Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
Ben Howard - Every Kingdom
Django Django - Django Django
Field Music - Plumb
Jessie Ware - Devotion
Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough?
Maccabees - Given to the Wild
Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
Plan B - Ill Manors (pictured)
Richard Hawley - Standing at the Sky's Edge
Roller Trio - Roller Trio
Sam Lee - Ground Of Its Own
Lauren Laverne will host this year's Mercury Prize
It just gives a spotlight. The records do the talking, the talent's already there, the albums are already fantastic. It's just a little plinth where you can put them on and go, 'hey, look at this - it's amazing!'.
That's a really important thing to do, especially now there's less money in the music industry than there was. People can make fantastic records that are completely forgotten. This is a chance to show some of those off that could otherwise maybe slip through the net, and actually could go on to have massive crossover appeal.
Elbow are the classic Mercury success story. Their record sales just shot through the roof the day after they were nominated and then everything that followed, followed. It doesn't always work out like that, but it's not about that. It's just about letting people try new things and discover music that they might not otherwise experience. If every record on here doesn't go on to sell a million that's not a failure, that's not the point. They're all fantastic records.
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