James Blake bags Mercury Prize 2013 for album Overgrown

James Blake bags Mercury Prize award

Electronica soloist beats competition from Arctic Monkeys, Laura Mvula, Foals, Disclosure and Jake Bugg

It was a shortlist sniffed at for being too mainstream and safe, but this year’s Mercury Prize awards still managed to surprise (at least a little) with Goldsmiths graduate James Blake pipping bookies’ favourite, singer-songwriter Laura Mvula, to the post to win the top prize. The London-based electronic music producer and singer was previously nominated for his self-titled debut album in 2011 – but this year struck gold (and bagged the £20,000 prize) with his recent album Overgrown, which judges described as ‘late night music for the digital age.’

The 12 albums shortlisted this year included established acts such as David Bowie’s first album in over a decade, The Next Day, and Arctic Monkeys’ critically acclaimed album AM; they were nominated alongside Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Foals, Rudimental, Jon Hopkins, Laura Marling, Savages and Villagers.

Blake was announced as the winner during a live televised ceremony hosted by Lauren Laverne, at the Roundhouse in London.

His acceptance speech was short and sweet, with him briefly thanking his mum and dad for teaching him ‘self-sufficiency.’

James Blake - Retrograde (Live) on MUZU.TV.

Jake Bugg

Singer-songwriter peddling a folky country indie sound.

The Ironworks Live Music Venue, Inverness

Thu 22 Nov

£25.25 / 0871 789 4173

King George's Hall, Blackburn

Tue 20 Nov

£24.75 / 0844 847 1664

Leith Theatre, Edinburgh

Sat 24 Nov

£38.50 / 0131 629 0810

Sun 25 Nov

£38.50 / 0131 629 0810

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