The Mercury Prize is the inspiration for Canada’s Polaris Music Prize: A juried competition to determine the best album of the last 12 months regardless of genre or commercial success. Music wonks from across the UK nominate, vote, and then vote again to come down with the shortlist of 12 finalists.
There are lots of first-timers and emerging artists on this year’s list. Time for some music discovery, innit?
- Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeamshttps://www.theguardian.com/music/2021/jul/22/mercury-prize-2021-first-time-nominees-dominate-shortlist
- Berwyn – Demotape/Vega
- Black Country New Road – For The First Time
- Celeste – Not Your Muse
- Floating Points, Pharaoh Saunders and the London Symphony Orchestra – Promises
- Ghetts – Conflict Of Interest
- Hannah Peel – Fir Wave
- Laura Mvula – Pink Noise
- Mogwai – As The Love Continues
- Nubya Garcia – Source
- Sault – Untitled (Rise)
- Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend
The winner will be announced at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on September 9.