Published Sep 08, 2010In 2009, UK-based minimal pop outfit the XX rode a wave of hype surrounding their debut album, xx, and the buzz was well-deserved. Not only was the record considered Exclaim!'s seventh best of the year, it has now earned the XX the coveted Barclaycard Mercury Prize.
The annual British award is similar to the Polaris Music Prize, in that it is given to the best album of the year, as determined by industry experts, rather than sales. Other nominees for the 2010 Mercury Prize included Dizzee Rascal, Foals, Paul Weller, Wild Beasts and Mumford & Sons. Last year, the award was given to Speech Debelle.
The XX were awarded £20,000 (about $32,000) at the Mercury ceremony yesterday (September 7). The band continue their endless world tour with a run of North American shows this month, including Canadian stops at Toronto's Massey Hall on September 29 and Montreal's Place des Arts Maissoneuve on October 1. All dates can be viewed here.