I love lists, me. (The Mercury Prize 2011, and some albums that might feature on its longlist.)

After last year’s Mercury Prize went, rightly, to The xx (although I had a drink in the honour of Wild Beasts, too, whose Two Dancers LP should/would have won in any other year), I wrote a little predictions-centric piece on what albums might feature on 2011’s list – which will be announced in July.

You can read said BBC Music Blog entry HERE.

Some big names, there. Some very familiar ones, and some rather less well known. Below, though, is a slightly revised set of acts and albums who could feature – all being British, and all with albums already out (and of a style certain to tick voting panel boxes). No Radiohead on the release schedule yet.

The Burns Unit – Side Show
Skream – Outside the Box
Luke Abbott – Holkham Drones
The Count & Sinden – Mega Mega Mega
Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong
Richard Thompson – Dream Attic
Norma Winstone – Stories Yet To Tell
Smoke Fairies – Through Low Light and Trees
Robert Plant – Band of Joy
Edwyn Collins – Losing Sleep
Manic Street Preachers – Postcards from a Young Man
Tricky – Mixed Race
Bellowhead – Hedonism
Bring Me the Horizon – There is a Hell…
Heidi Talbot – The Last Star
Tinie Tempah – Disc-Overy
Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner
Wyatt, Atzmon, Stephen – For the Ghosts Within
Darkstar – North
Darren Hayman and the Secondary Modern – Essex Arms
The Phantom Band – The Wants
Rumer – Seasons of my Soul
Brian Eno with Jon Hopkins and Leo Abrahams – Small Craft on a Milk Sea
British Sea Power – Valhalla Dancehall
Wire – Red Barked Tree
Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi
Adele – 21
Esben and the Witch – Violet Cries
James Blake – James Blake
Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
Led Bib – Bring Your Own
The Streets – Computers and Blues
Teddy Thompson – Bella
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Noah and the Whale – Last Night on Earth
Katy B – On a Mission
Micachu & The Shapes and the London Sinfonietta – Chopped & Screwed

Roughly in release order there, from the summer of 2010 to March of this year. (I don’t have much on the release schedule beyond that, not from domestic acts of note/clout anyway. The View? Fuck right off.) I say give it to Skinner. Why not. It’s not like the supposed ‘curse of the Mercury’ can strike him, given he’s quit The Streets now.

Mike Skinner

Aw, c’mon chap. Cheer up.


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