King Creosote reveals reaction to (almost) perfect Mercury Music Prize news

The sole Scottish nominee for this year’s Mercury Music Prize thanks Diamond Mine, to his album with Jon Hopkins, King Creosote has talked to STV about how the pair received the news.

Fife’s King Creosote (aka KC aka Kenny Anderson) was amongst those announced yesterday as on the shortlist for the coveted British music industry prize, including Adele, PJ Harvey, Everything Everything, Tinie Tempah and Elbow.

Speaking from foreign shores, Anderson told STV: “"We woke up in Fremont, Indiana, to this incredible piece of news, precisely six hours after every other f***er on the planet knew about it.

“The Fifer in me thinks: ‘If only the US phone billing system had a Mercury discount in place, today would be perfect’. Jon's thoroughly chuffed (with his US phone)."

On a more philosophical note, he added: “As Jon and I row the canoe of our success into Mercurial waters, it is hard to find the appropriate words without sounding like a right pair of cox."

Featuring lyrics and vocals from lauded KC sung over musical backdrops arranged and recorded by Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine has been described as a genuine labour of love, recorded over a number of years without any pressure from deadlines. It consists of “newly interpreted obscure delights” picked out from 20 years of KC’s back catalogue.

King Creosote and Jon Hopkins are also touring later in the year, performing live in concert at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry on Wednesday September 7. (For ticketing information visit

KC is also responsible for acclaimed Fife-based label Fence Records, and recently appeared on Live with Jools Holland with Scottish super-group The Burns Unit of which he’s a member. (Read our review of The Burns Unit at Celtic Connections in January.)

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