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Jamie xx favourite to win this year’s Mercury Prize

The current DIY cover star released ‘In Colour’ earlier this week, and is bookies’ favourite to win the prestigious music prize.

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Current DIY cover star Jamie xx has emerged as the early favourite to win this year’s Mercury Prize. In odds given by bookies Ladbrokes, Jamie xx’s new album ‘In Colour’ - which he released earlier this week - is the outright favourite with odds of 5/1.

Blur’s new record ‘The Magic Whip’ isn’t far behind at 10/1, closely followed by Wolf Alice’s forthcoming debut ‘My Love Is Cool’ at 16/1. With the same odds is Laura Marling, who has been shortlisted for the prestigious music prize three times already. Last year’s winners Young Fathers have odds of 20/1.

Fairing less well, but included nonetheless, are One Direction, who have a 100/1 chance of scooping the prize, apparently. Some favourites are:

Jamie xx - In Colour 5/1
Blur - The Magic Whip 10/1
Hot Chip - Why Make Sense? 16/1
Florence and the Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful 16/1
Stornoway - Bonxie 16/1
Laura Marling - Short Movie 16/1
Everything Everything - Get to Heaven 16/1
Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool 16/1
Krept & Konan - The Long Way Home 16/1
Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers 16/1
Paul Weller - Saturn’s Pattern 20/1
Django Django - Born Under Saturn 20/1
James Bay - Chaos and the Calm 20/1
Savages - TBC 20/1
Marina & the Diamonds - Froot 20/1
Nadine Shah - Fast Food 20/1
Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too 20/1

For the full list of early Mercury favourites, head here. Read the DIY interview with Jamie xx here, and listen to ‘Loud Places’ below.

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