With the Mercury Music Prize releasing their shortlist last week, we thought it was paramount to get you clued up on some of the nominees. The list included those who have managed to become a household name worldwide, with the likes of Stormzy’s Gang Signs and Prayers and Ed Sheeran’s ÷, being among those newcomers such as J Hus and The Big Moon. With all of them completely deserved of the prize, it’s anybody’s guess who will be crowned, but here’s some essential listening for some of those shortlisted to give you an insight into why they were nominated in the first place.
Loyle Carner - No CD
That bass heavy hook should be more than enough to fuel the fire when it comes to being a Loyle Carner fan, but just in case that wasn’t catchy enough, Carner’s adds his unique spoken word style flow, allowing his South London accent to seep through creating his own take on British hip hop that is surely what gained him this nomination. The audible breaths and fret slides highlight the stripped back rawness of his debut Yesterday’s Gone, which also includes candid conversations with his mum - who has a starring role in the video for this song.
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