It's that time of year again. The 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Prize nominations have been announced today in London.
As usual, there are a few surprises, but overall it's a very safe list of choices.
The early favourites are 2003 winner Dizzee Rascal for his album Tongue 'n Cheek, alongside Strange Glue 2009 album winner The XX.
The surprise nominations include Irish band Villagers for their début effort, Becoming A Jackal, while Manchester band I Am Kloot are finally recognised too.
Sadly, electronica has been completely overlooked yet again, there's no room for Four Tet who will probably make the top 3 of our end of the year poll.
“This year’s Mercury list includes musicians from all stages of their careers and from contrasting parts of the British Isles,” says Simon Frith, Chair of Judges. “It features music that is urban and rural, light and dark, joyful and profound. The records have wit, an abundance of musical energy and their own distinct voices. There is music here to make you laugh, cry, dance and sing.”
Here is the full list of nominations:
So any other glaring omissions? Do let us know what you think.