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Nilüfer Yanya, a West Londoner, draws inspiration from jazz and soul for gentle but achingly insistent songs driven by her own acoustic guitar fretwork. Watch her session from our day stage during SXSW.

This London-based  singer songwriter Nilfufer Yanya joined the PledgeHouse day party on March 13th at SXSW. The up-and-coming alternative/indie singer showed off her new-age sound, astounding the audience with her subtle saxophone and guitar arrangements, supporting her gorgeous, deep voice.

Nilüfer Yanya, a West Londoner, draws inspiration from jazz and soul for gentle but achingly insistent songs driven by her own acoustic guitar fretwork.

Songs performed 1:05 Angels 5:32 Golden Cage 14:25 Thanks 4 Nothin20:01 Baby Luv



Girl Ray makes self-proclaimed “estrogen pop” that seems to exist outside of time. Though heavily indebted to harmonious crooners and jangly indie acts of the 60’s and 70’s, Girl Ray creates a sound that’s fresh, ambitious and all their own. Poppy Hankin’s vocal delivery is calm and collected, forming a spirited juxtaposition to her biting lyrical wit.


Band Members:
Poppy Hankin – Vocals and Guitar
Sophie Moss – Bass and Vocals
Iris O’Connell – Drums and Vocals
Mike O’Malley – Guitar and Keys
Released March 15, 2018

Label mates with Fat White Family & Meatraffle

“Much in the manner a devotional feline will proudly massacre vermin, leaving it’s sacrificial remains to fetter your hallway carpet, we bring you Madonnatron.”  “Songs that will make you dance and sing along while you feel the seedy, swirling force”

“If Madonnatron was an amplifier, it would be a mutha of a Krell beater, a class A with plenty of power in reserve. Better than Led Zeppelin ” – Zsa Zsa Sapien of Meatraffle 


Band Members
Stefania, Charlie, Beth, Joanie

BERRIES – ” Faults “

Posted: March 12, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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London trio Berries boast a distinctive sound and styling that allows them to call on a selection of smooth and punch-packing instrumentals to accompany both their reflective and raw alt-rock moments. They don’t miss a beat and neither does new single ‘Faults‘.

It’s always nice to have a fresh blast of Berries and new serving ‘Faults‘ is certainly well placed to build upon the momentum they’ve collected through last years fantastic Those Funny Things EP and belting previous single ‘Wild Vow‘.

It locks you in within seconds; the opening riff, the bluesy-rock beat and then Holly Carter’s distinctive, smouldering, tongue-in-cheek vocals. They’ve long showcased their knack for an addictive, frenzied chorus but here they add another string to their bow. ‘Faults‘ still offers up more frenzied, pulsating moments, featuring a chorus kick and breakdowns reminiscent of its predecessors whilst also bringing a dose of bluesy edges to proceedings.


It’s big stage ready, radio ready and er…faultless for Berries.

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Well, this is all a bit of a ‘Hoo Ha‘ isn’t it? The latest tune from London via Sweden quartet Francobollo is a bit of guitar-led, slacker goodness that’s sure to get you feeling nice and dreamy.

Named as a tribute to one of their favourite bands (the excellent Hoo Ha’s), the Francobollo boys keep things suitably off-kilter as they flick away with guitar riffs that keep reality at busy. There’s plenty of space in between the flutters of genius and the band show an impressive patience – they know things are always ready, simmering, on the verge of kicking off but their restraint in holding back until they’re all set to release hell makes that sweet, sweet chorus even tastier. It’s the final 20 seconds or so when everything breaks down that Francobollo come into their own, keeping those good vibes going just that little bit longer so you’re getting close to your three minutes worth out of them.


Band Members
Sean Bean, Simon Nilsson, Petter Grevelius & Sven Bailey.

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Being widely tipped as one of most likely artists of 2018, South-East London songwriter Carmody is enjoying a huge wave of support from music bloggers drawn to her candid story telling style woven into her music which deftly unites the gulf between folk and pop. Using guitars, electronic instrumentation and keys to supplement her light vocal style which is laden with anguished emotion and heartbreak.

Developing out of the capital cities vibrant DIY scene, most discovered her through her collaborations with Alfa Mist, Laura Misch, Nick Leng and Tom Misch with whom she teamed up with on the single ‘The Last Song’ and to create their ‘Out To Sea’ EP. Blending hip hop with soulful guitar work, the five-track release was a massive hit with the music press and quickly saw her name spread.

“Most of my songs seem to be about memory and loss in all their different shapes and forms.”

