The 2018 Hyundai Mercury Prize nominees have been announced...
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This year’s nominations for the Hyundai Mercury Prize Album of the Year were released this week, celebrating the best of what British music has to offer.The award is given in honour artistic achievement across a range of contemporary genres, with nominations released on BBC Radio 6 on Thursday 26th July. As usual, some of Britain’s top artists have been featured that had highly speculated releases this year, such as Arctic Monkeys, Jorja Smith, Florence + The Machine and Lily Allen. William Hill has already announced the bookies’ choice of album to win the award, with lowest odds placed at 4/1 for Florence’s album High as Hope, and the highest odds placed 10/1 for Nadine Shah’s Holiday Destination, Novelist’s album Novelist Guy and finally for Sons of Kemet’s record Your Queen is a Reptile. The winner will be announced on Thursday 20th September, but for now, let’s have a look at each album and why it’s been nominated. Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino It was no surprise Arctic Monkeys would be nominated for Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, a hotly anticipated album revival for the band after almost a 3-year hiatus. Alex has been in the news frequently this week for his shaved head and performance of, like a true Strokes fan-girl, 'This Is It'. They also made 2016’s Mercury Prize nominations for AM. Everything Everything - Fever Dream Everything Everything bring their EDM and house vibes to the nominations, with a classic Mancunian charm. Fever Dream is a set of “surreal art-pop vignettes” that has been penned as “well-crafted chaos”. A perfect whirlwind to the otherwise standard list of nominations. Everything is Recorded - Everything is Recorded The debut album Everything is Recorded by Richard Russell has an impressive list of collaborators, and his tune 'Wet Looking Road' featuring Giggs combines grime to his amazing beats in 'She Said' with Obongjayar & Kamasi Washington. Florence + The Machine - High as Hope Florence is back in the game. Her haunting melodies in 'Hunger' guide her way to another starry success both on stage and in the studio. Her vocals are exquisitely arranged and deserve their number 2 in the UK album charts. Jorja Smith - Lost and Found Perhaps the most widely loved R&B record of this year, Jorja Smith’s Lost and Found celebrates the best of young, South London culture. Many are hailing her as the next Amy Winehouse with her lyricist talent and cool girl aesthetic. We're pleased to see she’s already made her way to the Album of the Year nominations.
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