Playlist Monday: Your Musical Guide to the Mercury Prize!

The reveal of the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize winner is fast approaching. This past Wednesday the shortlist of nominations for this album of the year award was announced, and my goodness, each album on the list is pure gold. From James Blake’s Overgrown to Laura Marling’s Once I Was an Eagle , these albums are all something worth listening to.

The Mercury Prize, being awarded on October 30th, is a UK award commending artists from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The award is bestowed through an album of the year competition, and is considered by many to be highly prestigious. Although the past year’s competition gained a reputation of being obscure, this year’s shortlist has many well-known acts including Rudimental who performed at Budweiser’s Made In America Festival in Philadelphia this past month.

This prize considers albums of all genres by artists from the UK and Ireland. The past winners of this prize are diverse, including Badly Drawn Boy in 2000, Franz Ferdinand  in 2004, and most recently Alt-J in 2012.

Being an ocean away, it may seem hard to keep up with every album nominated. Here is a playlist giving you a taste of each album in the running for the 2013 Mercury Prize. 


1. Arctic Monkeys- AM– “Do I Wanna Know?”


2. James Blake- Overgrown- “Retrograde”


3. David Bowie- The Next Day– “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”


4. Disclosure- Settle- “F For You”


5. Rudimental- Home- “Waiting All Night”


6. Foals- Holy Fire– “My Number”


7. Jon Hopkins- Immunity– “Open Eye Signal”


8. Savages- Silence Yourself -“City’s Full”


9. Laura Mvula- Sing to the Moon-“That’s Alright”


10. Jake Bugg- Home– “Lightening Bolt”


11. Villagers- {Awayland}– “My Lighthouse”


12. Laura Marling- Once I Was an Eagle– “Where Can I Go?”


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