The time has come to shortlist some of the year's best records from the U.K. and Ireland. The Mercury Prize nominees were announced on Friday, October 16, and you're going to spy faces both foreign and familiar. The Telegraph notes that the awards have "developed a reputation for picking out obscure, cutting edge acts."
Without further ado, happy Friday, and here are the 2015 Mercury Prize nominees:
Aphex Twin, Syru
Benjamin Clementine, At Least for Now
C Dunance, Architect
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
"Despite strong odds from bookmakers in the run up to the announcement, new albums from Blur, Paul Weller, Everything Everything and Laura Marling were not included," reports the Telegraph, which has a list of every winner since 1992. "Seven debut albums have made the list and nine of the nominees are solo acts."
Jamie xx won the award in 2010 with his band, the xx, for their self-titled album. Last year's champ was Young Fathers for Dead; 2013's was James Blake with Overgrown. Previous winners include Portishead, Pulp, Franz Ferdinand, Antony and the Johnsons, Elbow and alt-J.