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
8612 Comments


no no no

oltnabrick
October 30th 2013
33903 Comments


james blake

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808muzik
October 30th 2013
1013 Comments


Cul

Simsalabim462
October 30th 2013
167 Comments


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

OysterizerInsomniac
October 30th 2013
432 Comments


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

ConorIsNotHere
October 30th 2013
1308 Comments


Yay

Surtur
October 30th 2013
534 Comments


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

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2013
6386 Comments


kind of a blake prize

hortanz
October 30th 2013
422 Comments


yay james blake

avonbarksdale221
October 30th 2013
8295 Comments


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

breakingthefragile
October 30th 2013
3026 Comments


James Blunt

LifeAsAChipmunk
October 30th 2013
4854 Comments


album is fucking awesome so sweet

MaskAtTheMasquerade
October 30th 2013
2888 Comments


hey congrats jimmy good to hear man

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2013
32190 Comments


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

tommygun
October 30th 2013
26083 Comments


preferred the bowie album tbh

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tommygun
October 30th 2013
26083 Comments


is it though

MisterTornado
October 30th 2013
4507 Comments


Autechre wins Mercury Prize, but...

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 30th 2013
14550 Comments


congrats

Rev
October 30th 2013
9711 Comments


prize is dumb anyway, but good on him

anarchistfish
October 30th 2013
23566 Comments


called it

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henryChinaski
October 31st 2013
3306 Comments


Good for him

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tcat84
October 31st 2013
990 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
7510 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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