Mercury Prize 2014 shortlist nominees revealed

Barclays Mercury Prize 2014

Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2014 nominee FKA Twigs

The Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2014 nominees include Damon Albarn, FKA Twigs and Kate Tempest.

So, here they are, this year’s 12 nominees vying for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2014 album of the year title.

In case you were wondering, we garnered a respectable six in the Getintothis Predictometer.

Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots

Bombay Bicycle ClubSo Long, See You Tomorrow

Anna Calvi: One Breath

East India YouthTotal Strife Forever

FKA Twigs: LP1

Jungle: Jungle

Nick Mulvey: First Mind

GoGo Penguinv2.0

Polar BearIn Each and Every One

Royal Blood: Royal Blood

Kate Tempest: Everybody Down

Young Fathers: Dead

So, what do we make of all that?

a) It’s a definitively ‘Mercury’ list with the only genuine curve balls being Royal Blood (a rare ‘rock’ inclusion) and GoGo Penguin (who?).

b) However, it’s good to see  seven debut records making the cut. Especially a couple of our favourites – East India Youth, FKA Twigs and Young Fathers.

c) Calvi and Polar Bear (the token jazz act returns – pft!) are the only previous nominees.

d) Albarn has already been installed as favourite – and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him scoop the prize what with Blur never scooping the prize.

e) The judges really don’t like Wild Beasts as they’ve failed to make the cut again.

f) 220 albums were entered this year.

g) We’re rooting for East India Youth. Yep.

The winner will be announced on Wednesday October 29.