The Complete Mercurys

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P J Harvey - Let England Shake2012011320120114

A celebration of PJ Harvey's 2011 Mercury Prize-winning album, Let England Shake.

6 Music's look back at the 2011 Mercury Prize concludes with an exploration of the winning album, PJ Harvey's Let England Shake. Sinead Garvan guides us through every track on the acclaimed album - including extracts of a rare interview Polly Harvey gave to 6 Music's Steve Lamacq

2001Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys20120108

The Complete Mercurys continues with Elbow on their album Build a Rocket Boys.

Continuing a look back at the 2001 Mercury Prize nominations, Elbow discuss their album Build A Rocket Boys track by track.

20102010 Highlights20110720

from all twelve 2010 nominated albums, presented by the artists themselves.

from all twelve 2010 Mercury nominated albums presented by the artists themselves - I Am Kloot, Foals, The XX, Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons, Kit Downs Trio, Biffy Clyro, Dizzee Rascal, Corinne Bailey Rae, Wild Beasts, Villagers and Paul Weller.

Highlights from all twelve 2010 nominated albums, presented by the artists themselves.

2010Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions2010082720101217
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Biffy Clyro present tracks from their Mercury-nominated album Only Revolutions.

Biffy Clyro present tracks from their Mercury 2010 nominated album Only Revolutions.

Biffy Clyro are brothers James and Ben Johnson from Ayrshire.

This is their fifth album and was recorded with Garth Richardson who also produced Rage Against The Machine and Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

The album includes the top 10 singles Mountains and That Golden Rule.

The band present tracks from their Mercury nominated album 'Only Revolutions'.

2010Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea2010090120101220
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Corinne Bailey Rae presents tracks from her Mercury-nominated album The Sea.

Corinne Bailey Rae presents tracks from her Mercury 2010 nominated album The Sea.

It was her second album and was recorded in Leeds, Manchester and Los Angeles.

Released in February 2010, it became a top 10 album in both the UK and US and it features the singles Paris Nights / New York Mornings and I'd Do It All Again.

This is Corinne's second album and was recorded in her home town of Leeds, Manchester and Los Angeles.

Released in February this year it has been a top 10 album in both the UK and US, it features the singles 'Paris Nights/New York Mornings' and 'I'd Do It All Again'.

2010Dizzee Rascal - Tongue N' Cheek2010090620101223
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6 Music looks at Dizzee Rascal's 2010 Mercury nominated album Tongue N Cheek.

It's Dizzee's fourth album and released on his own label, Dirtee Stank recordings.

The platinum selling album, produced by Cage, features the number one singles Dance Wiv Me, Holiday and Bonkers.

Dizzee Rascal is no stranger to the Mecurys as he won the Mercury Music Prize in 2003 for his debut album Boy In Da Corner.

6 Music looks at Dizzee Rascal's Mercury-nominated fourth album Tongue N' Cheek.

6 Music looks at Dizzee Rascal's Mercury nominated album 'Tongue N Cheek'.

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6 Music guides you through an in-depth look at all twelve of the year's Mercury nominees.

6Music guides you through an in depth look at all twelve of this year's Mercury nominees.

Featuring songs and interviews with each of the artists.

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6MEverything Everything On Their Album Man Alive.2011081920120106

Everything Everything guide 6 Music through their debut album Man Alive.

Looking back at the 2011 Mercury Prize nominations, Everything Everything discuss their debut album Man Alive.

The innovative Manchester band released Man Alive back in August of 2010, garnering positive reviews from the press and big crowds to their tours. The four-piece band formed in 2007, the members having gravitated to Manchester from all over the UK. Two years later, they were featured in the BBC Sound Of 2010 poll. Here's another chance to hear them discussing their album track by track and looking back on how the songs came about.

The Complete Mercurys series continues with Everything Everything guiding 6Music through their debut album Man Alive.

The innovative Manchester band released Man Alive back in August of 2010, instantly drawing great reviews from the music press and big crowds to their tours.

The four piece band formed in 2007, the members having gravitated to Manchester from all over the UK.

Two years later, they were featured in BBC Sound Of 2010 poll.

Tonight, they guide 6Music through the alive track by track and look back on how these songs came into existence.

6MFoals - Total Life Forever2010082520101215
20110710 (6M)

Foals present tracks from their Mercury-nominated album Total Life Forever.

The band present tracks from their Mercury 2010 nominated album 'Total Life Forever'.

The Oxford-based five-piece is fronted by Yannis Philippakis.

This is the band's second album and was produced in Gothenburg and London by Clor's Luke Smith.

The album was released in May this year and includes the singles 'Miami' and The Orient'.

The band present tracks from their Mercury nominated album 'Total Life Forever'.

6MGhostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam20120109

Looking back at the 2011 Mercury Prize nominations - Ghostpoet discusses his album Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam.

6MGwilym Simcock - Good Days At Schloss Elmau2011081820120104
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Mercury Prize retrospective - Gwilym Simcock discusses Good Days At Schloss Elmau.

