It’s been a while, but here’s another hot new talent. Soak is Bridie Monds-Watson, a teenage singer songwriter from Derry-Londonderry with huge potential. She’s got a great voice and she’s writing some pretty serious tunes with great lyrics. Check out her track ‘Sea Creatures’ from her latest EP at the YouTube link below, and there’s more great tracks floating around. Have a listen.

Credit must go to BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland and Phil Taggart who had her in session back in March.

Soak-Sea Creatures (YouTube link) 


Looks like Neon Gold have some more magic on their hands. Churches are a Scottish trio: Iain Cook, Martin Doherty and Lauren Mayberry. There’s a link to their track ‘Lies’ on VIMEO below. This act definitely sound promising.

Lies on Vimeo

Head over to The Recommender blog for a bit more info.


This girl is good, really good. She has a stunning voice that reminds me of Judie Tzuke with touches of Sinead O’Connor. She recently performed live on Dean Jackson’s The Beat show on BBC Radio Nottingham. Here’s one track on YouTube from that session, but check the others and look for her incredible version of Frank Ocean’s ‘Swim Good’ too. 

Indiana – Blind As I Am


This is just gorgeous! Comforting and luxurious like a warm bath. I’ve had it on replay alongside Usher’s ‘Climax’ for days. According to The Fader they live in LA, but both have European backgrounds; they’re signed to Innovative Leisure, and they’re both members of other (possibly well-known) bands.

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You can grab a free download courtesy of The Fader below:

Rhye -Open


So can you trust the taste of Justin Vernon from Bon Iver? The answer is: OF COURSE!

At The Grammys this week he was raving to Rolling Stone magazine about a new Minneapolis band:
”I’ve been listening to this band Poliça from Minneapolis a lot lately…They’re the best band I’ve ever heard.” 

Strong words indeed, but the truth is they are pretty incredible. If you like The xx you’re gonna love them. Check out their brilliant single and great video below:

POLICA – Lay Your Cards Out (Official Music Video)