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PRO SOUND AWARDS 2014: It’s 1975 all over again for best production

The 1975, Paloma Faith, John Newman and Arcade Fire are in the running.

The 1975’s eponymous début album is one of four recordings competing for the Best Recording Production gong at the 2014 Pro Sound Awards.

Co-produced by Mike Crossey of Gotham Producers and The 1975 (pictured) at the Motor Museum studio, Liverpool, mixed by Crossey in Livingston Studio 1, engineered by Mike Spink and mastered by Robin Schmidt at 24-96 Mastering, The 1975 was critically lauded on its release in September 2013, described by Clash magazine’s Simon Butcher as “a great pop record with plenty of depth” and Ashley Clements at Gigwise as “quite possibly the best indie LP of the year”. Crossey is also nominated for the studio Engineer of the Year award.

Love Me Again, the lead single from British soul singer John Newman’s first album, Tribute, was produced and co-written with Newman by Steve Booker and co-produced by Mike Spencer. The single reached reached the top 10 Europe-wide (and Nº1 in the UK and Greece), and was a finalist in the 59th Ivor Novello Awards in the Best Song Musically and Lyrically category.

Also in the running are Arcade Fire’s fourth studio album, Reflektor – produced by the band with James Murphy and Markus Dravs; mixed by Arcade Fire, Craig Silvey and Mark Lawson; and mastered by Ted Jensen – and A Perfect Contradiction, the third long-player by Paloma Faith, produced by Pharrell Williams, Mr Hudson et al., mixed by Mike Larson, Manny Marroquin and Dan Parry and mastered by John Davis at Metropolis.

Who’s your money on?