KOKO Asia Speaks…

July 24, 2009, 7:55 am
Filed under: Music News

The shortlist for this years prestigious Mercury Prize was announced this week with chart toppersKasabian Kasabian and La Roux widely tipped for top spot.

The prize is seen as a sign for future success or cementing a reputation as one of the best bands in the UK given previous winners such as Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons, Portishead and Pulp.

This year’s shortlist is a snapshot of some of the most talented and exciting artists around, with Glasvegas, Florence and the Machine, Friendly Fires and The Horrors all in contention.

Making up the remainder are Bat For Lashes who receive their second nomination, Lisa Hannigan, Speech Debelle, the Invisible, Sweet Billy Pilgrim and Led Bib. Out of the whole list only Bat For Lashes have received a nomination for the award previously.

The Mercury Prize is now in its 17th year and aims to honour some of the best new albums from the UK and Ireland in the past 12 months, with seven of the twelve contenders having just released debut albums.

Tom Meighan from Kasabian recently told the BBC: “I like making music but it’s really nice to get the recognition. I think it’s deserved, why not, eh?”
The Leicester foursome who are due to play for MTV’s World Stage in Kuala Lumpur on August 15th have been nominated for their third album West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.

Elbow were suprising but deserved winners last year with their fourth studio album The Seldom Seen Kid.

Florence and the Machine have become joint favourites with Kasabian to take the title and have been garnering more exposure and popularity since they won a Brit Award last year for best rising star.

The prize was started back in 1992 with the inaugural award going to psychedelic rock trendsetters Primal Scream for their album Screamadelica which broke them into the mainstream. For your pleasure we have stuck up videos from each of the nominations on kokoasia.com. Mayo.

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