2020
SHORTLIST

FIBS

Anna Meredith

Anna Meredith’s second studio album ‘FIBS’ was released in October 2019 by Moshi Moshi Records and was produced by Jack Ross. Anna is a genre-crossing Scottish composer and producer whose work straddles the worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock. The album features the singles ‘Paramour’, ‘Inhale Exhale’ and ‘Sawbones’.

how i'm feeling now

Charli XCX

‘how i’m feeling now’ is Charli’s fourth album and was released in May 2020 by Atlantic Records. It was written, recorded and released in 39 days during lockdown. Charli welcomed fans into her creative process, encouraging them to use the music to inspire their own creativity. The album features the singles ‘forever’, ‘claws’, ‘I finally understand’ and ‘enemy’.

Future Nostalgia

Dua Lipa

‘Future Nostalgia’, Dua Lipa’s second album was released in March 2020 by Warner Records. It topped the UK Album Charts, debuted at Number 4 on the US Billboard 200 and produced the Top 10 singles ‘Don’t Start Now’, ‘Physical’ and ‘Break My Heart’. Dua worked with new collaborators on the album including producers Andrew Watt and Jeff Bhasker.

Seeking Thrills

Georgia

Released in January 2020 by Domino Recordings, ‘Seeking Thrills’ is Georgia’s second album and contains the singles ’Started Out, ‘About Work the Dancefloor’ and ‘Never Let You Go’. Georgia began her music career as a drummer before writing, producing and releasing her debut album in 2015. ‘Seeking Thrills’ was produced by Georgia, Sean Oakley and Mark Ralph.

Hoodies All Summer

Kano

East London’s Kano released ‘Hoodies All Summer’, his sixth studio album, in August 2019 on Parlophone Records. The album reached Number 8 on the UK Album Chart and includes guest appearances from Kojo Funds, Popcaan, Lil Silva, D Double E and Ghetts, with production handled by Blue May and Jodi Milliner. It features the singles ‘Trouble’, ‘Class of Deja’ and ‘Pan-Fried’.

Spook the Herd

Lanterns on the Lake

The Newcastle band’s fourth album was released in February 2020 by Bella Union. Lanterns on the Lake are Hazel Wilde, Paul Gregory, Oliver Ketteringham, Bob Allan and Angela Chan. The album was recorded at Distant City Studios in Yorkshire. The lyrics were written by vocalist Hazel Wilde and the album was produced by guitarist Paul Gregory. It includes the singles ‘Every Atom’, ‘Baddies’ and ‘When It All Comes True’.

Song for Our Daughter

Laura Marling

Laura Marling’s seventh studio album ‘Song for Our Daughter’ was released in April 2020 by Chrysalis/Partisan Records. The album was co-produced by Laura’s longtime collaborator Ethan Johns. It was written primarily by Laura except the title track ‘Song for Out Daughter’ written with George Jephson and ’The End of the Affair’ with Blake Mills. The album includes the single ‘Held Down’.

KIWANUKA

Michael Kiwanuka

‘KIWANUKA’ was released in November 2019 on Polydor and is Michael Kiwanuka’s third album. It was produced by Danger Mouse and British hip hop producer Inflo andwas recorded in LA, New York and London. The album reached Number 2 in the UK Album Chart. It includes the singles ‘You Ain’t The Problem’, ‘Solid Ground’ and ‘Hero’.

Dark Matter

Moses Boyd

Moses Boyd’s debut solo album ‘Dark Matter’ was released in February 2020 on his own label Exodus Records. The album was co-produced with Koyejo Oloko and features Poppy Ajudha, Obongjayar, Nonku Phiri and Ezra Collective’s Joe Armon-Jones. It includes the singles ‘Stranger than Fiction’ and ‘Shades of You’.

Every Bad

Porridge Radio

Brighton and London based Porridge Radio released their second album in March 2020 on Secretly Canadian. The band are Dana Margolin, Maddie Ryall, Georgie Stott and Sam Yardley. Dana Margolin is the principal songwriter and producer and the album was mixed by Oli Barton-Wood. It includes the singles ‘Lilac’, ‘Sweet’ and ‘Circling’.

Deep Down Happy

Sports Team

Sports Team are Alex Rice, Henry Young, Rob Knaggs, Oli Dewdney, Ben Mack and Al Greenwood. They met in Cambridge and are now London based. The band’s debut album was released in June 2020 on Island Records and reached Number 2 in the UK Album Chart. It was produced by Burke Reid and features the singles ‘Here it Comes Again’, ‘Fishing’, ‘The Races’ and ‘Here’s the Thing’.

Heavy is the Head

Stormzy

South London’s Stormzy released his second studio album in December 2019 on #MerkyRecords/Atlantic Records. The album includes the chart topping singles ‘Vossi Bop’ and ‘Own It’. This Made Stormzy the first British solo rapper to achieve the chart double with ‘Heavy is the Head’ and ‘Own It’ both claiming Number 1 positions. The album includes guest appearances from Headie One, Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy.

