Tonight will see the presentation of the Mercury Prize at Camden’s Roundhouse, live on Channel 4. With nominated albums from Jessie Ware, The Maccabees, Michael Kiwanuka, and favourites, Alt-J, it’s a pretty tough call. Despite the talent in the field, my choice would be practically instantaneous. Plan B’s soundtrack album, “ill Manors“, is by far my favourite album of year, and I think the awarding of the Mercury Prize would rubber-stamp it. An album so raw and meaningful, but still consisting of terrific production and flawless lyrics from Ben Drew. An album with a message, and I mean a proper message, is so very rare now – but mainly because the artists don’t need to put one across. Which is why Ben is so unique in standing up to what he sees as immoral and unjust. Anyway, I’ll stop preaching now. Good luck for tonight though, Ben!
“Playing With Fire” is the next single to be taken from the album. As you can see below, the video contains, unsurprisingly, a lot of fire. With cuts of the film inserted too aid understanding of the story Ben describes, it really makes for a compelling watch. As always great work from Lab and Etta on the feature!