Our annual alternative to The Hyundai Mercury Prize is here, and this year you get to pick the winner: VOTE HERE.
There were so many 'but what about' and 'no, wait, you HAVE TO include' arguments from our team, that we decided to extend the list to break with Mercury tradition and feature 20 albums.
The Neptune Music Prize nominees are album releases by exceptional British & Irish musicians. They were released in the time period to be eligible for this year's prize (August 2015 - July 2016). Once again we excluded anyone who was featured on the Mercury shortlist.
The whole idea of this prize is to shine a light on some of the albums which either missed out on this year's Mercury Prize list, perhaps due to the fact they couldn't afford to enter, or possibly because they don't quite have the profile or infrastructure behind them. Or whatever.
Each of these albums is special to members of our team and offers a unique spin on the modern world. There's everything from modern classical to devil-punching hardcore to refreshing transitional releases from legendary acts.
The discovery of something you might have missed is the whole point of this 'list', so we hope that you take the time to explore or revisit as many of the nominees as possible before casting your vote.
2016 Neptune Prize
Anna Meredith - Varmints (Moshi Moshi)
The Anchoress - Confessions of a Romance Novelist (Kscope)
Black Peaks - Statues (Sony)
Fiona Brice - Postcards From... (Bella Union)
Darren Hayman - Thankful Villages (Rivertones)
Daughter - Not To Disappear (4AD/Glassnote)
Desert Mountain Tribe - Either That Or The Moon (Membran/Membran)
Floating Points - Elaenia (Beat)
Future of the Left - The Peace & Truce of Future of the Left (Remote Control)
Garbage - Strange Little Birds (Stunvolume)
The Kills - Ash & Ice (Domino)
Martha - Blisters In the Pit of My Heart (Fortuna Pop!/Dirtnap)
Meilyr Jones - 2013 (Moshi Moshi)
Melt Yourself Down - Last Evenings On Earth (The Leaf Label)
Muncie Girls - From Caplan to Belsize (Animal Style)
Pet Shop Boys - Super (x2/Kobalt)
PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project (Island/Vagrant)
Suede - Night Thoughts (Suede Ltd. / Warner)
Shura - Nothing's Real (Polydor/Interscope)
Three Trapped Tigers - Silent Earthling (Superball)
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