2013 Mercury Prize Shortlist

This year’s nominations for the prestigious Mercury Prize have been announced. There are few surprises:

Rudimental – Home
Foals – Holy Fire
Jon Hopkins – Immunity
Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
Laura Mvula – Sing To The Moon
Villagers – Awayland
Savages – Silence Yourself
David Bowie – The Next Day
Disclosure – Settle
Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle
James Blake – Overgrown
Arctic Monkeys – AM

Foals, Savages, Disclosure, Laura Marling, James Blake, and Arctic Monkeys are all pretty safe bets, but the beauty of the Mercury Prize is that you can never tell who’s going to win. (Remember that time Speech Debelle won? Who is Speech Debelle?) We’re rooting for Bowie, of course. [via Stereogum]