The 12 records shortlisted for the 2015 Mercury Prize Album of the Year award have today been revealed.
The prestigious prize celebrates a year in UK music.
The shortlist, chosen from an entry of over 290 albums, was announced by Sunderland-born presenter and broadcaster Lauren Laverne during her show on BBC Radio 6Music this morning.
The 2015 Albums of the Year are:
• Aphex Twin - Syro
• Benjamin Clementine - At Least For Now
• C Duncan - Architect
• Eska - Eska
• Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
• Gaz Coombes - Matador
• Ghostpoet - Shedding Skin
• Jamie xx - InColour
• Róisín Murphy - Hairless Toys
• Slaves - Are You Satisfied?
• SOAK - Before We Forgot How To Dream
• Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
Simon Frith, chairman of the judges, said: “This year’s Mercury Prize shortlist includes seven debut albums and it celebrates artists from every stage of their careers.
“These musicians come from a fascinating variety of musical places, cultures and histories.
“What they have in common is the ambition and the craft, the ideas and the imagination to make great music.”
Plans for this year’s Awards Show have also been confirmed.
Prior to the awards, an eclectic series of broadcasts are scheduled across the BBC’s radio and digital platforms, which will include the 2015 Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’ being showcased through a series of studio sessions featuring this year’s shortlisted artists.
The Awards Show is to be held in the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House in London on Friday, 20 November, and will be hosted by Lauren Laverne.
Broadcast live on BBC Four and BBC Radio 6 Music, the evening will culminate in the announcement of the overall winner of the 2015 Mercury Prize in association with BBC Music.
6 Music will reflect the awards during the evening, crossing live for the big announcement.