The xx win the Mercury Prize, for best British album of the year

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The xx win the Mercury Prize

Last year soulful indie newcomers The xx released one of the sexiest debut albums we've heard in a while. With their slinky synths and seductive vocals, the band garnered lots of accolades among critics. But now they've landed one of indie music's biggest honors, beating out Dizzee Rascal, Paul Weller, and Foals for the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize.

The Mercury Prize is awarded to the best British album of the year, as determined by a panel of industry folks. While choosing some questionable winners in the past (last year Speech DeBelle beat out Bat for Lashes) it's fair to say they got it right this time around. As winners, The xx receive bragging rights, good press —  oh, and  £20,000. When asked what they'd do with their winnings, the band said they might use it to build their own studio — a nice choice considering their self-titled debut was recorded in a basement the size of a bathroom.