2021
SHORTLIST

Collapsed In Sunbeams

Arlo Parks

‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’ is the debut album from West London singer-songwriter Arlo Parks. It was released in January 2021 on Transgressive Records and reached Number 3 on the UK Album Charts. The album was produced by Gianluca Buccellati and Paul Epworth. It features the singles ’Eugene’, ‘Black Dog’, ‘Hurt’, ‘Green Eyes’, ‘Caroline’ and ‘Hope’.

Demotape/Vega

Berwyn

‘DEMOTAPE/VEGA’ is Berwyn’s debut album and was released by Columbia Records in September 2020. Berwyn is Trinidad born and Romford raised. The album was self-produced and recorded at his home in East London. It includes singles ‘GLORY’, ‘TRAP PHONE’ and ‘017 FREESTYLE’.

For The First Time

Black Country, New Road

Seven-piece band Black Country, New Road’s debut album ‘For the First Time’ was released in February 2021 by Ninja Tune Records. The album was recorded live over a six day period and was produced by Andy Savours. It features the singles ‘Science Fair’ and ‘Track X’.

Not Your Muse

Celeste

‘Not Your Muse’ is Celeste’s debut album. It was released in January 2021 on Polydor Records and went to Number 1 in the UK Album Charts. The album was produced by Jamie Hartman, John Hill, Josh Crocker and Charlie Hugall and features the singles ‘Strange’, ‘Stop this Flame’, ‘A Little Love’ and ‘Love is Back’.

Promises

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra

‘Promises’ is a collaborative studio album by British electronic musician Sam Shepherd, also known as Floating Points. It features American jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sally Herbert. The album was recorded in London and LA and was released in March 2021 on Luaka Bop Records.

Conflict of Interest

Ghetts

‘Conflict of Interest’ is the third studio album from East Londoner Ghetts. The featured artists include Stormzy, Giggs, Dave, Pa Salieu, Ed Sheeran, Skepta and Emeli Sandé. The album was released by Atlantic Records in February 2021 and includes the singles ‘Mozambique’, ‘IC3’, ‘Proud Family’, ‘Skengman’ and ‘No Mercy’.

Fir Wave

Hannah Peel

‘Fir Wave’ is the fourth studio album from Northern Irish composer, producer and broadcaster Hannah Peel. Her studio work includes collaborations with Erland Cooper and Paul Weller. The album was released in March 2021 on her own imprint, My Own Pleasure, and was produced by Hannah and TJ Allen.

Pink Noise

Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula’s third album ‘Pink Noise’ was released in July 2021 on Atlantic Records. It includes the singles ‘Safe Passage’, ‘Church Girl’, ‘Got Me’ and ‘What Matters’ featuring Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil. The album was recorded in London and LA and was produced by Laura Mvula, Dann Hume and Troy Miller.

As The Love Continues

Mogwai

‘As the Love Continues’ is the 10th studio album from Glasgow-based rock band, Mogwai. The album was released in February 2021 on Rock Action Records, the band’s own independent record label and debuted at Number 1 on the UK Album Charts. It was produced by Dave Fridmann.

Source

Nubya Garcia

Saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia’s debut album ‘SOURCE’ was released in August 2020 on Concord Records. Her band includes Joe Armon-Jones (keyboards); Daniel Casimir (bass) and Sam Jones (drums). The album was produced by Nubya and Kwes and features the singles ‘Source’ and ‘Pace’.

Rise

Sault

‘Untitled (Rise)’ is the fourth studio album from the band SAULT. It was released in September 2020 on the Forever Living Originals record label and was produced by Inflo. The make up of the mysterious band has never been confirmed.

Blue Weekend

Wolf Alice

‘Blue Weekend’ is the band’s third studio album and was released in June 2021 through the Dirty Hit record label. It is the follow up to their 2018 Mercury Prize winning album ‘Visions of a Life’. It was produced by Markus Dravs and includes the singles ‘The Last Man on Earth’, ‘Smile’ and ‘No Hard Feelings’.

