The nominees for the 2016 Mercury Prize are in and *surprise surprise* there are a few shock omissions: there’s no love for past winners like PJ Harvey & James Blake, big sellers like Adele, Foals & Coldplay, veterans like Suede, Underworld & New Order, or indie darlings like NAO, Shura, Metronomy & Floating Points.
On the plus side though, the list is incredibly strong. So strong in fact that 7 of the 12 have been nominated before: ANOHNI (a winner as Antony and the Johnsons in 2005), Bat For Lashes (her 3rd), David Bowie (his 3rd), Laura Mvula (her 2nd, 100% record), Michael Kiwanuka (his 2nd, 100% record), Radiohead (their 5th, still no wins!), and Savages (their 2nd, 100% record).
To help you get familiar with the nominees we’ve selected a couple of songs from each album for you to listen to in one handy playlist and, if you really wanna dive in, you can click the images below to listen to the albums in full:
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