Interview: Katy B

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

Featured artist: Roxanne Emery

You may not be familiar with singer-songwriter Roxanne Emery’s name yet, but the chances are you’ve heard her music on the telly. Her songs have soundtracked primetime shows both sides of the Atlantic, including Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Awkward, Cougar Town and Hollyoaks. Now she's preparing for her debut album and a national tour. Find out more...


Welcome to this week's playlist. The M team are heading off in all directions for the Bank Holiday weekend and wanted some sounds to make those roadblocks, train and plane delays a little less arduous. So dive into our Travel & Transport playlist - it includes Catatonia, The Clash, Daft Punk, Metronomy, Vitalic and Jessie Ware...

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.

30 Seconds interview: The Red Lapels

Vintage rock and soul is the name of the musical game when it comes to labelling the sharp sound of The Red Lapels. This talented young quartet have been turning heads with their raucous gigs all over the UK’s capital. We find out how their music gives them hope of escaping the 9-5…

Watch The Ivors 2013 trailer

We went to The Ivors last week to chat to winners, nominees & guests. Watch the first instalment of our video series…

Featured artist: Dan Croll

Dan Croll is a Liverpudlian songsmith who has appeared out of nowhere with an arsenal of killer pop songs and a unique style that’s getting tongues wagging and radio stations buzzing. This weekend marked his first ever appearance at The Great Escape festival, where his flamboyant live act went down a storm. His playful sound weaves in vibrant electronic flourishes with psychedelic guitars and genuine pop hooks....

Will Eurovision make a chart splash this weekend?

CHART SPECIAL: With an annual TV audience of over 100 million viewers worldwide it’s no surprise that the Eurovision Song Contest has had a strong impact on music charts across Europe and further afield. Russell Iliffe ponders the statistics.