Nationwide Mercury Music Prize 2005 shortlist.

As this year’s shortlist is due to be announced in 20 minutes, I had better get my predictions in quick:

Bloc Party, British Sea Power, Futureheads, Hard-Fi, Jem, Kano, Magic Numbers, Malcolm Middleton, MIA, Roisin Murphy, Roots Manuva, Saint Etienne.

Other possibles: Coldplay, Doves, Duke Spirit, Four Tet, Goldfrapp, Gorillaz, Go! Team, Kaiser Chiefs, Lemon Jelly, Maximo Park.

We shall see.

Update: The actual shortlist is:

Antony & The Johnsons (British born, y’see), Bloc Party, Coldplay, Go! Team, Hard-Fi, Kaiser Chiefs, Magic Numbers, Maximo Park, MIA, Polar Bear (token jazz, sorry, “post-jazz”), KT Tunstall, and somebody called Seth Lakeman (folk, self-released).

So, 4 out 12 correctly predicted, and 4 more from the “others” list. The biggest surprise is the lack of “urban” music on the list, MIA excepted (although she’s as much “arthouse” as she is “urban”).

I never was much good at this sort of thing…

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