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.