Occasionally I put together a rather unwieldy set list which demands more time and attention than the average cooking session allows. These usually follow some theme or a particular strand that has been prompted by a tweet, an internet discovery or even a real nudge from a real person who has just found out I've never listened to their particular favourite and is demanding I explore further. I've already posted one behemoth of Sixties/Seventies pop in its pomp. From now on, I'll prepare you for these lengthier aural treats under the 'Overcooked' banner.
Here is an extended bit of listening which came out of reading this Gigwise article rating Mercury Prize winners. I won't bother reacting to the judgements made. The nature of the prize means that there is an annual outcry, with the protests over snubs given to much more deserving works equivalent to the number of amateur and professional critics who exist at the time (minus those who favour the winner, of course)... lots of fallout.
So here is the roster of winners with the 'also-rans' conveniently excised for you. All I've bothered to do is assemble and order the music from an already contentious list on your behalf. I still haven't given it my own fullest attention. Why not follow my example and dip in to whatever takes your fancy. Remind yourself of the ones you cheered along and shake your head in dismay as the undeserving efforts rear their horrible heads again.
Actually, in fairness, let us do the right thing and congratulate all the nominees before listening.
Ah, yes, I've added Benjamin Clementine who won in 2015, after the article went out. October and November this year will see the nominations and another winner declared.