Arctic Monkeys have been nominated for the Mercury Prize 2018 for their latest album Traquility Base Hotel & Casino. The winners of the 2006 Mercury Prize for their debut album, ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I Am Not’ are a best-price of 10/1 with Coral.
2018 is the fourth time Arctic Monkeys have been nominated for the Mercury Prize, making them the joint-second most nominated act in history alongside two-time winner PJ Harvey, but behind five-time nominees Radiohead.
The album saw a change in direction for the Sheffield group as they ditched their guitars for a more lounge-based psychedelic style similar to that of the late David Bowie and French icon Serge Gainsbourg that often abandons the conventional song structure and has proved divisive with fans and critics alike.
Elsewhere on the list former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher has earned his second nomination with the High Flying Birds’ for his third solo album, ‘Who Built The Moon?
Singer-songwriter Florence Welsh returns to the Mercury Prize shortlist with her third consecutive nomination for Florence + The Machine’s third album High As Hope.
As always, the Mercury Prize looks beyond the stadiums and festival headliners in their shortlist as genre-bending, multi-instrumentalist, King Krule; jazz quintet, Sons of Kemet; Grime MC, Novelist; and political post-punk artist Nadine Shah all make the shortlist.
Sons of Kemet to Win @ 5/1 – BET NOW
The Mercury Prize has always shone the light less established artists and avoided the big guns consistently, unless they are unavoidable (I’m looking at you, Arctic Monkeys). Despite the bookies looking towards the more established names of Florence and Arctic Monkeys as potential winners, Sons of Kemet’s ‘Your Queen is a Reptile’ would not only put to bed the years of jokes about the ‘token jazz act’ on the shortlist, but it will see the judges acknowledging what has been a watershed moment for UK Jazz if the record won.
Fronted by prolific saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, Sons of Kemet spearhead a particularly healthy London jazz scene that has crossed over into the electronic music circuits in Europe and started to make waves in America too. The likes of Kamaal Williams and Nubya Garcia would been worthy nominees as well.
The group’s third record feels like the best chance a jazz record has to win the award and its political message chimes through with the times. This isn’t chin stroking, coffee-table jazz, this is music for the dancefloors.
The bookies are clearly aware of the potential of Sons of Kemet picking up the award as they price them at a best price of 5/1 which must be the lowest price of a jazz record in Mercury Prize history.
King Krule to Win @ 6/1 – BET NOW
While a jazz album has never won the Mercury, you might be safer placing money on 23-year-old songwriter King Krule who’s melting pot of British sounds will definitely appeal to panel. His second record The Ooz saw the Londoner preform on prime-time American Chat Shows and named the third best album of 2017 by American publication, Pitchfork.
Influenced by punk, grime and afrobeat, King Krule does have a sound that give and takes from British music from all corners, and the ripple in affect in profile would mostly likely benefit King Krule more than any other artist on the list.
Arctic Monkeys – Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino
Everything Everything – A Fever Dream
Everything Is Recorded – Everything Is Recorded
Florence + The Machine – High As Hope
Jorja Smith – Lost and Found
King Krule – The Ooz
Lily Allen – No Shame
Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Who Built The Moon?
Novelist – Novelist Guy
Sons of Kemet – Your Queen is a Reptile
Wolf Alice – Vision of a Life
One of the great things about the Mercury Music Prize is that value is always to be found. Over the years, the judging panel have picked outsiders as the British Album of the Year and over the past ten years this has been a common theme.
In recent years, Young Fathers, Skepta, Sampha and Speeche Debelle have all won with odds greater than 10/1. It always pays to play things a little riskier with the Mercury Prize as the big names rarely win the award.
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