Published Oct 16, 2015The annual Barclaycard Mercury Prize aims to honour the best music from the UK and Ireland, and this year's nominees have just been announced.
Twelve albums were selected for the shortlist by a panel of critics and industry folk. Some of the notable contenders on this year's list include Aphex Twin for Syro, Florence and the Machine for How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and Jamie xx for In Colour.
The Mercury Prize states that the award's objective is "to provide a snapshot of the year in music, to encourage debate and discussion about music, and to help introduce new albums from a variety of musical genres to a wider audience."
The 2014 prize went to Young Fathers. The latest winner will be announced in a ceremony on November 20. See the full list of nominees below.
Aphex Twin - Syro
Wolf Alice - My Love Is Cool
Róisín Murphy - Hairless Toys
C Duncan - Architect
ESKA - ESKA
Florence and the Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Ghostpoet - Shedding Skin
Benjamin Clementine - At Least for Now
Jamie xx - In Colour
SOAK - Before We Forgot How to Dream
Gaz Coombes - Matador
Slaves - Are You Satisfied?