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Hinting tones of an early Bon Iver, Ben Howard or Dave Hosking of Boy & Bear, Birmingham-based John Smith gives his hairy predecessors a run for their money with this smouldering cover of XL prodigy Jai Paul’s ‘Jasmine’. Sporting a very fine beard himself, Smith’s shy Brummie demeanour and enticing vocal makes for the perfect cover of one of our favourite songs of 2012.

Featuring equally impressive songs such as England Rolls Away, John’s album ‘Great Lakes’ is out now, you can purchase your very own copy right HERE.


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We first came across ukelele songstress Sophie Madeleine with her beautiful Take Your Love With Me. We promptly bought ourselves a ukelele and learnt the chords. You know the score.

We double dare you not to press play on the above video and not instantly fall in love with Sophie’s perfectly toned voice. How has she not had more exposure? One would think that with the success of people like Dan Croll, Mumfords and Dan Howard, artists like Sophie would have had more of a look in?

Here’s ‘Run With Us’ from her side project Runaway Orchestra, which appears to have finally got a release in April through Mr Bongo here. We haven’t heard it yet, but if it has Sophie’s trademark mix of soaring melodies over masterfully simplistic chords, then it’s sure to be a winner.

For fans of: Jason Mraz, Cliff Edwards, Isreal Kamkawiwo’ole, Gotye, Dan Croll.


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