Continuing a look back at the 2011 Mercury Prize nominations, Gwilym Simcock discusses his album Good Days At Schloss Elmau.

Hailing from Bangor in Wales, the classical jazz artist has been composing and producing well-received pieces for the last decade - a journey that led to a nomination for the 2011 Mercury Music Prize.

The Complete Mercurys continues with Gwilym Simcock guiding 6Music through the tracks on his Mercury Prize nominated album Good Days at Schloss Elmau.

Hailing from Bangor in Wales, the classical jazz artist has been composing and producing well received pieces of work for the last decade - a journey that has culminated with a nomination in this year's Mercury Prize.

Tonight he takes us through that very album track by track.

Gwilym Simcock talks about his Mercury-nominated LP Good Days At Schloss Elmau.

6MI Am Kloot - Sky At Night2010082320101213
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I Am Kloot introduce tracks from their Mercury-nominated album Sky At Night.

I Am Kloot introduce tracks from their 2010 Mercury nominated album 'Sky At Night'.

Formed in Manchester in 99, I Am Kloot are Peter Jobson, Andy Hargreaves and song writer John Bramwell.

'Sky At Night' is the band's fifth studio album and was released in July 2010.

It was produced by Guy Garvey and Craig Potter of Elbow and recorded in Manchester.

The band introduce tracks from their Mercury nominated album 'Sky At Night'.

Formed in Manchester in 1999, I Am Kloot are Peter Jobson, Andy Hargreaves and song writer John Bramwell.

'Sky At Night' is the band's fifth studio album and was released in July this year.

6MJames Blake - James Blake20120111

The Complete Mercurys continues with James Blake on his self-titled debut album.

Continuing a look back at the 2011 Mercury Prize nominees, James Blake discusses his self-titled debut album.

6MKaty B - On A Mission20120110

The Complete Mercurys continues with Katy B on her album On a Mission.

Continuing a look back at the 2011 Mercury Prize nominees, Katy B discusses her album On A Mission.

6MKing Creosote And Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine20120103

A look at the 2011 Mercury nominations: Diamond Mine by King Creosote and Jon Hopkins.

Looking back at the 2001 Mercury Prize nominees - King Creosote and Jon Hopkins discuss their album Diamond Mine.

Released in March 2011, Diamond Mine found Fife based singer/songwriter King Creosote teaming up with acclaimed producer and composer Jon Hopkins to produce an album rich with nostalgia and melody. Diamond Mine was inspired by King Creosote's life in Fife and also includes many sounds recorded in the area.

The duo explain how, where and why the album was made.

6MKit Downes Trio - Golden2010082420101214
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The Kit Downes Trio present tracks from their Mercury-nominated album Golden.

The Kit Downes Trio present tracks from their 2010 Mercury nominated album 'Golden'.

They are pianist Kit Downes, double bassist Calum Gourlay and drummer James Maddren.

Kit attended the Royal Academy of Music and has worked with a wide range of musicians including Micachu and Acoustic Ladyland.

'Golden' was the trio's debut album.

The trio present tracks from their Mercury nominated album 'Golden'.

The Kit Downes Trio are pianist Kit Downes, double bassist Calum Gourlay and drummer James Maddren.

'Golden' is the trio's debut album.

The Kit Downs Trio are pianist, Kit Downes, double bassist Calum Gourlay and drummer James Maddren.

Kit attended the Royal Academy of Music and has worked with a wide range of musicians inclsuing Micachu and Aciustic Landlady.

6MLaura Marling - I Speak Because I Can2010090320101222
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6 Music looks at Laura Marling's Mercury-nominated album I Speak Because I Can.

6 Music looks back at Laura Marling's 2010 Mercury nominated album I Speak Because I Can.

It's her second album and was recorded in part at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios with producer Ethan Jones.

The top five album includes the singles Goodbye England (Covered In Snow), Devil's Spoke and Rambling Man.

6MMetronomy - The English Riviera.20120107

Continuing a look back at 2011's nominations, Metronomy discuss The English Riviera.

Continuing a look back at 2011's Mercury Prize nominations - Metronomy discuss their album The English Riviera.

6MMumford And Sons - Sigh No More2010090220101221
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Mumford and Sons present tracks from their Mercury nominated album Sigh No More.

The band present tracks from their 2010 Mercury nominated album Sigh No More - their debut album, produced by Markus Dravas who has also worked with Arcade Fire, Bjork & Coldplay.

It features the singles Little Lion Man and Winter Winds.

The band present tracks from their Mercury nominated album 'Sigh No More'.

It's the band's debut album.

The four-piece from West London have sold over half a million albums to date.

It's produced by Markus Dravas who has also worked with Arcade Fire, Bjork and Coldplay.

The album features the singles 'Little Lion Man' and 'Winter Winds'.

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A chance to hear highlights from all 12 of the Mercury-nominated albums.

A chance to hear highlights from all 12 of the Mercury nominated albums presented by the artists involved including 'I Am Kloot', 'Foals', 'The XX', 'Laura Marling', 'Mumford & Sons', 'Kit Downs Trio', 'Biffy Clyro', 'Dizzee Rascal', Corinne Bailey Rae', 'Wild Beasts', 'Villagers' and 'Paul Weller'.

