Hot Chip, FFS, Marc Almond among early contenders for Mercury Music Prize.

Hot Chip, Marc Almond and Franz Ferdinand/Sparks supergroup FFS are among the early contenders for this year’s Mercury Music Prize, according to bookmakers Ladbrokes.
Jamie XX’s debut solo album In Colours is the early 4/1 favourite with the bookmakers, followed by Everything Everything’s third album Get To Heaven at 7/1. Hot Chip’s recent sixth album Why Make Sense? is a 16/1 contender, with FFS’ self-titled debut at 25/1 and Almond’s first album for five years, The Velvet Trail, at 33/1. Florence And The Machine’s third album So Big So Blue So Beautiful is 10/1 joint third-favourite, ahead of Blur’s comeback album The Magic Whip at 12/1.

The official 12-strong shortlist for the prize will be announced on October 16 and the winner revealed on November 20. The ceremony will be shown live on the BBC, who have won the rights back after Channel 4 broadcast the final for the past two years.
Labrokes’ full named odds are below:

Jamie XX (4/1)
Everything Everything (7/1)
Florence And The Machine, Wolf Alice (10/1)
Blur, Nadine Shah (12/1)
Drenge, Hot Chip, Paul Weller, Stornoway, Young Fathers (16/1)
Andy Stott, East India Youth, Hudson Mohawke, James Bay, Krept & Konan, Laura Marling, Savages, The Vaccines (20/1)
Django Django, Dutch Uncles, FFS, Little Boots, Marina And The Diamonds, Muse, Richard Dawson, Slaves, Sleaford Mods, SOAK, Swim Deep (25/1)
Belle & Sebastian, Du Blonde, Frank Turner, Gaz Coombes, Julio Bashmore, Marc Almond, Peace, Public Service Broadcasting, The Cribs (33/1)
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (50/1)
Mumford And Sons (66/1)


Photographs From Steve Gullick