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
8542 Comments


no no no

oltnabrick
October 30th 2013
33353 Comments


james blake

808muzik
October 30th 2013
995 Comments


Cul

Simsalabim462
October 30th 2013
160 Comments


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

OysterizerInsomniac
October 30th 2013
426 Comments


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

ConorIsNotHere
October 30th 2013
1307 Comments


Yay

Surtur
October 30th 2013
531 Comments


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

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2013
6351 Comments


kind of a blake prize

hortanz
October 30th 2013
366 Comments


yay james blake

avonbarksdale221
October 30th 2013
8292 Comments


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

breakingthefragile
October 30th 2013
3012 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
32059 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
25690 Comments


preferred the bowie album tbh

tommygun
October 30th 2013
25690 Comments


is it though

MisterTornado
October 30th 2013
4507 Comments


Autechre wins Mercury Prize, but...

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 30th 2013
14507 Comments


congrats

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Rev
October 30th 2013
9682 Comments


prize is dumb anyway, but good on him

fish.
October 30th 2013
22427 Comments


called it

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henryChinaski
October 31st 2013
3239 Comments


Good for him

tcat84
October 31st 2013
974 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
7508 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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