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


  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]