Highly eclectic and with some genuinely interesting entries it has veered away from the comfy slipper indie world to a really genuine eclectic reflection of 2014 British pop culture- of course there are holes in the list and we have given up on rock and metal ever being allowed onto the BBC and the Mercurys but this list has lots of great stuff on it.
Our faves are the Young Fathers– the Edinburgh based rappers who we were covering years ago on LTW who have now really come of age and are heading for a breakthrough that could be sparked by the awards and the fab Kate Tempest who is totally stunning with her street machine gun rap that is funny, dark, dangerous and thrilling and who we want to see win the award as well as the kooky and fascinatingly off kilter and ground breaking FKA twigs and we do love that Royal Blood album. We would have loved to have entered Evil Blizzard who we released on our label but we know that rock music has little chance of being considered so saved the money.
It’s refefeshing to see less of the big indie bands although Bombay Bicycle Club are placed in there and Damon Albarn’s solo album was good but seems out of place on here. If there is any point to the Mercury Awards it’s surely to break an underground musician into the mainstream and there are some great opportunities to do that this year.
The 2014 Albums of the Year are:
Anna Calvi One Breath
Bombay Bicycle Club So Long, See You Tomorrow
Damon Albarn Everyday Robots
East India Youth Total Strife Forever
FKA twigs LP1 GoGo
Penguin v2.0 Jungle Jungle
Kate Tempest Everybody Down
Nick Mulvey First Mind
Polar Bear In Each and Every One
Royal Blood Royal Blood
Young Fathers Dead