Looking for the next hit international music performer? There’s no certain way to know, of course, but as good a place to look as any is the Mercury Prize. That award goes the best new album from a British or Irish artist.
Here’s the first half of our look at the 12 albums nominated for the Mercury Prize. Click on the corresponding album cover to listen to song samples.
Who they are: A three piece band for Scotland.
Great if you like: I Hate Kate, Dave Gahan
Be sure to check out: Many of Horror (track #8), Bubbles (#3)
Sky At Night
I Am Kloot
Who they are: An easy-going yet offbeat trio from Manchester, England.
Great if you like: The Libertines, Sparklehorse, Barenaked Ladies
Be sure to check out: Northern Skies—give a listen to track #1 and you’ll likely be sold.
Tongue N’ Cheek
Who he is: A long-time English rapper and MC.
Great if you like: Snoop Dog, Blackalicious, Kano
Be sure to check out: Bonkers (track #1), Dance Wiv Me (#3)
Wake Up the Nation
Who he is: The former front man for the punk band The Jam.
Great if you like: The Stone Roses, The Jam, Stereophonics, The Specials
Be sure to check out: Download the entire title track Wake The Nation track for free on Amazon.
Corinne Bailey Rae
Who she are: A neo-soul songstress Corinne Bailey Rae from Leeds, Englanand.
Great if you like: Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, Sarah McLachlan
Be sure to check out: Closer (track #4) and Paris Nights / New York Mornings (#8). Love’s On Its Way is an Amazon.com exclusive.
Who they are: An atmospheric English indie pop group
Great if you like: The Cure, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Nash
Be sure to check out: Crystalised (track #3), Islands (#4), Heart Skipped a Beat (#5)
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Already knew I liked xx; but based on your comments I’m going to have to check out Paul Weller as well (I’m a huge Stone Roses fan).
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