Sampha wins 2017 Mercury Prize
British musician Sampha has won the 2017 Mercury Prize for his debut album Process, beating out albums from some pretty big names such as The xx, alt-j and Glass Animals, as well as fellow former Double J Feature Album, Kate Tempest’s Let Them Eat Chaos.
The Mercury Prize, which is now in its 26th year, is awarded to the best British album of the year, judged by an independent panel of experts.
We’ve been big fans of Sampha’s album since its release, but the Londoner’s talent was evident well before, having featured on songs by SBTRKT, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Drake and Frank Ocean, to name a few.
"I feel like I'm dreaming!" the singer said as he received the award, and a handy £25,000, before thanking his parents for "the best upbringing possible".
With past winners including PJ Harvey (twice), Primal Scream, Portishead, Elbow and Pulp, Sampha has cemented himself as one of Britain’s great contemporary musicians.
Sampha was in Australia earlier this year for a string of sold out club shows that proved he is just as big a force on the live stage as he is on record. Here’s hoping we get to see him again soon before too long.
2017 Mercury Prize finalists:
alt-j – Relaxer
Blossoms – Blossoms
Dinosaur – Together, As One
Ed Sheeran – ÷
Glass Animals – How to Be a Human Being
J Hus – Common Sense
Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone
Sampha – Process (winner)
Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer
The Big Moon – Love in the 4th Dimension
The xx – I See You