2022
SHORTLIST

Forest Floor

Fergus McCreadie

Released in April 2022, ‘Forest Floor’ is the follow-up to Fergus McCreadie’s acclaimed ‘Cairn’. Released through Edition Records, Fergus leads his trio, featuring David Bowden and Stephen Henderson, in captivating jazz.

Tresor

Gwenno

‘Tresor’ is Gwenno Saunders’ third solo album, and is sung almost entirely in Cornish. Released in July 2022, it was written in Cornwall at the start of 2020, and is released on Heavenly Recordings.

Harry's House

Harry Styles

The third solo album from Harry Styles, ‘Harry’s House’ was released through Colombia Records in May 2020, with both the album and lead single ‘As It Was’ topping the UK charts.

For All Our Days That Tear The Heart

Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler

Released through EMI Records in June 2022, ‘For All Our Days That Tear The Heart’ is the debut collaboration between Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler.

Skin

Joy Crookes

‘Skin’, released through insanity Records in October 2021, is the debut album from South Londoner Joy Crookes, and features the singles ‘Feet Don’t Fail Me Now’, and ‘When You Were Mine’.

Reason to Smile

Kojey Radical

Released in March 2022 through Warner Records, Kojey Radical’s ‘Reason to Smile’ is the latest project from the East Londoner, and features the singles ‘Payback’, and ‘Silk’.

Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

Little Simz

‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ is the September 2021 album from Little Simz, released through AWAL. Working with friend and collaborator Inflo, the album features the singles ‘Woman’ and ‘Introvert’.

Supernova

Nova Twins

Formed in 2014, ‘Supernova’ is the second album from duo Amy Love and Georgia South, collectively known as Nova Twins. Released through Marshall Records, it builds on their 2020 debut ‘Who Are The Girls?’.

Prioritise Pleasure

Self Esteem

The second solo album from Rebecca Lucy Taylor, ‘Prioritise Pleasure’, released in October 2021 through Universal Music, is an unapologetic pop album, featuring the single ‘I Do This All The Time’.

Seventeen Going Under

Sam Fender

Released in October 2021, ‘Seventeen Going Under’ is the second album from Sam Fender, released through Universal Music. It features the singles ‘Seventeen Going Under’ and ‘Spit Of You’.

Wet Leg

Wet Leg

Wet Leg’s self-titled debut album, released in April 2022 through Domino, topped the Official Albums Chart, and features the barnstorming singles ‘Chaise Longue’ and ‘Ur Mum’.

The Overload

Yard Act

Released through Island Records in January 2022, ‘The Overload’ is the debut album from Leeds-based Yard Act, and features the single by the same name and ‘100% Endurance’.

Mercury Prize

Forest Floor

Fergus McCreadie

Released in April 2022, ‘Forest Floor’ is the follow-up to Fergus McCreadie’s acclaimed ‘Cairn’. Released through Edition Records, Fergus leads his trio, featuring David Bowden and Stephen Henderson, in captivating jazz.

Mercury Prize

Tresor

Gwenno

‘Tresor’ is Gwenno Saunders’ third solo album, and is sung almost entirely in Cornish. Released in July 2022, it was written in Cornwall at the start of 2020, and is released on Heavenly Recordings.

Mercury Prize

Harry's House

Harry Styles

The third solo album from Harry Styles, ‘Harry’s House’ was released through Colombia Records in May 2020, with both the album and lead single ‘As It Was’ topping the UK charts.

Mercury Prize

For All Our Days That Tear The Heart

Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler

Released through EMI Records in June 2022, ‘For All Our Days That Tear The Heart’ is the debut collaboration between Jessie Buckley & Bernard Butler.

Mercury Prize

Skin

Joy Crookes

‘Skin’, released through insanity Records in October 2021, is the debut album from South Londoner Joy Crookes, and features the singles ‘Feet Don’t Fail Me Now’, and ‘When You Were Mine’.

Mercury Prize

Reason to Smile

Kojey Radical

Released in March 2022 through Warner Records, Kojey Radical’s ‘Reason to Smile’ is the latest project from the East Londoner, and features the singles ‘Payback’, and ‘Silk’.

Mercury Prize

Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

Little Simz

‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ is the September 2021 album from Little Simz, released through AWAL. Working with friend and collaborator Inflo, the album features the singles ‘Woman’ and ‘Introvert’.

Mercury Prize

Supernova

Nova Twins

Formed in 2014, ‘Supernova’ is the second album from duo Amy Love and Georgia South, collectively known as Nova Twins. Released through Marshall Records, it builds on their 2020 debut ‘Who Are The Girls?’.

Mercury Prize

Prioritise Pleasure

Self Esteem

The second solo album from Rebecca Lucy Taylor, ‘Prioritise Pleasure’, released in October 2021 through Universal Music, is an unapologetic pop album, featuring the single ‘I Do This All The Time’.

Mercury Prize

Seventeen Going Under

Sam Fender

Released in October 2021, ‘Seventeen Going Under’ is the second album from Sam Fender, released through Universal Music. It features the singles ‘Seventeen Going Under’ and ‘Spit Of You’.

Mercury Prize

Wet Leg

Wet Leg

Wet Leg’s self-titled debut album, released in April 2022 through Domino, topped the Official Albums Chart, and features the barnstorming singles ‘Chaise Longue’ and ‘Ur Mum’.

Mercury Prize

The Overload

Yard Act

Released through Island Records in January 2022, ‘The Overload’ is the debut album from Leeds-based Yard Act, and features the single by the same name and ‘100% Endurance’.