Mercury Prize 2019: 12 massive tracks from the nominated artists

Little Simz, Foals, Anna Calvi, Dave, IDLES and more are all in the running for the famous award.

Henry Lewis

Date published: 25th Jul 2019

The nominees for this year's Mercury Prize are in, showing once again the diverse range of talent delivered by Britain and Ireland's finest, contemporary acts within the last 12 months.

On it, unsurprisingly, is a nod to the punk revolution led by the likes of IDLES and Fontaines DC, both of which have delivered incendiary albums, added to by performing anarchic live shows that have seemingly captured a generation.

Also on the list is truly brilliant London MC Little Simz, whose Grey Area gets a hugely deserved nomination, while Dave's Psychodrama sees another burgeoning rapper make the list, along with fierce newcomer Slowthai whose riotous Nothing Great About Britain has resonated hugely with the UK's disaffected youth.


There's a nod to FoalsEverything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part One), complete with standout indie bangers' 'Exits', 'On The Luna' and 'In Degrees', The 1975's uber woke A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, and Anna Calvi's remarkable Hunter.

The judging panel for this year’s Mercury Prize will include the likes of Stormzy, Annie Mac and Jorja Smith, with this year's victor joining the likes of past winners Skepta, Wolf AliceSampha and more in scooping the coveted gong.

To give you a taste of each, we've compiled the biggest track from each of the 12 albums into one handy playlist, hopefully giving an incentive to give each album a full listen.