The 12 Mercury Music 'Albums of the Year' were announced on Friday morning.
The Mercury Music Prize nominations for 2015 have been announced, and it’s a list with quite a few surprising omissions and inclusions.
The twelve artists fortunate enough to make the select list were announced over the course of Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music Radio show on Friday (October 16th), with Florence + The Machine and Wolf Alice being the biggest names among the dozen.
Florence’s third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which reached Number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic earlier this year, is her second nomination after her debut Lungs in 2009, which was beaten by Speech Debelle. Wolf Alice’s first album My Love Is Cool came out in the same month and made Number 2 in the UK, winning rave reviews in the process.
Young Fathers, the winners of last year's Mercury Music Prize
Other artists to get the nod were Aphex Twin for Syro (the electronic wizard’s first album in 13 years), 18 year old Bridie Monds-Watson for her debut Before We Forgot How To Dream under the name of SOAK, ex-Supergrass songwriter Gaz Coombes, rap and spoken word musician Ghostpoet, punk upstarts Slaves and The xx’s Jamie Smith (who records with the moniker Jamie XX).
Surprisingly, there was no room in the list for Manchester-based four-piece Everything Everything, who were the bookies’ favourites to win the entire thing with their third record Get To Heaven the day before the nominations were announced.
Other artists to miss out were regular judges favourites Richard Hawley and Laura Marling (with five previous nominations between them), Blur’s first album in 12 years The Magic Whip and the slow-burning success story of Public Service Broadcasting and their debut The Race For Space.
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 – In Colour
Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys
Slaves – Are You Satisfied?
SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream
Wolf Alice – My Love Is Cool