The Mercury Music Prize continued its more-often-than-not tradition of awarding the title of British & Irish album of the year to an act that, this time yesterday, weren't considered anything more than a long shot.

Alternative hip hop trio Young Fathers picked up the win last night for their debut album 'Dead', a 34-minute collection of futuristic hip hop despite some bookies placing them at odds of 12/1. Indeed, the hotly fancied FKA Twigs had been as good as crowned as the latest incumbents to music's top table but were fiercely usurped by the Scottish upstarts.

Kate Tempest, Damon Albarn and even Royal Blood's massively dissected slef-titled debut album seemingly didn't seem come into the running at the ceremony hosted by BBC DJ Nick Grimshaw in London's Roundhouse.

Young Fathers' win will likely elicit cries of 'who?!' from mainstream music. Indeed, according to the Guardian, 'Dead' has sold just less than 600 copies since its place on the shortlist was announced. Traditionally this prize leads to a spike in sales - and it will - but the Mercury Prize can't be considered to be a fast track to stardom (just ask Speech Debelle).

Nonetheless, we shouldn't think for one moment that this was Young Fathers' motive and judging by their short but sweet acceptance speech last night, it seems like they'll very much be taking their time under the microscope very much in their stride.