Posts Tagged ‘Mercury Prize’

For anyone without the luxury of 3G on their mobile, you will understand my frustration at Shazam‘s inability to work without internet connection. Whilst perusing the racks of bargain t-shirts in Topman today I heard this rather groovy track played overhead. Of course, due to the aforementioned technological inferiority of my mobile telephone I was unable to detect whom the artist was. Fortunately the lines “you thought you’d set the bar” and “cog in a machine” stuck fast in my mind.

Turns out the culprit is a Scottish four-piece bearing the exotic name Django Django. The double D apparently released their self-titled debut back in January, something I was previously oblivious to. Default (below) has gained them some notoriety, amassing over 800,000 YouTube hits. It’s no fluke either, these boys have their own brand of music and paint a colourful canvas of art-rockFurther tracks like Drumbeats and Life’s a Beach justify why The Guardian elected to award their debut 5 out of 5. 

Because Music records have the luxury of Django Django’s signature. The London & Paris-based independent label can also boast amongst their ranks synth supremos Metronomy, Justice and the highly individual individual Connan Mockasin!

Django Django will play Latitude and T in the Park festivals this summer. Check them, and double check them, on Soundcloud here.

Song of today comes courtesy of Conor J. O’Brien‘s Irish creation Villagers. Taken off their Mercury-nominated 2010 debut Becoming A JackalThat Day inspires an acoustic-folky sing-along similar in essence to Mumford & Sons. Enchanting, enlightening, emotional –  I’m a converted Jackal!


Conor’s cereal bowl haircut caused quite a stir on YouTube discussions, which inevitably dissolve into a fully-waged war of verbal volleying.

Villagers are signed to Domino Records, the same London-based label as Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand and The Kills, amongst others. One characteristic of the neighbourly fivesome is their ability to defy categorisation! Try finding their musical genre on their Wikipedia page. Search me.

Réalisé par Myles O’Reilly, regardez un autre clip pour la chanson The Pact (I’ll be Your Fever) ici. C’est ok Tweek?

Over on BBC interactive [red button] Elbow are playing an exclusive live session at Manchester Cathedral. Accompanied by the Hallé Youth Choir, the Mercury prize winners of 2008 are treating an intimate congregation to an eight-song serenade. 

Three songs in and lead singer Guy Garvey is already perspiring like a member of the St Paul’s clergy. Aptly the fresh-faced choir boys and girls join in proceedings on the soothing Lippy Kids, taken off their latest critically-acclaimed album Build a Rocket Boys!

Crowd-pleasing frontman - Elbow's Guy Garvey. Photo: MrsWoman @ Flickr

Cathedral venues always have an eerie, mystical property to them; a trait exploited by gospel-influenced alternative acts such as Arcade Fire

In between footage sees the Bury boys visit their local Temple Bar and the Soundhouse: scene of their triumphant debut gig witnessed by 355 individuals. 

Elbow are celebrating their 20th birthday this year, a stint that has spawned five terrific records – consistently awarded 9/10 by the NME.


Grounds For Divorce

The Night Will Always Win

Lippy Kids

Weather To Fly

Station Approach

Scattered Black and Whites

Open Arms

One Day Like This

Watch the concert highlights here: and see the BBC Radio 2 webpage for more clips.