2018
SHORTLIST

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys are Alex Turner, Matt Helders, Jamie Cook and Nick O‘Malley. Released in May 2018 on Domino Recordings, ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ is the band’s sixth studio album and was produced by James Ford and Alex Turner. Their debut album won the Mercury Prize in 2006. ‘The Arctic Monkeys’ guide to the galaxy! Edge of the world singing, brilliant songwriting and impeccable music making. A triumph’

A Fever Dream

Everything Everything

From Manchester, Everything Everything are Jonathan Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard, Michael Spearman and Alex Robertshaw. Featuring the singles ‘Can’t Do’, ‘A Fever Dream’, ‘Desire’ and ‘Night of the Long Knives’, their album ‘A Fever Dream’ was produced by James Ford and Everything Everything. It was released in August 2017 on RCA Victor / Sony Music. ‘An exhilarating set of surreal art-pop vignettes. Urgently jagged vocals soar through supremely well-crafted sonic chaos. Inventive, surprising and compulsive’

Everything is Recorded by Richard Russell

Everything is Recorded

Everything Is Recorded are an impromptu collective, led by Richard Russell. Their eponymous debut album was released in February 2018 on XL Recordings. Featuring contributors including Giggs, Damon Albarn, Mark Ronson, Ibeyi and last year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize winner Sampha, the album was produced by Richard Russell. ‘Richard Russell’s loving orchestration of a wonderful range of supportive sounds and voices. A profoundly soulful and inspiring meditation on loneliness and friendship’

High as Hope

Florence + the Machine

Florence + the Machine’s ‘High as Hope’ was released in June 2018 on Virgin EMI. Florence Welch’s fourth studio album, it reached number 2 in the UK Album Charts. It was produced by Florence and Emile Haynie. The album includes the singles ‘Hunger’ and ‘Sky Full of Song’. ‘This unexpectedly revealing, rueful confessional album is, above all, a magnificent celebration of the extraordinary musical power and subtlety of Florence’s unique voice’

Lost & Found

Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith is originally from Walsall. Her debut album ‘Lost & Found’ was released on FAMM in June 2018. It features the singles ‘Blue Lights’, ‘Where Did I Go?’ and ‘Teenage Fantasy’. ‘Lost & Found’ was recorded at Red Bull Studios, London, The Sauna, London, and King Size Studio, Los Angeles. ‘Toughly elegant, confidently mellow, emotionally acute – a remarkable debut album’

The Ooz

King Krule

Southwark-born King Krule, also known as Archy Marshall, released his second studio album ‘The Ooz’ in October 2017 on XL Recordings. The album features the singles ‘Czech One’, ‘Dum Surfer’ and ‘Half Man Half Shark’. ‘The Ooz’ was produced by King Krule and Dilip Harris. ‘Archy Marshall’s intrepid notes from the late night London underworld. Hypnotic and unsettling – with sudden moments of startling beauty’

No Shame

Lily Allen

‘No Shame’ is the fourth studio album by Lily Allen. The album was recorded at Record Room Studios, Miami, Electric Lady Studios, New York and HOXA HQ, London. The Top 10 album features the singles ‘Trigger Bang’, ‘Lost My Mind’ and ‘Three’. It was released in June 2018 on Parlophone. ‘Sparkling pop with a refreshingly sharp bite. Lily Allen takes on her critics and her younger self with great wit and verve’

Holiday Destination

Nadine Shah

Nadine Shah is a singer-songwriter from Whitburn, South Tyneside. Released on 1965 Recordings / PIAS in August 2017, ‘Holiday Destination’ is Shah’s third album. It features the single ‘Mother Fighter’ and was produced by Ben Hillier. ‘An inspiring and infectious challenge to borders of all sorts – political, cultural and musical. Rhythmically compulsive, lyrically passionate and emotionally engaged’

Who Built The Moon?

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

‘Who Built the Moon?’ is the third album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Released on Sour Mash in November 2017, it reached Number One in the UK Album Charts. ‘Who Built the Moon?’ was produced by David Holmes, and features the singles ‘Holy Mountain’,‘It’s a Beautiful World’, ‘She Taught Me How to Fly’ and ‘If Love is the Law’. ‘A majestically gleeful celebration of rock grandeur of all kinds. Noel Gallagher challenges the world and wins!’

Novelist Guy

Novelist

Kojo Kankam, better known as Novelist, is a Grime MC and producer from Lewisham, South London. His debut studio album ‘Novelist Guy’ was released on April 2018 on MMMYEH Records. It was produced by Novelist and features the single ‘Nov Wait Stop Wait’. ‘A boldly original, playful and minimalist DIY take on grime. An important and vivid young voice in black British music culture’

Your Queen is a Reptile

Sons of Kemet

Sons of Kemet are a jazz group led by bandleader Shabaka Hutchings (sax) and featuring Tom Skinner (drums), Seb Rochford (drums) and Theon Cross (tuba). Their third album ‘Your Queen is a Reptile’ was released in March 2018 on Impulse! / Decca. It was produced by Shabaka Hutchings and Dilip Harris. ‘Shabaka Hutchings’ tribute album for nine remarkable black women is a triumph of intricate instrumental interplay and astounding collective energy’

A Vision of Life

Wolf Alice

From London, Wolf Alice are Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey, Joff Oddie and Theo Ellis. Their second studio album ‘Visions of a Life’ was released in September 2017 on Dirty Hit. Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen, it features the singles ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’, ‘Beautifully Unconventional’ and ‘Heavenward’. ‘An exuberant tapestry of swirling pop, grunge and indie guitar rock. Enchanting, cool and swaggering – cautionary stories from life on the road’

