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Listen to the 2016 Mercury-nominated albums here

It's that time again guys: take a look at the shortlist for the Hyundai Mercury Prize, complain that you've never heard of half of them, realise that that's kind of the point, and then start investigating some fascinating albums that you might have missed over the past 12 months.

This year, the process for selecting the winner will be slightly different, with the initial shortlist of 12 albums being whittled down to six at the final, taking place 15 September at Hammersmith Apollo. The first of these will be selected by music fans, who can vote for the first finalist - judges will pick the other five. Last year saw a surprise winner in the shape of Benjamin Clementine, who won with his distinctive record At Least For Now.

Spoiler alert: given their internet-savvy bunch of rabid fans, bet your house on The 1975 winning the public vote. If you feel the urge to try and alter what is basically a foregone conclusion, you can head to mercuryprize.com to register your own choice. Hey, it's your time guys, you do what you want with it.

In the meantime, take a listen to all of the initial shortlist below - there's a couple of grime acts in there for a change, a few familiar faces and, of course, the token jazz record.

  • Listen to the 2016 Mercury-nominated albums here

    David Bowie - Blackstar

    Odds: 2/1 fav

    Genre: Experimental art rock

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    Bat For Lashes - The Bride

    Odds: 16/1

    Genre: Baroque pop/rock

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    Anohi - Hopelessness

    Odds: 8/1

    Genre: Electropop

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    Jamie Woon - Making Time

    Odds: 25/1

    Genre: Electronica

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    Kano - Made In The Manor

    Odds: 12/1

    Genre: Grime

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    Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room

    Odds: 16/1

    Genre: Soul/R&B

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    Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate

    Odds: 10/1

    Genre: Soul/acoustic

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    Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

    Odds: 5/1

    Genre: Indie/experimental

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    Savages - Adore Life

    Odds: 25/1

    Genre: Post-punk

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    Skepta - Konnichiwa

    Odds: 8/1

    Genre: Grime

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    The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It

    Odds: 12/1

    Genre: Indie/pop

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    The Comet Is Coming - Channel the Spirits

    Odds: 25/1

    Genre: Jazz