2016
SHORTLIST

The Dreaming Room

Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula’s second album ‘The Dreaming Room’ was released in June 2016 on RCA. A Birmingham Conservatoire graduate, Mvula co-produced the album with Troy Miller. ‘The Dreaming Room’ features the London Symphony Orchestra and includes the singles ‘Overcome’, a collaboration with Nile Rodgers, ‘People’ (ft. Wretch 32) and ‘Phenomenal Woman’. ‘Movingly sung, imaginatively arranged – an inventive and adventurous take on con-temporary popular music’

Made in the Manor

Kano

Kane Robinson, otherwise known as Kano, is a musician, MC and actor from East Ham, London. ‘Made in the Manor’ is his fifth studio album and the first to be released on Parlo-phone Records. The top ten record was released in March 2016 and includes production credits for frequent collaborators such as Fraser T Smith, Mikey J and Damon Albarn. ‘A musically sophisticated, raw and honest lyrical look back over his life in grime’

Making Time

Jamie Woon

‘Making Time’, released in November 2015 on Polydor Records, is Jamie Woon’s second album. It was recorded in London, New York, Hollywood and Essex and co-produced by Woon with contributions from Lexxx, Paul White, Robin Hannibal and Royce Wood Jr. The album includes the single ‘Sharpness’. ‘The art of a musical craftsman – delicate songs and meticulous sonic detail’

Blackstar

David Bowie

‘Blackstar’ is David Bowie’s 25th and final studio album, released on ISO Records / RCA two days before his death in January 2016. Recorded in New York City at The Magic Shop and Human Worldwide Studios, it was co-produced with Tony Visconti. The number one album features the singles ‘Lazarus’ and ‘Blackstar’. ‘Who else could use popular music so brilliantly to illuminate the meaning of human mortality’

Hopelessness

Anohni

Anohni, previously known as the lead singer of Antony and the Johnsons, was born in Chichester and is now New York-based. The album ‘Hopelessness’ includes the singles ‘4 Degrees’ and ‘Drone Bomb Me’. It was self-produced in collaboration with Hudson Mo-hawke and Oneohtrix Point Never and released on Rough Trade in May 2016. ‘Protest songs for our times. Anger driven by electronic dance music, hope ex-pressed by the tenderness of Anohni’s enduring vocals’

The Bride

Bat For Lashes

‘The Bride’ is the fourth album from Bat For Lashes, otherwise known as Natasha Khan. The top ten album includes the singles ‘In God’s House’ and ‘Sunday Love’. Released in July 2016 on Parlophone Records, the album was recorded in both the UK and US. Co-produced by Khan, contributors include Dan Carey, Ben Christophers and Matt Hales. ‘A powerful emotional journey from grief to hope – a superbly orchestrated song cycle’

Love & Hate

Michael Kiwanuka

‘Love & Hate’, the second album from singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka, was released in July 2016 on Polydor Records. The number one album was produced by Danger Mouse, Inflo and The Bees’ Paul Butler and was recorded in London, Los Angeles and the Isle of Wight. It includes the singles ‘Black Man in a White World’ and ‘Love & Hate’. ‘Bold and electrifying modern soul music. A commanding performance of compel-ling, resonant songs'

A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead

‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ is Radiohead’s ninth studio album and was released digitally on XL Recordings in May 2016 - a physical release followed in June. The number one album, which features contributions from the London Contemporary Orchestra, was produced by longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich. It includes the singles ‘Burn the Witch’ and ‘Daydreaming’. ‘A band at the height of their powers explore the textures of disruption and resolve. Immersive and enriching’

Adore Life

Savages

Savages are Ayse Hassan (bass), Fay Milton (drums), Gemma Thompson (guitar) and Jehnny Beth (vocals). Released on Matador Records in January 2016, ‘Adore Life’ is the band’s second album. It was recorded in London and Paris and produced by Pop Noire director Johnny Hostile. The record includes the singles ‘Adore’ and ‘The Answer’. ‘An uplifting guitar-driven celebration of the noisy, restless and overwhelming dy-namics of love’

Konnichiwa

Skepta

Skepta is Joseph Junior Adenuga, an MC, songwriter and record producer from Totten-ham, North London. Released in May 2016 on Boy Better Know, ‘Konnichiwa’ is Skepta’s fourth studio album. It features the singles ‘Shutdown’, ‘Man’, ‘Ladies Hit Squad’ and ‘Numbers’ (ft. Pharrell Williams). ‘Skepta brilliantly demonstrates the energising impact of British grime while retaining his unique defiant edge – completely engaging’

I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it

The 1975

The 1975 are Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums), Matthew Healy (vocals and guitar) and Ross MacDonald (bass). ‘I like it when you sleep…’ is the band’s second al-bum and was released by Dirty Hit / Polydor Records in February 2016. The number one album includes the singles ‘The Sound’, ‘Love Me’ and ‘Somebody Else’. ‘An irresistible celebration of the power of the pop hook – a gloriously ambitious al-bum’

Channel the Spirits

The Comet Is Coming

The Comet Is Coming are Betamax Killer (Maxwell Hallett, Drums), Danalogue the Con-queror (Dan Leavers, Keyboards) and King Shabaka (Shabaka Hutchings, Sax). ‘Channel the Spirits’, the London-based trio’s debut album was produced by Danalogue the Conqueror and Betamax Killer. It was released in April 2016 on The Leaf Label. ‘A playful, exhilarating collision of space-age jazz, ground-shaking funk and shim-mering electronica’

