Mercury Prize ‘Best Album’ Nominees – Mastered by John Davis
FKA twigs – LP1
FKA twigs is 26 year old South-London based Tahliah Barnett. The dancer turned singer, songwriter and producer, was brought up in Gloucestershire. ‘LP1’, her debut album, includes contributions from Paul Epworth, Sampha and Dev Hynes and was released by Young Turks in August 2014. It features the singles ‘Two Weeks’ and ‘Pendulum’.
“Twigs is a total star and her music sounds like it’s beamed in from the future.”
John Davis – Metropolis Mastering Engineer on FKA twigs
The #1 Self-Titled Album from Royal Blood – Royal Blood
Royal Blood are Brighton based Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher. The duo’s self-titled debut album was released in August 2014 on Black Mammoth / Warner Bros Records. Recorded in London, Wiltshire and Monmouth, it includes the singles Out of the Black, Come on Over and Figure it Out.
“I knew Royal Blood were going to be big after doing two tracks for them last July. Their riffs are absolutely monstrous!”
John Davis – Metropolis Mastering Engineer on Royal Blood
Metropolis Mastering Engineer John Davis
In a career spanning three decades, Metropolis Mastering Engineer John Davis has had the opportunity to master the works of the world’s most recognised artists. The likes of Lana Del Rey, Florence and The Machine, Plan B, U2, The Prodigy, Jimmy Page and many more have all sought John’s expertise. It was undoubtedly his attention to detail and a desire to create a unique sound for each artist that drew both FKA twigs and Royal Blood to seek out John at Metropolis Studios.
Metropolis’ Long History With Mercury Music Prize
The best always attracts the best. Metropolis Studios have worked with four previous Mercury Award Winners – Elbow (2008), Franz Ferdinand (2004), Roni Size (1997) and Pulp (1994) – not to mention countless nominees, including; FKA Twigs, Royal Blood, Massive Attack, Oasis, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Manic Street Preachers, The Prodigy, Richard Ashcroft, Nitin Sawhney, Jessie Ware, Rudimental and Disclosure…and breathe.
About the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize
The Barclaycard Mercury Prize promotes the best of UK and Irish music as well as the artists who produce it. This is done primarily through the celebration of the 12 Albums of the Year.
The main objectives of the prize is to provide a snapshot of the year in music, to encourage debate and discussion about music, and to help introduce new albums from a variety of musical genres to a wider audience
All shortlisted artists (as well as the winner) were chosen by an independent panel of judges based on the quality of their music and receive a specially commissioned bronze Album of the Year trophy. The winner also received a cheque for £20,000. More significantly, the Prize can ignite public awareness of the winning album and increase the profiles of the shortlisted artists.
Once again, Metropolis Studios would like to congratulate John Davis for his work on two of 2014’s Mercury Prize Best Album nominees; FKA Twigs and Royal Blood and are already looking forward to 2015’s shortlist.
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