James Blake bags the Mercury Prize 2013 for Overgrown
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James Blake became the surprise winner of the 2013 Mercury Prize last night at Camden’s Roundhouse. Despite host Lauren Laverne calling him ‘James Blunt’ before his awards show performance, the 25-year-old Londoner beat competition from the likes of David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Laura Marling and Disclosure to win the prize. After missing out on the prize in 2011 Blake was victorious for his latest release Overgrown, which has gained critical success for its introspective downbeat ambient tracks and Blake’s transcendent, soulful vocals. The judges described it as "Late night music for the digital age. An inventive, poignant and poetic record of great beauty.” The self-produced second album also features contributions from Brian Eno and RZA from Wu-Tang Clan. One of the least commercial records on the shortlist and compared to the pop chart credentials of Rudimental and Disclosure, the decision caused stunned faces across the crowd. Blake seemed surprised at his win, only giving a minimal acceptance speech to the packed venue. Backstage grasping his award he spoke of his feelings on winning.
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