This week saw James Blake win the Mercury Prize at the Barclaycard Mercury Awards with his album Overgrown. The award ceremony took place at the Roundhouse in north London, where the top 12 albums of the year battled it out to win the prestigious prize. Blake, who was labelled an outsider by bookies with 25/1 odds, beat the likes of David Bowie and the Arctic Monkeys to gain the award and the £20,000 prize money. At 25 this was his second nomination for the award, his first being for his self-titled album in 2011. Blake studied popular music at Goldsmiths University, being a classically trained pianist he composes electronic music for a sound that was described by the judges as “inventive, poetic and poignant.”
There was a performance from each of the twelve nominees, except David Bowie and Laura Marling who did not attend. Bowie did however premier his new video that was made for a total of £8 in his New York offices. Others to be nominated were bookies favourite Laura Mvula, Nottingham teen Jake Bugg, dance artists Disclosure and Rudimental and folk band The Villagers. Watch the first single Retrograde from the award winning album Overgrown below.