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Mercury Prize announces 2019 shortlist

Little Simz, Dave and Slowthai are among the nods

  • Sophie Ronodipuro
  • 25 July 2019
Mercury Prize announces 2019 shortlist

The nominees for the 2019 Mercury Prize have been announced.

A number of this year’s nominees have produced politically inclined work, such as Idles’ ‘Joy As an Act of Resistance’ and Slowthai’s (pictured)’ Nothing Great About Britain’, which have been interpreted as a response to Brexit and the shifting political climate. Rap albums from Little Simz and Dave also make the cut.

This year also has repeat nominations for Foals, who are up for their third Mercury Prize with ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost’, and The 1975 with their second nomination for ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’.

There is no representation for electronic music in this year’s shortlist, so no placing for albums such as SOPHIE’s Grammy-nominated ‘Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides’ or our 2018 DJ of the year Objekt’s ‘Cocoon Crush’.

Our album of the year for 2018, Tirzah’s ‘Devotion’, is also absent from the nominees, as are names such as former winner Skepta, James Blake and AJ Tracey.

The panel of judges has also been revealed and will include Radio 1’s Annie Mac, r'n'b star Jorja Smith, and recent Glastonbury headliner Stormzy amongst others.

Last year’s winners were alternative-rock band Wolf Alice with their album ‘Visions of a Life’.

This year’s awards ceremony will be held at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London on September 19.

Check out the full list of nominee’s below:

Anna Calvi – Hunter

Black Midi – Schlagenheim

Cate Le Bon – Reward

Dave – Psychodrama

Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost

Fontaines DC – Dogrel

Idles – Joy As an Act of Resistance

Little Simz – Grey Area

Nao – Saturn

SEED Ensemble – Driftglass

Slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain

The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

Sophie Ronodipuro is a freelance writer, follow her on Twitter

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