The (Barclaycard) Mercury Prize 2013 – Blake, Disclosure and Hopkins

We seem to do a lot of 'run downs' here at OnTheBeat. Obviously this is due to a near unquenchable desire to keep people updated on what's going on in the music world and not because we know we can get more legs out of separating things into different, more specific blogs. Honest. Anyway, these [...]

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The (Barclaycard) Mercury Prize 2013 – Mvula, Marling and Rudimental

Three more albums under scrutiny today and it's 66.6(66666666)% Laura, now that's awfully close to being the Devil's number and I don't believe in coincidence, I smell a conspiracy! But wait, what? 666 isn't really the Devil's number? It's a number made up by the movie industry because the number derived from religious sources wasn't [...]

The (Barclaycard) Mercury Prize 2013 – Bowie, Bugg and Savages

Round two of the quick-fire Mercury should-it-win quiz is here, get your critical caps on and prepare to discern like you've never discerned before. If you've not got a previous discerning record to beat then browse thesaurus.com until you're fully satisfied with the synonym that suits you best. David Bowie - The Next Day This year's [...]

The (Barclaycard) Mercury Prize 2013 – Foals, Villagers and Arctic Monkeys.

The Mercury Prize is just around the corner, stick your neck out and you might even catch a glimpse of it in the distance. This of course means a few things: journalists will question the relevance of the prize; artists will question the relevance of the prize and the lay-folk will question the relevance of [...]