Well there you have it….after months, weeks, days, hours of who, why, what, and bookies odds?, ascending and descending lists of nominees, not to mention endless speculative hilarities from Mr M Horton esq, the 2015 winner of Mercury Music Prize, in association with BBC Music, has been announced. And the winner is … ???
In case you spent the last few hype filled weeks sitting under a rock in a transcendent state since the shortlist was announced on 16th October, you’ll be well aware of this years dozen nominees & their respective nominated albums:-
Aphex Twin – ‘Syro’
Benjamin Clementine – ‘At Least for Now’,
Chris Duncan – ‘Architect’
Eska – ‘Eska’
Florence – ‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’
Gaz Coombes – ‘Matador’
GhostPoet – ‘Shedding Skin’
Jamie XX – ‘In Colour’ (BBC Fave)
Roisin Murphy – ‘Hairless Toys’ (Mr H’s Favourite)
Slaves – ‘Are You Satisfied’
Soak – ‘Before We Forget How To Dream’
WolfAlice – ‘My Love Is Cool’
The award ceremony, presented live by Lauren Laverne, was broadcast simultaneously by BBC Four television, and BBC6 Music via the Tom Ravenscroft radio show. It featured all twelve acts playing live, which was pretty wowsers!
And from that list of uber-coolies, this year’s “chosen one”, the mercurial muso of 2015 is … BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE
Interesting to note … per the bookies, electronic music producer Jamie XX’s debut album, ‘In Colour’ was beating singer-songwriter’s Benjamin Clementine’s debut, ‘At Least’ for No by a nose at 9/2. However, William Hill confirmed that Clementine had pulled in 50% of all bets placed since Tuesday.
“Benjamin Clementine started the betting as the 10/1 outsider, yet he is the most popular selection among our punters and his odds have tumbled recently,” said Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.
We’ll leave you with some superb sounds from the man himself …