She has subsequently made further release whist working independently including the EPs ‘Skin’ and ‘2nd Exit’ and shown a massive creative outburst with tracks ‘Like That’ and ‘The Ways Of Your Love’ being brought out in recent months. Her prolific roll continues, aiming to bring out her debut album this year.

“I think it’s pretty essential to push yourself out of your comfort zone; I’m always trying to find new chords and challenge myself to write about new things in order to continue to develop my songwriting.”

Carmody has just announced a handful on headline dates for May 2018. Expected to sell quickly, book your ticket today!

  • 14/05 Carmody – The Castle Hotel, Manchester
  • 15/05 Carmody – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
  • 16/05 Carmody – Crofters Rights, Bristol
  • 24/05 Carmody – Bush Hall, London

It’s been somewhat of a sudden and rapid rise for London quartet Stereo Honey in 2017. Having introduced themselves at the start of the year with a stunning debut track ‘Where No One Knows Your Name’ the band made it clear that they were here to lead the resurgence of soulful Indie guitar music, driven by the solid beats of Jake Black, accentuated by the intricate guitar soundscapes of Nicky Boiardi, guided by the grooves of bassist Ben Edwards and always framed by the stunning vocal delivery of singer Pete Restrick.

Stereo Honey spent 2017 playing shows in the farthest corners of the country with the directive of making sure their name was consistently on the lips of all of who happened to be in the audience, people who left unquestionably proclaiming them as a serious contender to be one of the acts that starts the rise to the top in 2018.
On 1st December, the band finish their 2017 with the crescendo of releasing their debut EP ‘Monuments’ on Beatnik Creative.

The EP features the lead track ‘The Bay’ which was released earlier this Autumn and went to #1 on the Hype Machine ‘Most Popular’ chart and made it’s way up to #3 Spotify’s Hot New Band playlist and #4 on The Indie List. The track caught the attention of BBC introducing and was soon moving its way all the way up to BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac who announced the band and as one of her ‘New Names’ while Radio X placed the track into their evening playlist as soon as it was in their hands, giving it regular rotation.


For their debut EP the band chose four songs which circulate around a common theme: the idea of a Monument. Monuments typically refer to grandiose, classical structures commemorating historical events and achievements, but can also refer to landmarks, places of pilgrimage and worship, and sites of historical memory and mourning.

“We unintentionally ended up with this theme for the EP” the band said “ The tracks are, essentially, monuments of youth, geographical landmarks of personal and autobiographical memory.” 

Stereo Honey are:
Pete Restrick: Vocals & Guitar
Nicky Boiardi: Guitars & Keys
Ben Edwards: Bass
 Black: Drums


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“A righteous psychic celebration of sound and fury that draws together the cream of the underground, Raw Power draws on the fiery worlds of psychedelia, heaviosity, electronic innovation and avant-garde inspiration, from 2014 to 2017 saw visionary artists from across the globe converge on Tufnell Park to take part in weekends that fried brains and realigned perspectives in equal measure”
Baba Yaga’s Hut Presents:
Raw Power Festival 2018
May 25th – Raw Power Warm-up, Venue TBA
May 26th & 27th – Dome, Tufnell Park
2 Dartmouth Park Hill, Tufnell Park, London, NW5 1HL, United Kingdom

Night Flowers have shared their gorgeous single, ‘Cruel Wind.’  “And now you have an epitaph,” sings Sophia Pettit with grace and feeling of loss, this shimmering wide-screen song possess a yearning melody and tumbling percussion that plunges deep into your heart.

‘Cruel Wind’ comes with an ingenious accompanying video made by filmmaking duo James Doherty and Laura Whittell. the brave astronauts featured, the training, the isolation, the pressure and the fear are obstacles they must endure to realise their dream – to explore the great beyond. Night Flowers vocalist Sophia Pettit is on hand to guide them through their journey with her white coat and round-rimmed glasses. Combining green screen, archive footage and some clever visual effects, the result is something different, and filmic.

Lifted from their forthcoming debut album, Wild Notion. Which was written in various London basements and bedsits, and recorded with longtime producer Adam Jaffrey in a studio that was later bulldozed to make way for luxury flats. The windswept north-east English coast collided with stateside sunshine when US-born vocalist Sophia Pettit joined the band in their new shared hometown of London in summer 2015.

The video, directed by long time collaborator and friend Darren Topliss, finds singer Sophia Pettit in a slow motion adventure, rediscovering the city around her with a childlike wonder and a new found sense of freedom, in a video that celebrates the importance of living in the moment. Released 18th January 2018