Young Fathers win the 2014 Mercury Music Prize
Edinburgh-based alternative hip hop outfit Young Fathers have claimed the 2014 Mercury Music Prize at tonight's award ceremony, held in London's Roundhouse, for their full-length debut LP, Dead.
FKA Twigs and Kate Tempest had been among the bookies' favourites to take home this year's prize, with the eventual winners deemed relative outsiders by the bookmakers, offering odds of 12/1 on the trio bagging the 2014 award. But, if we've learned anything from the Mercury Prize over the last decade or so, it's this: expect the unexpected.
Royal Blood and Jungle had also been reckoned to be in with a shout with their debuts, but in the end Young Fathers' inventive brand of what they themselves describe as “psychedelic hip hop” won over the panel of judges.
Dead has been well-received by critics since its release earlier this year though, and even against an impressive shortlist of nominees, the album has a genuine originality that makes it as worthy a winner as any.
Check out one of the tracks from Dead below...