Arctic Monkeys

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys are Alex Turner, Matt Helders, Jamie Cook and Nick O‘Malley. Released in May 2018 on Domino Recordings, ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ is the band’s sixth studio album and was produced by James Ford and Alex Turner. Their debut album won the Mercury Prize in 2006. ‘The Arctic Monkeys’ guide to the galaxy! Edge of the world singing, brilliant songwriting and impeccable music making. A triumph’

Everything Everything

A Fever Dream

Everything Everything

From Manchester, Everything Everything are Jonathan Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard, Michael Spearman and Alex Robertshaw. Featuring the singles ‘Can’t Do’, ‘A Fever Dream’, ‘Desire’ and ‘Night of the Long Knives’, their album ‘A Fever Dream’ was produced by James Ford and Everything Everything. It was released in August 2017 on RCA Victor / Sony Music. ‘An exhilarating set of surreal art-pop vignettes. Urgently jagged vocals soar through supremely well-crafted sonic chaos. Inventive, surprising and compulsive’

Everything is Recorded

Everything is Recorded by Richard Russell

Everything is Recorded

Everything Is Recorded are an impromptu collective, led by Richard Russell. Their eponymous debut album was released in February 2018 on XL Recordings. Featuring contributors including Giggs, Damon Albarn, Mark Ronson, Ibeyi and last year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize winner Sampha, the album was produced by Richard Russell. ‘Richard Russell’s loving orchestration of a wonderful range of supportive sounds and voices. A profoundly soulful and inspiring meditation on loneliness and friendship’

Florence + the Machine

High as Hope

Florence + the Machine

Florence + the Machine’s ‘High as Hope’ was released in June 2018 on Virgin EMI. Florence Welch’s fourth studio album, it reached number 2 in the UK Album Charts. It was produced by Florence and Emile Haynie. The album includes the singles ‘Hunger’ and ‘Sky Full of Song’. ‘This unexpectedly revealing, rueful confessional album is, above all, a magnificent celebration of the extraordinary musical power and subtlety of Florence’s unique voice’

Jorja Smith

Lost & Found

Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith is originally from Walsall. Her debut album ‘Lost & Found’ was released on FAMM in June 2018. It features the singles ‘Blue Lights’, ‘Where Did I Go?’ and ‘Teenage Fantasy’. ‘Lost & Found’ was recorded at Red Bull Studios, London, The Sauna, London, and King Size Studio, Los Angeles. ‘Toughly elegant, confidently mellow, emotionally acute – a remarkable debut album’

King Krule

The Ooz

King Krule

Southwark-born King Krule, also known as Archy Marshall, released his second studio album ‘The Ooz’ in October 2017 on XL Recordings. The album features the singles ‘Czech One’, ‘Dum Surfer’ and ‘Half Man Half Shark’. ‘The Ooz’ was produced by King Krule and Dilip Harris. ‘Archy Marshall’s intrepid notes from the late night London underworld. Hypnotic and unsettling – with sudden moments of startling beauty’

Lily Allen

No Shame

Lily Allen

‘No Shame’ is the fourth studio album by Lily Allen. The album was recorded at Record Room Studios, Miami, Electric Lady Studios, New York and HOXA HQ, London. The Top 10 album features the singles ‘Trigger Bang’, ‘Lost My Mind’ and ‘Three’. It was released in June 2018 on Parlophone. ‘Sparkling pop with a refreshingly sharp bite. Lily Allen takes on her critics and her younger self with great wit and verve’

Nadine Shah

Holiday Destination

Nadine Shah

Nadine Shah is a singer-songwriter from Whitburn, South Tyneside. Released on 1965 Recordings / PIAS in August 2017, ‘Holiday Destination’ is Shah’s third album. It features the single ‘Mother Fighter’ and was produced by Ben Hillier. ‘An inspiring and infectious challenge to borders of all sorts – political, cultural and musical. Rhythmically compulsive, lyrically passionate and emotionally engaged’

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Who Built The Moon?

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

‘Who Built the Moon?’ is the third album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Released on Sour Mash in November 2017, it reached Number One in the UK Album Charts. ‘Who Built the Moon?’ was produced by David Holmes, and features the singles ‘Holy Mountain’,‘It’s a Beautiful World’, ‘She Taught Me How to Fly’ and ‘If Love is the Law’. ‘A majestically gleeful celebration of rock grandeur of all kinds. Noel Gallagher challenges the world and wins!’

Novelist

Novelist Guy

Novelist

Kojo Kankam, better known as Novelist, is a Grime MC and producer from Lewisham, South London. His debut studio album ‘Novelist Guy’ was released on April 2018 on MMMYEH Records. It was produced by Novelist and features the single ‘Nov Wait Stop Wait’. ‘A boldly original, playful and minimalist DIY take on grime. An important and vivid young voice in black British music culture’

Sons of Kemet

Your Queen is a Reptile

Sons of Kemet

Sons of Kemet are a jazz group led by bandleader Shabaka Hutchings (sax) and featuring Tom Skinner (drums), Seb Rochford (drums) and Theon Cross (tuba). Their third album ‘Your Queen is a Reptile’ was released in March 2018 on Impulse! / Decca. It was produced by Shabaka Hutchings and Dilip Harris. ‘Shabaka Hutchings’ tribute album for nine remarkable black women is a triumph of intricate instrumental interplay and astounding collective energy’

Wolf Alice

A Vision of Life

Wolf Alice

From London, Wolf Alice are Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey, Joff Oddie and Theo Ellis. Their second studio album ‘Visions of a Life’ was released in September 2017 on Dirty Hit. Produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen, it features the singles ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’, ‘Beautifully Unconventional’ and ‘Heavenward’. ‘An exuberant tapestry of swirling pop, grunge and indie guitar rock. Enchanting, cool and swaggering – cautionary stories from life on the road’