6MPaul Weller - Wake Up The Nation2010083120110714
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Paul Weller presents tracks from his Mercury-nominated album Wake Up The Nation.

Paul presents tracks from his Mercury nominated album Wake Up The Nation.

This is Paul's tenth solo album and was released in April this year.

The record features My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields and marked the first time Paul worked with former Jam bassist Bruce Foxton since the band split.

The record features My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields and marks the first time Paul has worked with former Jam band member Bruce Foxton.

6MThe Best Of The Complete Mercurys20101225

A chance to hear highlights from all 12 of the Mercury-nominated albums.

A chance to hear highlights from all 12 of the Mercury nominated albums presented by the artists involved including 'I Am Kloot', 'Foals', 'The XX', 'Laura Marling', 'Mumford and Sons', 'Kit Downs Trio', 'Biffy Clyro', 'Dizzee Rascal', Corinne Bailey Rae', 'Wild Beasts', 'Villagers' and 'Paul Weller'.

6MThe Xx - Xx2010090720101224
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6 Music takes a look the band's Mercury-nominated self-titled debut album.

6 Music takes a look at The XX's 2010 Mercury nominated album XX.

The XX are Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith.

Their debut album XX was released in August 2009 and recorded at XL Recordings' in house studio.

The album features the singles Crystalised, VCR, Basic Space and Islands.

6 Music takes a look at the band's Mercury nominated album 'xx'.

Their debut album 'xx' was released in August 2009 and recorded at XL Recording in house studio.

The album, which has already gone gold, features the singles 'Crystalised', 'VCR', 'Basic Space' and 'Islands'.

6MVillagers - Becoming A Jackal2010082620101216
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The band present tracks from their Mercury 2010 nominated album 'Becoming a Jackal'.

Conor O'Brien grew up in Dun Laoghaire on the outskirts of Dublin.

'Becoming a Jackal' was his debut album.

It was released in May 2010 and he played most of the instruments on the album himself as well as creating the artwork.

Villagers present tracks from their Mercury-nominated album Becoming A Jackal.

The band present tracks from their Mercury nominated album 'Becoming a Jackal'.

'Becoming a Jackel' is his debut album.

It was released in May this year and he played most of the instruments on the album himself as well as creating the artwork.

6MWild Beasts - Two Dancers20100830

The band present tracks from their Mercury nominated album 'Two Dancers'.

Originally from Kendal the Wild Beasts are Tom Flemming, Benny Little, Chris Talbot and Hayden Thorpe.

This is the band's second album and was co-produced by Richard Formby.

It was released in August 2009 and contains the singles 'Hooting & Howling' and 'All the King's Men'.

Wild Beasts present tracks from their Mercury-nominated album Two Dancers.

The band present tracks from their Mercury nominated album 'Two Dancers' Originally from Kendal the Wild Beasts are Tom Flemming, Benny Little, Chris Talbot and Hayden Thorpe.

6MWild Beasts - Two Dancers20101218

Wild Beasts present tracks from their Mercury-nominated album Two Dancers.

The band present tracks from their Mercury nominated album 'Two Dancers'.

Originally from Kendal the Wild Beasts are Tom Flemming, Benny Little, Chris Talbot and Hayden Thorpe.

This is the band's second album and was co-produced by Richard Formby.

It was released in August 2009 and contains the singles 'Hooting & Howling' and 'All the King's Men'.

6MWild Beasts - Two Dancers20110713

Wild Beasts present tracks from their Mercury-nominated album Two Dancers.

The band present tracks from their Mercury 2010 nominated album Two Dancers.

Originally from Kendal the Wild Beasts are Tom Flemming, Benny Little, Chris Talbot and Hayden Thorpe.

This is the band's second album and was co-produced by Richard Formby.

It was released in August 2009 and contains the singles Hooting & Howling and All the King's Men.

6MWritten In The Stars: The Story Of Tinie Tempah20120112

The Complete Mercurys continues with the story of nominated artist Tinie Tempah.

Continuing a look back at the 2011 Mercury Prize nominees with the story of Tinie Tempah.

Written In The Stars: The Story Of Tinie Tempah sees Gemma Cairney dig a little deeper into the story of the man behind the breakout song of 2010; focusing on his childhood, his early attempts to make it in music, the making of 'Pass Out' and 'Disc-Overy' and how Tinie feels about his sudden fame and new-found role as an inspiration to kids around the country.

The documentary includes exclusive interviews with Tinie himself, his cousin/manager Dumi, collaborator Ellie Goulding and industry experts Zane Lowe, Trevor Nelson and Gordon Smart.

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6M02Golden20100913
6M03Total Life Forever20100920
6M04Villagers - Becoming A Jackal20100927
6M05Only Revolutions20101004
6M06Wild Beasts - Two Dancers20101011
6M07Wake Up The Nation20101018
6M08The Sea20101025
6M09Sigh No More20101101
6M10I Speak Because I Can20101108