Ok then, we’ll tell you what we would have chosen for the Mercury Prize shortlist. You were probably all about to nag us about it


It’s easy to forget how upset some people get over the Mercury Prize, and then, on a day like today, when the shortlist is announced and the world is undoubtedly enraged, you wonder if life will ever be the same again.

Everyone likes to be down on The Mercury, which has become trapped by its own early-life credibility (M People), but it remains a prize that is essentially trying its best to do something good for the more alternative side of British popular music, and predominantly for the independent labels involved with it. And hey, it’s still not The Brits, at least.

That said, more so than in any other year in recent memory, here at Loud And Quiet we were surprised to not see one or two of our favourite albums of 2015 on today’s Mercury shortlist, sparking a straw pole amongst us as to what 12 British albums we would have put forward ourselves.

It’s hardly an original concept, is it, but here what our gut would have gone with…

Gwenno ‘Y Dydd Olaf by Gwenno’

Little Simz ‘A Curious Tale Of Trials + Persons’

Blanck Mass ‘Dumb Flesh’

Girl Band ‘Holding Hands With Jamie’

Jamie xx ‘In Colour’

Lonelady ‘Hinterland’

Slime ‘Company’

Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat ‘The Most Important Place in the World’

The Eccentronic Research Council ‘Johnny Rocket…’

Novella ‘Land’

Lapalux ‘Lustmore’

Richard Dawson ‘Nothing Important’