More than 25 years ago, Primal Scream won the first edition with Screamadelica back in 1992. Since then Portishead, Pulp, Badly Drawn Boy, PJ Harvey and more recently Young Fathers and Skepta took over the title. Who will be the lucky number in this upcoming edition? Who’ll succeed to last year’s Wolf Alice’s Visions of A Life?
Again, the shortlist is showing how the UK music scene is flourishing and inspiring at the moment. From rocking trips into the every day and dark political way of life to raw beats about struggles and intelligent po bops, the shortlist present a great mixture of styles. The productions are on point and the panel will definitely have to make a tough choice. The albums nominated are unique in their genres and show the creativity of their authors. There is absolutely no surprises about the indescribable quality of the songwriting on albums such as Idles’ sarcasmed and hope themed and amazingly written Joy As An Act of resistance to the superb melodies of Cate Le Bon’s Reward or even Brexit’s inspired Nothing Great About Britain. The race will be tight till the end.
The complete list of nominees are:
Anna Calvi – ‘Hunter’
Black Midi – ‘Schlagenheim’
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’
Seed Ensemble – ‘Driftglass’
slowthai – ‘Nothing Great About Britain’
The 1975 – ‘A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships’
The winner will be announced during the annual ceremony on September 19th. Stay tuned!