Mercury Awards 2013

Jon Hopkins - Immunity

Jon Hopkins – Immunity

So, it’s the Mercury Awards 2013 and this time with no token Jazz presence. Perhaps not surprising after the Roller Trio blew all the tedious rock bands off stage.

Not surprisingly, there are still rock bands in this year’s Mercury Awards including the old reliable Arctic Monkeys who have admittedly recorded one or two decent singles but are best celebrated for their uncompromising attitude towards all the crap in the music industry. But it’s the presence of non-rock bands that attracts my attention.

Who’ll win this time? Probably the Arctic Monkeys or the Foals, but maybe Laura Mvula. Maybe even Disclosure, although out-and-out dance acts generally do about as well as jazz acts. My own favourites are James Blake with the remarkable Overgrown or Jon Hopkins with the equally impressive Immunity.

Even though I’m far from delighted that there is not even a small chance for a jazz victory, despite the exceptional records in the past year from Sons of Kemet and Quercus, at least the tedious and doggedly unimaginative rock guitar bands are in lesser numbers than earlier years.

And no Mumford and Sons (despite the inevitable presence of Jake Bugg and the veteran glam rocker David Bowie), so not all bad.

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