Arlo Parks

Collapsed In Sunbeams

Arlo Parks

‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’ is the debut album from West London singer-songwriter Arlo Parks. It was released in January 2021 on Transgressive Records and reached Number 3 on the UK Album Charts. The album was produced by Gianluca Buccellati and Paul Epworth. It features the singles ’Eugene’, ‘Black Dog’, ‘Hurt’, ‘Green Eyes’, ‘Caroline’ and ‘Hope’.

Berwyn

Demotape/Vega

Berwyn

‘DEMOTAPE/VEGA’ is Berwyn’s debut album and was released by Columbia Records in September 2020. Berwyn is Trinidad born and Romford raised. The album was self-produced and recorded at his home in East London. It includes singles ‘GLORY’, ‘TRAP PHONE’ and ‘017 FREESTYLE’.

Black Country, New Road

For The First Time

Black Country, New Road

Seven-piece band Black Country, New Road’s debut album ‘For the First Time’ was released in February 2021 by Ninja Tune Records. The album was recorded live over a six day period and was produced by Andy Savours. It features the singles ‘Science Fair’ and ‘Track X’.

Celeste

Not Your Muse

Celeste

‘Not Your Muse’ is Celeste’s debut album. It was released in January 2021 on Polydor Records and went to Number 1 in the UK Album Charts. The album was produced by Jamie Hartman, John Hill, Josh Crocker and Charlie Hugall and features the singles ‘Strange’, ‘Stop this Flame’, ‘A Little Love’ and ‘Love is Back’.

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra

Promises

Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra

‘Promises’ is a collaborative studio album by British electronic musician Sam Shepherd, also known as Floating Points. It features American jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and The London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sally Herbert. The album was recorded in London and LA and was released in March 2021 on Luaka Bop Records.

Ghetts

Conflict of Interest

Ghetts

‘Conflict of Interest’ is the third studio album from East Londoner Ghetts. The featured artists include Stormzy, Giggs, Dave, Pa Salieu, Ed Sheeran, Skepta and Emeli Sandé. The album was released by Atlantic Records in February 2021 and includes the singles ‘Mozambique’, ‘IC3’, ‘Proud Family’, ‘Skengman’ and ‘No Mercy’.

Hannah Peel

Fir Wave

Hannah Peel

‘Fir Wave’ is the fourth studio album from Northern Irish composer, producer and broadcaster Hannah Peel. Her studio work includes collaborations with Erland Cooper and Paul Weller. The album was released in March 2021 on her own imprint, My Own Pleasure, and was produced by Hannah and TJ Allen.

Laura Mvula

Pink Noise

Laura Mvula

Laura Mvula’s third album ‘Pink Noise’ was released in July 2021 on Atlantic Records. It includes the singles ‘Safe Passage’, ‘Church Girl’, ‘Got Me’ and ‘What Matters’ featuring Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil. The album was recorded in London and LA and was produced by Laura Mvula, Dann Hume and Troy Miller.

Mogwai

As The Love Continues

Mogwai

‘As the Love Continues’ is the 10th studio album from Glasgow-based rock band, Mogwai. The album was released in February 2021 on Rock Action Records, the band’s own independent record label and debuted at Number 1 on the UK Album Charts. It was produced by Dave Fridmann.

Nubya Garcia

Source

Nubya Garcia

Saxophonist and composer Nubya Garcia’s debut album ‘SOURCE’ was released in August 2020 on Concord Records. Her band includes Joe Armon-Jones (keyboards); Daniel Casimir (bass) and Sam Jones (drums). The album was produced by Nubya and Kwes and features the singles ‘Source’ and ‘Pace’.

Sault

Rise

Sault

‘Untitled (Rise)’ is the fourth studio album from the band SAULT. It was released in September 2020 on the Forever Living Originals record label and was produced by Inflo. The make up of the mysterious band has never been confirmed.

Wolf Alice

Blue Weekend

Wolf Alice

‘Blue Weekend’ is the band’s third studio album and was released in June 2021 through the Dirty Hit record label. It is the follow up to their 2018 Mercury Prize winning album ‘Visions of a Life’. It was produced by Markus Dravs and includes the singles ‘The Last Man on Earth’, ‘Smile’ and ‘No Hard Feelings’.