The best UK album of 2014? This year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize was awarded to Young Fathers, an experimental hip-hop group formed in Edinburgh. If you're in need of an introduction, we reccomend listening to Get Up from the album Dead.
BBC Radio 1 DJ and presenter of the awards ceremony, Alice Levine has picked her ultimate Mercury playlist, bringing together albums from a mix of the 2014 contenders (see the shortlist here), as well as some old winners and nominees.
(What's the Story) Morning Glory by Oasis
The first album I ever bought (on cassette, of course). I had to convince my brother, Max, to club in on the WHSmiths vouchers with me.
Spice by Spice Girls
I have to say I didn't know this had been shortlisted until now. I wanted to be Baby, was always cast as Posh, am now Ginger, will never be Sporty, can be Scary. This album was a big moment in my school life - in fact in my whole life. Who wasn't obsessed with Spice Girls when they were 10?
OK Computer by Radiohead
Rightly on so many ‘Albums to listen to before you spontaneously combust’ lists.
Original Pirate Material by The Streets
An album that has such a sense of time and place for me: UK hip-hop that was authentic, unique and proud not to be American.
Dear Catastrophe Waitress by Belle & Sebastian
I would be hard pressed to pick one favourite track or even an album by B&S. It’s an indie band I liked before I really knew what ‘indie’ was.
Fur and Gold by Bat for Lashes
What's a Girl to Do? always has me from that first beat. It’s one of my favourite music videos too.
Settle by Disclosure
One of my first interviews after starting the 10-12 show on Radio 1 was with Guy and Howard from Disclosure - watching their ascent has been exciting and I feel weirdly (unjustifiably) proud.
Limit To Your Love by James Blake
The Feist original of this title track was a regular listen for a long time and then James Blake transformed it into something murkier and darker.
2 weeks by FKA Twigs
This was the first Live Lounge I ever hosted on my own daytime show. The performance blew me away.
So Long, See You Tomorrow by Bombay Bicycle Club
Their fourth album is packed with tracks I've had on repeat. Luna is a highlight for me; I have a real emotional reaction to it.
Royal Blood by Royal Blood
Seeing them live is something to behold. How only two people can create that much energy and noise, I don't know.