Florence, Slaves and Wolf Alice lead nominations for Mercury Prize 2015

Jamie xx, Aphex Twin, Gaz Coombes and more also shortlisted

Florence + The Machine, Wolf Alice and Slaves lead the list of artists nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize.

Also shortlisted this year are albums from Aphex Twin, Ghostpoet, Gaz Coombes and Roisin Murphy. The list is dominated by debut albums with those from Benjamin Clementine, C Duncan, Eska, Jamie xx and Soak also nominated.

The 12 albums shortlisted for this year’s award were announced on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music radio show this morning (October 16).

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Albums released by British and Irish artists in the UK between September 9, 2014 and September 25, 2015 are eligible for the prize.

The Mercury Prize 2015 shortlist is as follows:

Aphex Twin – ‘Syro’
Benjamin Clementine – ‘At Least For Now’
C Duncan – ‘Architect’
Eska – ‘Eska’
Gaz Coombes – ‘Matador’
Ghostpoet – ‘Shedding Skin’
Florence + The Machine – ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’
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’

The shortlist is chosen by an independent judging panel, which this year includes former nominees including Anna Calvi, Corinne Bailey Rae and Nick Mulvey among broadcasters, journalists and DJs.

The winner of the Mercury will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Lauren Laverne at London’s Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House on November 20.

The BBC will screen the winning ceremony again after Channel 4 broadcast the final for the previous two years.
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