The debut solo album from Damon Albarn has been nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2014. The list of nominees - better than last year but still mostly uninspiring - also includes Kate Tempest, Royal Blood and Nick Mulvey. Hilariously, the Independent reports on Ed Sheeran and Lily Allen "missing out".

Damon AlbarnDamon Albarn is nominated for 'Everyday Robots'

This year's list of nominees also includes Anna Calvi, One Breath, Bombay Bicycle Club, So Long, See You Tomorrow, FKA Twigs, LP1, GoGo Penguin, v2.0, Jungle, Jungle, Polar Bear, In Each and Every One, Young Fathers, Dead.

As ever, the bookmakers have priced up the Mercury market, installing FKA Twigs as the 7/2 favourite to take the award - won last year by the 10/1 shot James Blake. Kate Tempest is second favourite at 9/2, while duo Royal Blood are available at 5/1.

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Still, we think East India Youth's Total Strife Forever, at around 8/1, is where the value lies. The Bournemouth native, real name William Doyle, recorded and self-produced the album at home and released it on Stolen Recording in January 2014. The singles, 'Dripping Down', 'Hinterland' and 'Looking for Someone' are all...brilliant. 

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The winner of the £20,000 prize for the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2014 will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Roundhouse on Wednesday October 29, 2014. It will probably be presented by Lauren Laverne. 

The full list of nominees are as followed:

Anna Calvi - One Breath

Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

East India Youth - Total Strife Forever

FKA twigs - LP1

GoGo Penguin - v2.0

Jungle - Jungle

Kate Tempest - Everybody Down

Nick Mulvey - First Mind

Polar Bear - In Each and Every One

Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Young Fathers - Dead