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Listen to the 2016 Mercury-nominated albums here

The shortlist has been announced - now check them all out

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 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.

David Bowie - Blackstar

Odds: 2/1 fav

Genre: Experimental art rock

Bat For Lashes - The Bride

Odds: 16/1

Genre: Baroque pop/rock

Anohi - Hopelessness

Odds: 8/1

Genre: Electropop

Jamie Woon - Making Time

Odds: 25/1

Genre: Electronica

Kano - Made In The Manor

Odds: 12/1

Genre: Grime

Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room

Odds: 16/1

Genre: Soul/R&B

Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate

Odds: 10/1

Genre: Soul/acoustic

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Odds: 5/1

Genre: Indie/experimental

Savages - Adore Life

Odds: 25/1

Genre: Post-punk

Skepta - Konnichiwa

Odds: 8/1

Genre: Grime

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

Odds: 12/1

Genre: Indie/pop

The Comet Is Coming - Channel the Spirits

Odds: 25/1

Genre: Jazz