James Blake wins Mercury Prize
2013-10-30 by Ali CONTRIBUTOR | 24 Comments
Electronic musician James Blake has won this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize with his second LP, Overgrown.

The Londoner triumphed from a shortlist of 12 records, featuring big names such as Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie and Disclosure.

Blake picked up a cheque worth £20,000, and follows in the footsteps of greats such as Primal Scream, PJ Harvey and Pulp... and Speech Debelle.
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kuk
October 30th 2013
50 Comments


Kind of a blunt prize

mindleviticus
October 30th 2013
8229 Comments


no no no

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oltnabrick
October 30th 2013
30786 Comments


james blake

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808muzik
October 30th 2013
941 Comments


Cul

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Simsalabim462
October 30th 2013
159 Comments


Well, good for him. MBV seemed pissed...

OysterizerInsomniac
October 30th 2013
414 Comments


probably my aoty so I'm glad it's getting some recognition

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ConorIsNotHere
October 30th 2013
1276 Comments


Yay

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Surtur
October 30th 2013
520 Comments


It's a shame that Speech Debelle faded back into obscurity, her first album was great.

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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2013
6109 Comments


kind of a blake prize

hortanz
October 30th 2013
162 Comments


yay james blake

avonbarksdale221
October 30th 2013
8229 Comments


I should probably listen to this. Retrograde was pretty sweet.

breakingthefragile
October 30th 2013
2956 Comments


James Blunt

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LifeAsAChipmunk
October 30th 2013
4854 Comments


album is fucking awesome so sweet

MaskAtTheMasquerade
October 30th 2013
2887 Comments


hey congrats jimmy good to hear man

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2013
31161 Comments


Surprised he got it, honestly. Not a slate against the album, but I thought Bowie was going to take it

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tommygun
October 30th 2013
24931 Comments


preferred the bowie album tbh

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tommygun
October 30th 2013
24931 Comments


is it though

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2013
4507 Comments


Autechre wins Mercury Prize, but...

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 30th 2013
13134 Comments


congrats

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Rev
October 30th 2013
9422 Comments


prize is dumb anyway, but good on him

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
October 30th 2013
21941 Comments


called it

henryChinaski
October 31st 2013
2756 Comments


Good for him

tcat84
October 31st 2013
855 Comments


why is it a dumb prize?? its just the best of a smaller pool of musicians ... and at least these judges aren't blinded by record sales and choose an album based on their merits ... at least I would like to think so

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 31st 2013
7338 Comments


Aside from the BRITS (which are purely corporate backslapping) it's the biggest accolade the UK music
industry has to offer. They do ultimately judge it on artistic merit, but the increasingly chart-
friendly shortlists and the fact artists/labels have to pay £200 just to enter dents its credibility
somewhat.

I like James Blake as an artist and I enjoy Overgrown, but I'm not sure it's Mercury-winning material.
I think he has a classic in him, but for me this record falls slightly short, especially in its second
half. His potential is enormous but there's still plenty left to be realised. Having said that, Jon
Hopkins aside, it was probably my favourite record on a very average shortlist.



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