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Derry artist Soak nominated for Mercury Prize 2015

The Londonderry artist Soak has been nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize.

The artist, real name Bridie Monds-Watson, has been shortlisted for her album Before We Forgot How To Dream.

She has been nominated alongside 11 others including Irish artist Róisín Murphy, Florence And The Machine, Aphex Twin and former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes.

Bridie Monds-Watson, said: "It's just crazy, I just did not see that coming. I started writing this album when I was 13 until I was 18, so it is a life thing."

Florence Welch and former winner Jamie xx are already the bookmakers' favourites after Florence + The Machine's third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and Jamie xx's second solo album In Colour received nominations.

Jamie xx, 26, said: "It was such a big thing for The xx before when we got nominated, and it felt very surreal that first time."

The singer, who triumphed in 2010 with The xx's debut album, added: "It's wonderful to be nominated again. It was extremely stressful to win, the tension in the room - and I got to hide behind the others when they did the speech."

Full list of nominations:

Are You Satisfied by Slaves

Matador by Gaz Coombes

Before We Forgot How to Dream by Soak

In Colour by Jamie xx

At Least for Now by Benjamin Clementine

Shedding Skin by Ghostpoet

How Big How Blue How Beautiful by Florence + the Machine

Eska by Eska

Architect by C Duncan

Hairless Toy by Róisín Murphy

My Love Is Cool by Wolf Alice

Syro by Aphex Twin

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