In an interview with Zane Lowe, 2007 Mercury Prize winners The Klaxons finally said what everyone is thinking, stating that The XX are the obvious favorites to win the Prize this year. “Effortlessly cool” is how Jamie Reynolds describes everyone favorite gothic rockabillys. It’s hard to disagree.
(They talk about it roughly two minutes into this clip.)
The Klaxon’s follow-up to the Mercury Prize winning Myths of the Near Future, the equally fantastical Surfing the Void, is out next week in the UK.
Every year, the UK music industry takes the time to remind us how much cooler they are. So much cooler that they have their own popular awards show specifically for cool music. So while we spend our time awarding the likes of Jason Mzar, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift, the brits are honoring folks like Primal Scream (1992), Roni Size (1997), The Klaxons (2007) and even ultra-outsider Speech Debelle (2009). The 2010 nominees for the Mercury Prize were announced today. Here’s all the potential winners, along with some highly unscientific odds. …MORE
Klaxons have posted a new track up for streaming on their website. The song is reportedly from the group’s upcoming second album, which had to be partially re-recorded due to it’s experimental nature (according to The Sun). So how experimental is what we’re hearing now? “Flashover” might be a wee bit more shambolic than the tight indie sounds of 2007′s Mercury Prize winning Myths of the Near Future, but it’s hardly a sea change from the band’s previous efforts. Maybe we’ll get to hear the more out-there stuff as b-sides and iTunes bonus tracks.