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…