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JAMIE XX EARLY FAVORITE FOR BLIGHTY'S MERCURY PRIZE

The shortlist for the annual Mercury Music Prize, existing to both annoy and entertain musos worldwide, has been revealed. This year is the first in a new partnership with BBC Music which will see nominees receiving promo on the Beeb’s radio and digital platforms prior to the ceremony on 11/20. So who are the lucky lot?

The 12 best albums from British artists released in 2015, according to Mercury judges (a panel of music experts), are included below. You'll note that Ted Cockle's Virgin EMI and Darcus Beese's Island were the major-label beneficiaries, but the list is dominated by indies, including PIAS (kudos to Managing Director Peter Thompson) and Caius Pawson's Young Turks.

Bookies' favourite is currently Jamie xx, followed by Wolf Alice, Soak, Aphex Twin and Ghostpoet.

Last year’s victor was Big Dada hip-hop trio Young Fathers with Dead. Who'll be crowned the bee's knees this year? We wait in anticipation.

2015 NOMINEES: 

Aphex Twin Syro (Warp)
Benjamin Clementine At Least For Now (Virgin EMI)
Slaves Are You Satisfied (Virgin EMI)
Gaz Coombes Matador (Hot Fruit/Caroline)
C Duncan Architect (Fat Cat)
Eska Eska (Naim)
Florence + The Machine How Big How Blue How Beautiful (Island)
Ghost Poet Shedding Skin (PIAS)
Roisin Murphy Hairless Toys (PIAS)
Jamie xx In Colour (Young Turks)
Soak Before We Forgot How To Dream (Rough Trade)
Wolf Alice My Love Is Cool (Dirty Hit)

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