In this digital age, the album format is a major topic of cultural conversation. But despite carrying playlists in our pockets, there are those for whom the listening experience of an album is still unmatched. It's the attendees of album-listening parties, the full album gig-goers and vinyl collectors who are amongst those joining the Hyundai Mercury Prize In recognising and celebrating the art of the album format.
To explore how, in this climate, the album has remained beloved by many, we asked the artists behind the 'Albums of the Year' their opinions.
'Lost & Found' artist Jorja Smith, expressed that there's nothing wrong with artists making music for now, but she aimed to "make something classic, something that you'll play in ten years or twenty years, that you'll play to your kids". Nadine Shah, shortlisted for her album 'Holiday Destination', explained for her, creating an album was "like an art project… one coherent body of work".