This year’s Hyundai Mercury Prize, celebrating the best album by a British or Irish artist over the last 12 months, has been won by Dave for Psychodrama. The album from the south London rapper is an extraordinary debut, framed as excerpts from a year-long course of therapy and tackling issues of grief, racial identity, domestic abuse and depression.
The award honours the best British and Irish album of the last 12 months, and is chosen by a panel of British music critics and industry professionals. Psychodrama beat albums by black midi, Foals, Nao, Little Simz, and others, and joins the likes of other rap winners, including Dizzee Rascal’s Boy in Da Corner and Skepta’s Konnichiwa. Accepting the award, Dave invited his mother up on stage and paid tribute to his brother, who is currently in prison, for inspiring the album.
Describing the song, Anna Calvi says: “It’s a song about the defiance of happiness. It’s about being free to identify yourself in whichever way you please, without any restraints from society.”
Little Simz, Selfish
“I'm right in the dead middle of my twenties - no one warned me it was going to be this hard,” Little Simz told BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac. “It feels like a Grey Area - which is why I called the album that.”
SEED Ensemble, Interplanetary Migration
The ten-piece project led by composer, arranger and saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi combines South African jazz with Sixties soul and hip hop influences.
Fontaines D.C., Boys In The Better Land
Fast and furious: The band say that the only lighting they had when they recorded some songs was a strobe light.
Cate Le Bon, Home To You
Pop with avant-garde flavour explores a search for belonging and a sense of place.
Dave, Black Or Streatham
The London rapper brought the audience to their feet with this performance.
black midi, BM BM BM
Keep your eye on the guitarist, trust us.
The 1975, It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)
As the band are in Australia, they showed a video of a live performance.
NAO, Another Lifetime
Cosmic sensuality meets sad banger from the singer-songwriter.
The self-styled “Brexit Bandit” gnarls and snarls his way through this show-stopping performance describing a night out.
IDLES, Never Fight a Man With a Perm
From one flavour of punk to another – with the Bristol band’s rant against drugged-up toxic masculinity. slowthai certainly loved it.
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