The initial longlist of names for this year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize has been announced, and it’s packed with Dork favourites.
The list of twelve albums made by artists from Great Britain and Ireland includes the likes of Dave, The 1975, Slowthai, Little Simz and Idles. There’s also room for nods for Foals, Anna Calvi, Fontaines D.C. and ‘more’.
To be eligible, albums must have been released between Saturday 21st July 2018 and Friday 19th July 2019 inclusive and need to have been submitted by a record company that owns or controls the recordings. If you’re wondering where your counter-culture fave is, that means that not every album released during the qualifying period may have been considered, ‘FYI’.
The overall winner of the 2019 Hyundai Mercury Prize will be announced on 19th September at the Awards Show, which is being held at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith.
The shortlisted albums read:
Anna Calvi – Hunter
Black Midi – Schlagenheim
SEED Ensemble – Driftglass
Cate Le Bon – Reward
Dave – Psychodrama
Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1
Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
IDLES – Joy as an Act of Resistance
Little Simz – Grey Area
NAO – Saturn
slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain
The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships