|James Blake wins Mercury Prize|
2013-10-30 by Ali CONTRIBUTOR | 25 Replies | 1426 Views
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.
Kind of a blunt prize
no no no
Digging: Current 93 - All the Pretty Little Horses
Digging: Ghoul Abdul - Surface Breaks
Digging: Natti - Still Motion
Well, good for him. MBV seemed pissed...
probably my aoty so I'm glad it's getting some recognition
It's a shame that Speech Debelle faded back into obscurity, her first album was great.
kind of a blake prize
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yay james blake
I should probably listen to this. Retrograde was pretty sweet.
Digging: Melt Yourself Down - Melt Yourself Down
album is fucking awesome so sweet
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hey congrats jimmy good to hear man
Surprised he got it, honestly. Not a slate against the album, but I thought Bowie was going to take it
Digging: Logos - Cold Mission
preferred the bowie album tbh
it's like when Obama won the nobel peace prize
Digging: Waxahatchee - American Weekend
is it though
Autechre wins Mercury Prize, but...
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prize is dumb anyway, but good on him
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Good for him
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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
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
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.