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John Humphrys' Guide to the Mercury Prize 2013

30 October 2013 Last updated at 08:33 GMT

The Mercury Prize ceremony takes places tonight, celebrating the best new album by a British or Irish band.

Twelve shortlisted artists are vying for the £20,000 prize.

Which lads have "got their swagger back"? Who stands out for their "spidery bass lines"? And who can be deemed a "cult classic"?

The Today programme's John Humphrys delivers a unique rundown on this year's shortlist.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 30 October 2013.