Playlist: Him & Her

Welcome to our latest playlist. This week's theme is 'him and her' so we've compiled a stack of hits from our favourite male and female solo artists and picked off some great tunes from bands that reference lads and lasses. You'll find odes to long lost lovers, lamenting R&B divas, good-time disco and some starry-eyed pop classics. Tune in now...

Interview: Katy B

UK funky firebrand explains why neo-soul artist Gil Scott has struck a chord & reveals the first single she ever bought

30 Seconds Interview: Candy Says

Candy Says are Juju, Elisa, Ben and Mike, who make 'lo-fi chic pop' that has an affirmative feel good factor, reminiscent of early Slow Club and Regina Spektor. They liken themselves to both Velvet Underground and ABBA, and are adept at delivering infectious, alt-pop that has pricked the ears of BBC 6 Music's Lauren Laverne. We catch up with the quartet as they prepare for the latest leg of a jam-packed UK tour.

Interview: Cloud Boat

Cloud Boat are Sam Rickett and Tom Clarke, who make music in their own way, at their own pace, away from the intoxicating London music scene. Their music explores a soulful vein of shoegaze, although they call dance label R&S imprint Apollo Records their home.Check out our interview with them here...

Interview: Bibio

M quizzes electronica artist Bibio on his rise from Bontempi organ to making groundbreaking records for Warp…

Session: Cloud Boat part two

Sam Rickett and Tom Clarke play Kowloon Bridge for us in the second instalment of an exclusive unplugged session filmed on the Thames beach by St Gabriel's Wharf. The duo are fine purveyors of shoegaze soul, drawing on influences as diverse as Bon Iver, James Blake and Four Tet to create their dreamy fusion of electronica and live instrumentation.

30 Seconds interview: John Newman

You may not know John Newman’s name but you’ll have certainly heard his voice. He fronts UK dance act Rudimental’s Feel the Love and Not Giving In, their two number one smashes to date, and is currently on tour with the Hackney-based group. M spent 30 Seconds with John as he steps out on a hotly anticipated solo career with his anthemic new single Love Me Again...

Session: Cloud Boat part one

A periphery band in every sense of the word: Cloud Boat are located just inside London’s M25 boundary where they have been cutting their own musical path since 2011. With their debut album now a fortnight from release, we caught up with the pair to discover how their sound has evolved since their first slice of R&S woozy electronica two years ago.