FKA twigs and Nick Mulvey have also been nominated for the prize, which honours albums recorded by British and Irish acts that have been released in the past 12 months, chosen by an independent panel of music industry experts and artists.
Over half of the albums to have made the cut are debut releases, including Damon Albarn’s ‘Everyday Robots’, although he has previously been nominated for his releases with Blur, while another of his projects, Gorillaz, famously rejected their nomination in 2001.
Simon Frith, chairman of the judges, said: “This year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist confirms that these are fascinating times for UK music. There are seven outstanding debut albums here, and five records by more established artists, all pursuing exciting directions.”
"What most impressed the judges was the inventive passion with which musicians explore music and emotional possibilities, refusing to be pinned down by rules or genre."
Royal Blood and Damon Albarn have been named the joint favourites to follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner James Blake by bookies William Hill, with the odds for both acts being listed as 4/1.
The 12 albums nominated for the Barclaycard Mercury Prize this year are as follows…
- Anna Calvi - One Breath
- Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow
- Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
- East India Youth - Total Strife Forever
- FKA twigs - LP1
- GoGo Penguin - v2.0
- Jungle - Jungle
- Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
- Nick Mulvey - First Mind
- Polar Bear - In Each and Every One
- Royal Blood - Royal Blood
- Young Fathers - Dead