The xx, Biffy Clyro and Dizzee Rascal among favourites for 2010 Mercury Music Prize
- Niki Boyle
- 20 July 2010
Spotify playlist: Mercury Music Prize 2010
Listen to all these albums now as a Spotify playlist (sorry, no Kit Downes Trio yet, and the Dizzee Rascal album is short clips only).
The shortlist of contenders for this year's Mercury Prize was announced today. The £20,000 prize is awarded to the best album of the last 12 months, as chosen by a panel of music industry members.
Among the 12 acts competing for this year's prize are Ayrshire's own Biffy Clyro, for their fifth album 'Only Revolutions'; Foals' second album 'Total Life Forever'; and 'Tongue N' Cheek' by Dizzee Rascal, whose first album, 'Boy in da Corner,' won the prize in 2003.
'This year's Mercury list includes musicians from all stages of their careers and from contrasting parts of the British Isles,' says Simon Frith, chair of judges. 'It features music that is urban and rural, light and dark, joyful and profound. The records have wit, an abundance of musical energy and their own distinct voices.'
- Biffy Clyro – 'Only Revolutions'
- Corinne Bailey Rae – 'The Sea'
- Dizzee Rascal – 'Tongue N' Cheek'
- Foals – 'Total Life Forever'
- I Am Kloot – 'Sky At Night'
- Kit Downes Trio – 'Golden'
- Laura Marling – 'I Speak Because I Can'
- Mumford & Sons – 'Sigh No More'
- Paul Weller – 'Wake Up the Nation'
- The xx – 'xx'
- Villagers – 'Becoming a Jackal'
- Wild Beasts – 'Two Dancers'
The overall winner of the 2010 Prize will be decided and announced at the Barclaycard Mercury Prize Awards Show, which will be broadcast live on BBC Two on Tuesday 7 September 2010. Lauren Laverne will present the programme, with the Awards Show event itself hosted by Jools Holland.