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Hip-hop group Young Fathers win the 2014 Mercury Prize

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Scottish hip-hop band Young Fathers are the winners of the 2014 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, an annual award for the best album from a British artist. Considering the collective reaction to the win can be summarized as “Who?”, it’s safe to call this a dark-horse victory. The band bypassed several favored nominees—Blur frontman Damon Albarn, critical darling Bombay Bicycle Club, the much-buzzed-about FKA twigs—to claim the prize with its major label debut, Dead.

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This is the 23rd year the Mercury Prize has been awarded, and much like the Best New Artist Grammy, it’s been a bit hit-or-miss about choosing artists with bright futures. Some winners go on to break through in a big way; some continue on in a modest vein, releasing a respectable discography; and some aren’t really heard from much afterward. Prior to its big win, Dead had sold a mere 2,386 units in the UK. So here’s hoping the win leads to a spike in interest in the group, which describes its music as “experimental psychedelic hip-hop.”

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