12 records that, if we ruled the world, would be on the Mercury Music Prize shortlist

Our picks from 12 months of great releases, drop your thoughts, suggestions and insults in the comments.


Words by: Charlie Jones

  1. Actress ‘Splazsh’ [Honest Jons]
  2. A Grave With No Name ‘Mountain Debris’ [No Pain In Pop]
  3. Foals ‘Total Life Forever’ [Transgressive]
  4. Four Tet ‘There Is Love In You’ [Domino]
  5. Hot Chip ‘One Life Stand’ [EMI]
  6. Ikonika ‘Contact, Love, Want Have’ [Hyperdub]
  7. Lone ‘Ecstasy & Friends’ [Werk]
  8. Male Bonding ‘Nothing Hurts’ [Sub Pop]
  9. Mystery Jets ‘Serotonin’ [Rough Trade]
  10. Walls ‘Walls’ [Kompakt]
  11. The Very Best ‘Warm Heart Of Africa’ [Moshi Moshi]
  12. The xx ‘xx’ [XL]