine – At Least for Now
  • C Duncan – Architect
  • ESKA – Eska
  • Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  • Gaz Coombes – Matador
  • Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin
  • Jamie xx – In Colour
  • Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys
  • Slaves – Are You Satisfied?
  • SOAK – Before We Forgot How to Dream
  • Wolf Alice – My Love is Cool

Which is why it’s particularly interesting that the winner was Benjamin Clementine – apparently it’s OK that you probably haven’t heard of him though. Apart from his expertise in dried spaghetti, he does seem to be a strong singer. Is he worthy of beating the likes of Aphex Twin and Róisín Murphy? You can decide that for yourself.

Mercury Prize 2015 – Nominees

Whatever you think of it, the Mercury Prize is always an interesting barometer of the UK music industry, and this year’s is no exception. Here are the nominees:

  • Aphex Twin – Syro
  • Benjamin Clementine – At Least for Now
  • C Duncan – Architect
  • ESKA – Eska
  • Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  • Gaz Coombes – Matador
  • Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin
  • Jamie xx – In Colour
  • Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys
  • Slaves – Are You Satisfied?
  • SOAK – Before We Forgot How to Dream
  • Wolf Alice – My Love is Cool

It’s particularly nice to see the latest Róisín Murphy release on the list.

The winner will be announced on Friday 20 November at the BBC, and you can win all of the albums here.