The New Old

I’ve come a real sucker for cover versions lately, you may have seen my post on James Blake’s version of Sound of Silence. Well, it turns out Natalie Prass has taken a leaf of his book too. Check it out below along with some other interesting covers that have been floating around of late, including The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s cover of James’ classic Laid featuring vocals from Jen Goma –

The New Old

The Mercury Awards Have Landed

It’s just started on More4, get over there and watch it. Although More4 seem to be having some technical difficulties so far it has to be said. 2013’s nominees are as follow, enjoy the show…


1. Laura Mvula, Sing to the Moon
Who is she? Bookies’ favourite Mvula was working as a receptionist until her demo tracks were picked up by music managers. Born in Birmingham, Mvula is classically trained with a degree in composition from the Birmingham Conservatoire. Her debut album Sing to the Moon was release in March.

2. Disclosure, Settle
Who are they? Brother electronic music duo from Reigate, Surrey. Guy, 22 and Howard, 19, scored two consecutive top ten hit singles with “White Noise” and “You & Me” earlier this year. Their debut album Settle debuted at number one on the UK official album chart.

3. David Bowie, The Next Day
Who is he? The man needs no introduction. Bowie broke back onto the music scene this year with the surprise announcement of a new album, The Next Day. He cast Tilda Swinton in the ethereal video to his second single “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” from the album, which debuted at number one.

4. Foals, Holy Fire
Who are they? An indie math-rock band from Oxford, they released their third album Holy Fire in February, which reached number two in the album charts. The Foals played at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year and are currently on their world tour.

5. Arctic Monkeys, AM
Who are they? The indie-rock band that rose to fame in the mid noughties returned this year with their fifth number one album AM. The foursome from Sheffield made history to become the only independent group to have had five consecutive number one albums.

6. Laura Marling, Once I Was An Eagle
Who is she? A folk musician from Hampshire, who at just 23 has had four albums. Her newest album Once I Was An Eagle went to number three in the charts this year.

7. Jon Hopkins, Immunity
Who is he? An electronica and dance producer from south London, he has collaborated with Brian Eno, Imogen Heap, Coldplay and David Holmes. He was nominated for the Ivo Novello Award in 2011 and was previously nominated for the Mercury Prize for his album Diamond Mine in 2011.

8. James Blake, Overgrown
Who is he? A London-based electronic music producer and singer. He was previously nominated in 2011 for his debut album James Blake.

9. Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg
Who is he? A 19-year-old singer songwriter from Nottingham who started playing the guitar aged 12. He was nominated for British Breakthrough Act at this year’s Brit awards.

10. Rudimental, Home
Who are they? A British electronic music quartet from east London. Rudimental rose to prominence last year with their number one single “Feel the Love”. Their debut album, Home, reached number one earlier this year and stayed in the charts for 25 weeks.

11. Villagers, Awayland
Who are they? An indie folk band from Dublin. They were previously nominated for their 2010 album Becoming a Jackal, and have toured with a number of big names including Grizzly Bear, Tracy Chapman and Elbow.

12. Savages, Silence Yourself
Who are they? An all-girl post-punk revival rock band based in London. They formed in 2011 and their debut album, Silence Yourself, reached number 19 in the charts in May.

The Mercury Awards Have Landed