Mercury Prize

FIBS

Anna Meredith

Anna Meredith’s second studio album ‘FIBS’ was released in October 2019 by Moshi Moshi Records and was produced by Jack Ross. Anna is a genre-crossing Scottish composer and producer whose work straddles the worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock. The album features the singles ‘Paramour’, ‘Inhale Exhale’ and ‘Sawbones’.

Mercury Prize

how i'm feeling now

Charli XCX

‘how i’m feeling now’ is Charli’s fourth album and was released in May 2020 by Atlantic Records. It was written, recorded and released in 39 days during lockdown. Charli welcomed fans into her creative process, encouraging them to use the music to inspire their own creativity. The album features the singles ‘forever’, ‘claws’, ‘I finally understand’ and ‘enemy’.

Mercury Prize

Future Nostalgia

Dua Lipa

‘Future Nostalgia’, Dua Lipa’s second album was released in March 2020 by Warner Records. It topped the UK Album Charts, debuted at Number 4 on the US Billboard 200 and produced the Top 10 singles ‘Don’t Start Now’, ‘Physical’ and ‘Break My Heart’. Dua worked with new collaborators on the album including producers Andrew Watt and Jeff Bhasker.

Mercury Prize

Seeking Thrills

Georgia

Released in January 2020 by Domino Recordings, ‘Seeking Thrills’ is Georgia’s second album and contains the singles ’Started Out, ‘About Work the Dancefloor’ and ‘Never Let You Go’. Georgia began her music career as a drummer before writing, producing and releasing her debut album in 2015. ‘Seeking Thrills’ was produced by Georgia, Sean Oakley and Mark Ralph.

Mercury Prize

Hoodies All Summer

Kano

East London’s Kano released ‘Hoodies All Summer’, his sixth studio album, in August 2019 on Parlophone Records. The album reached Number 8 on the UK Album Chart and includes guest appearances from Kojo Funds, Popcaan, Lil Silva, D Double E and Ghetts, with production handled by Blue May and Jodi Milliner. It features the singles ‘Trouble’, ‘Class of Deja’ and ‘Pan-Fried’.

Mercury Prize

Spook the Herd

Lanterns on the Lake

The Newcastle band’s fourth album was released in February 2020 by Bella Union. Lanterns on the Lake are Hazel Wilde, Paul Gregory, Oliver Ketteringham, Bob Allan and Angela Chan. The album was recorded at Distant City Studios in Yorkshire. The lyrics were written by vocalist Hazel Wilde and the album was produced by guitarist Paul Gregory. It includes the singles ‘Every Atom’, ‘Baddies’ and ‘When It All Comes True’.

Mercury Prize

Song for Our Daughter

Laura Marling

Laura Marling’s seventh studio album ‘Song for Our Daughter’ was released in April 2020 by Chrysalis/Partisan Records. The album was co-produced by Laura’s longtime collaborator Ethan Johns. It was written primarily by Laura except the title track ‘Song for Out Daughter’ written with George Jephson and ’The End of the Affair’ with Blake Mills. The album includes the single ‘Held Down’.

Mercury Prize

KIWANUKA

Michael Kiwanuka

‘KIWANUKA’ was released in November 2019 on Polydor and is Michael Kiwanuka’s third album. It was produced by Danger Mouse and British hip hop producer Inflo andwas recorded in LA, New York and London. The album reached Number 2 in the UK Album Chart. It includes the singles ‘You Ain’t The Problem’, ‘Solid Ground’ and ‘Hero’.

Mercury Prize

Dark Matter

Moses Boyd

Moses Boyd’s debut solo album ‘Dark Matter’ was released in February 2020 on his own label Exodus Records. The album was co-produced with Koyejo Oloko and features Poppy Ajudha, Obongjayar, Nonku Phiri and Ezra Collective’s Joe Armon-Jones. It includes the singles ‘Stranger than Fiction’ and ‘Shades of You’.

Mercury Prize

Every Bad

Porridge Radio

Brighton and London based Porridge Radio released their second album in March 2020 on Secretly Canadian. The band are Dana Margolin, Maddie Ryall, Georgie Stott and Sam Yardley. Dana Margolin is the principal songwriter and producer and the album was mixed by Oli Barton-Wood. It includes the singles ‘Lilac’, ‘Sweet’ and ‘Circling’.

Mercury Prize

Deep Down Happy

Sports Team

Sports Team are Alex Rice, Henry Young, Rob Knaggs, Oli Dewdney, Ben Mack and Al Greenwood. They met in Cambridge and are now London based. The band’s debut album was released in June 2020 on Island Records and reached Number 2 in the UK Album Chart. It was produced by Burke Reid and features the singles ‘Here it Comes Again’, ‘Fishing’, ‘The Races’ and ‘Here’s the Thing’.

Mercury Prize

Heavy is the Head

Stormzy

South London’s Stormzy released his second studio album in December 2019 on #MerkyRecords/Atlantic Records. The album includes the chart topping singles ‘Vossi Bop’ and ‘Own It’. This Made Stormzy the first British solo rapper to achieve the chart double with ‘Heavy is the Head’ and ‘Own It’ both claiming Number 1 positions. The album includes guest appearances from Headie One, Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy.