Dave beats Foals, The 1975, black midi and more to win Mercury Prize

Dave beats Foals, The 1975, black midi and more to win Mercury Prize

This year's Mercury Prize goes to Dave.

With his March debut album Psychodrama, the South London rapper won the most prestigious award in British music. Given that the Mercury Prize was established in 1992 to celebrate the best album by a British act, Dave's victory is especially significant – other contenders for the prize included The 1975FoalsLittle SimzNaoslowthaiAnna CalviIdles and others.

Psychodrama is an 11-track concept album split into three acts, chronicling a therapy session in which the protagonist confesses about how his rough circumstances are impacting his worldview and mental health. Since its arrival, the record has been widely celebrated across the critical press. The Guardian, for instance, hailed it, "the boldest and best British rap album in a generation".

Listen to it below and read our interview with the 2018 winners of the Mercury Prize, Wolf Alice, here.