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Mercury Prize Nominations - Clash Music

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Rory Connolly Rory Connolly | 09:25 UK time, Friday, 17 July 2009

The good people at Clash Music have also had there thinking caps on in the run up to Tuesday's big announcement of the Mercury Prize's albums of the year. clash.jpgMike Diver has gone on tour around Clash towers to tap the informed minds of their editorial team and come up with some interesting results.

Again the wave of support for indie electro garners weight as the "head spinning mix of percussively punchy tracks, part indie-rock and part salsa party" of Friendly Fires self-titled debut joins the cross-audience appeal of Metronomy's Nights Out and Fantasy Black Channel by Late Of The Pier in proving "that the youth of this country could craft remarkably individual records that stand completely separate of movements in both music and fashion".

Clash Music also call for the Mercury Prize panel to celebrate the "individuality, experimentation and creativity" of Micachu And The Shapes on Jewellery and the 80s embracing Golden Silvers, whose True Romance debut "swaggers to a perfectly pitched pop beat entirely of its own design".

Also making the shortlist is the "strong blend of soul and indie, mixed with unashamed flourishes of future funk" from London trio The Invisible, and the collision of punk, kraut, scorched soul and confrontational combat-rock from an album by The Horrors which "still impresses" dozens of plays on.

At which point the Clash Music shortlist gets a little more shouty. Clash find is difficult to think of a more fun British album released in 2009 than fight pop group Dananananaykroyd's Hey Everyone!, while in the "arresting listen" of Grey Britain, hardcore band Gallows have created an album "audacious of conceptual design, and predictably brutal of execution."

Read Clash Music's full article here

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