Mercury Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for this years Mercury Prize has been announced today and we’re delighted to see the self-titled debut album from ESKA included. Released back in April on Naim Edge, the album has hints of folk, soul, psychedelia and electronica and pairs them with stirring lyrics.

This years awards show will be held at the Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House in London on Friday 20 November and will be hosted by Lauren Laverne. Broadcast live on BBC Four and 6Music, the evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the 2015 Mercury Prize in association with BBC Music. BBC Radio 6 Music will reflect the awards during the evening, crossing live for the big announcement.

ESKA on being shortlisted
“It’s really overwhelming actually, and a wonderful acknowledgement to receive

The Shortlist

  • Aphex Twin – Syro
  • Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool
  • Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys
  • C Duncan – Architect
  • ESKA – ESKA
  • Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
  • Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin
  • Benjamin Clementine – At Least For Now
  • Jamie XX – In Colour
  • SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream
  • Gaz Coombes – Matador
  • Slaves – Are You Satisfied

2015 sees the Mercury Prize form an extensive new partnership with BBC Music. As well as broadcasting exclusive coverage of the shortlist and winner announcements, the BBC will also showcase the Mercury Prize 2015 Albums of the Year through a series of studio sessions featuring this year’s shortlisted artists.