In the run up to the Mercury Prize ceremony on Tuesday 6 September we are taking an in depth look at each of the albums with the artists themselves.
Every night from midnight, from Monday evenings to Friday mornings on 6 Music, in the weeks leading up to the event, you can hear an hour long programme narrated by each of the 12 nominees talking about their record, track by track.
The first installment featured King Creosote and Jon Hopkins discussing Diamond Mine.
It went out in the early hours of Tuesday 16 August and you can listen to the full programme on the Complete Mercurys page.
Here's an extract:
From Midnight on Tuesday 16 August it was the turn of Anna Calvi, whose odds have increased since the nominations.
She is currently the second favourite after PJ Harvey and interestingly, she worked with Polly's long term collaborator Rob Ellis on her self-titled debut.
In this taster of the full programme, hear Anna Calvi talking about the making and inspiration behind some of the tracks on her record:
Next it was the turn of jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock and his album Good Days at Schloss Elmau - which is a ski resort in the Bavarian Alps.
There is always at least one classical or jazz album nominated but they are yet to win the prize....could this be his year? Here he is talking us through some of the tracks on his record:
And to round off week one of the Complete Mercurys it was the turn of Everything Everything, who have recently revealed to 6 Music News they have already started work on their second album.
Their first effort Man Alive is up for the prize and you can hear from them below talking us through some of the tracks on their debut:
You can listen again to all of the programmes once they have been broadcast here on the Complete Mercurys page.
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