Mercury Prize

The Dreaming Room

Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula’s second album ‘The Dreaming Room’ was released in June 2016 on RCA. A Birmingham Conservatoire graduate, Mvula co-produced the album with Troy Miller. ‘The Dreaming Room’ features the London Symphony Orchestra and includes the singles ‘Overcome’, a collaboration with Nile Rodgers, ‘People’ (ft. Wretch 32) and ‘Phenomenal Woman’. ‘Movingly sung, imaginatively arranged – an inventive and adventurous take on con-temporary popular music’

Mercury Prize

Made in the Manor

Kano

Kane Robinson, otherwise known as Kano, is a musician, MC and actor from East Ham, London. ‘Made in the Manor’ is his fifth studio album and the first to be released on Parlo-phone Records. The top ten record was released in March 2016 and includes production credits for frequent collaborators such as Fraser T Smith, Mikey J and Damon Albarn. ‘A musically sophisticated, raw and honest lyrical look back over his life in grime’

Mercury Prize

Making Time

Jamie Woon

‘Making Time’, released in November 2015 on Polydor Records, is Jamie Woon’s second album. It was recorded in London, New York, Hollywood and Essex and co-produced by Woon with contributions from Lexxx, Paul White, Robin Hannibal and Royce Wood Jr. The album includes the single ‘Sharpness’. ‘The art of a musical craftsman – delicate songs and meticulous sonic detail’

Mercury Prize

Blackstar

David Bowie

‘Blackstar’ is David Bowie’s 25th and final studio album, released on ISO Records / RCA two days before his death in January 2016. Recorded in New York City at The Magic Shop and Human Worldwide Studios, it was co-produced with Tony Visconti. The number one album features the singles ‘Lazarus’ and ‘Blackstar’. ‘Who else could use popular music so brilliantly to illuminate the meaning of human mortality’

Mercury Prize

Hopelessness

Anohni

Anohni, previously known as the lead singer of Antony and the Johnsons, was born in Chichester and is now New York-based. The album ‘Hopelessness’ includes the singles ‘4 Degrees’ and ‘Drone Bomb Me’. It was self-produced in collaboration with Hudson Mo-hawke and Oneohtrix Point Never and released on Rough Trade in May 2016. ‘Protest songs for our times. Anger driven by electronic dance music, hope ex-pressed by the tenderness of Anohni’s enduring vocals’

Mercury Prize

The Bride

Bat For Lashes

‘The Bride’ is the fourth album from Bat For Lashes, otherwise known as Natasha Khan. The top ten album includes the singles ‘In God’s House’ and ‘Sunday Love’. Released in July 2016 on Parlophone Records, the album was recorded in both the UK and US. Co-produced by Khan, contributors include Dan Carey, Ben Christophers and Matt Hales. ‘A powerful emotional journey from grief to hope – a superbly orchestrated song cycle’

Mercury Prize

Love & Hate

Michael Kiwanuka

‘Love & Hate’, the second album from singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka, was released in July 2016 on Polydor Records. The number one album was produced by Danger Mouse, Inflo and The Bees’ Paul Butler and was recorded in London, Los Angeles and the Isle of Wight. It includes the singles ‘Black Man in a White World’ and ‘Love & Hate’. ‘Bold and electrifying modern soul music. A commanding performance of compel-ling, resonant songs'

Mercury Prize

A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead

‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ is Radiohead’s ninth studio album and was released digitally on XL Recordings in May 2016 - a physical release followed in June. The number one album, which features contributions from the London Contemporary Orchestra, was produced by longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich. It includes the singles ‘Burn the Witch’ and ‘Daydreaming’. ‘A band at the height of their powers explore the textures of disruption and resolve. Immersive and enriching’

Mercury Prize

Adore Life

Savages

Savages are Ayse Hassan (bass), Fay Milton (drums), Gemma Thompson (guitar) and Jehnny Beth (vocals). Released on Matador Records in January 2016, ‘Adore Life’ is the band’s second album. It was recorded in London and Paris and produced by Pop Noire director Johnny Hostile. The record includes the singles ‘Adore’ and ‘The Answer’. ‘An uplifting guitar-driven celebration of the noisy, restless and overwhelming dy-namics of love’

Mercury Prize

Konnichiwa

Skepta

Skepta is Joseph Junior Adenuga, an MC, songwriter and record producer from Totten-ham, North London. Released in May 2016 on Boy Better Know, ‘Konnichiwa’ is Skepta’s fourth studio album. It features the singles ‘Shutdown’, ‘Man’, ‘Ladies Hit Squad’ and ‘Numbers’ (ft. Pharrell Williams). ‘Skepta brilliantly demonstrates the energising impact of British grime while retaining his unique defiant edge – completely engaging’

Mercury Prize

I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it

The 1975

The 1975 are Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums), Matthew Healy (vocals and guitar) and Ross MacDonald (bass). ‘I like it when you sleep…’ is the band’s second al-bum and was released by Dirty Hit / Polydor Records in February 2016. The number one album includes the singles ‘The Sound’, ‘Love Me’ and ‘Somebody Else’. ‘An irresistible celebration of the power of the pop hook – a gloriously ambitious al-bum’

Mercury Prize

Channel the Spirits

The Comet Is Coming

The Comet Is Coming are Betamax Killer (Maxwell Hallett, Drums), Danalogue the Con-queror (Dan Leavers, Keyboards) and King Shabaka (Shabaka Hutchings, Sax). ‘Channel the Spirits’, the London-based trio’s debut album was produced by Danalogue the Conqueror and Betamax Killer. It was released in April 2016 on The Leaf Label. ‘A playful, exhilarating collision of space-age jazz, ground-shaking funk and shim-mering electronica’