The former Blackheath student’s eponymous album goes up against the likes of Florence And The Machine and Jamie XX.
She’ll find out the result on Friday, November 20, when the winner will be announced as the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House in London, hosted by Lauren Laverne and broadcast live on BBC Four and 6Music.
So which albums and artists are in contention?
- Aphex Twin: Syro
- Benjamin Clementine: At Least For Now
- C Duncan: Architect
- Eska: Eska
- Florence And The Machine: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
- Gaz Coombes: Matador
- Ghostpoet Shedding Skin
- Jamie XX: In Colour
- Róisín Murphy: Hairless Toys
- Slaves: Are You Satisfied?
- Soak: Before We Forgot How To Dream
- Wolf Alice: My Love Is Cool
Who are the leading contenders?
- Jamie XX: 12/5
- Ghostpoet: 11/2
- Wolf Alice 11/2
What does the chairman of judges say:
“This year’s Mercury Prize shortlist includes seven debut albums and it celebrates artists from every stage of their careers. These musicians come from a fascinating variety of musical places, cultures and histories. What they have in common is the ambition and the craft, the ideas and the imagination to make great music!”
What does Eska say:
“I’m feeling a little bit ill - butterflies and things. You hope for (something like) this, but you can’t expect these things. It’s really overwhelming and a wonderful acknowledgement to receive this.”
Who are the judges?
The panel usually includes musicians, music journalists, music presenters, music producers, composers and festival organisers.
- Simon Frith: Professor of Music, Edinburgh University
- Anna Calvi: Musician and songwriter
- Corinne Bailey Rae: Musician and songwriter
- Elisa Bray: Music editor, The Independent
- Greg Cochrane: Editor, NME.com
- John Kennedy: Presenter, X-Posure, Xfm
- Kat Morris: Festival director, The Great Escape
- Kate Mossman: Arts editor, New Statesman
- MistaJam: DJ and broadcaster
- Mike Flynn: Deputy editor Jazzwise
- Nick Luscombe: DJ and broadcaster
- Nick Mulvey: Musician and songwriter