Pop

Featured artist: Hejira

This well-travelled London four-piece have distilled their disparate collective heritage – spanning Chile, Hungary, Ethiopia and Germany – into a persuasive mix of shrewd urban pop and scratchy electronics. Borne of many years of experience performing with Amy Winehouse, Tom Jones, Nitin Sawhney, Eric Lau and Connan Mockasin, all four are well-versed musicians and it shows. They have already won plaudits from Dummy, The Guardian and Metro, but stark debut single Litmus Test should do much to raise their profile when it lands next month.

30 seconds interview: Islet

Rhythmic alt-pop quartet Islet definitely sound like they’re having fun making music. With the same maximum-impact approach as Neon Indian or Toro Y Moi, their music is layered, harmonic and very easy to dance to. New album Released by the Movement, sees the band mine their more experimental seam, with a looser approach to songwriting and form. It was recorded with Stephen Black, aka Sweet Baboo. We caught up with them to hear more about their musical merry-making…

In session: Deafkid Part 1

Anglo-French pair Deafkid sound like they have studied the off-kilter pop music of their native lands to develop a strain of electro-pop that is fresh, exciting and more than a bit odd. The quirky genetics of their songs carry elements of alt-J, Django Django, Panda Bear and El Guincho, although Christopher Lockington and Florian Sauvaire cite their main influences as Three Trapped Tigers, Mew, Cant and Eskmo. Watch them perform new single Vigilante here.

Featured artist: To Be Frank

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Frank Pescod goes under the moniker To Be Frank, an apt name for his raw songwriting and stark production. His melancholic pop straddles electronica, indie and classic ballads from an earlier era, proving Frank is as comfortable on the grand piano as he is with the latest studio gear. He’s been described as a cross between James Blake and Radiohead; throw in the pop nous of Gotye and the soulful vocals of Jamie Lidell and you’re halfway there.

Playlist: Wilderness Festival

Welcome to the latest M playlist.This week we're doffing our hats to the fantastic Wilderness Festival, which is happening in the beautiful Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire. We've scoured Spotify to celebrate the diversity of this year's bill, bringing you classic cuts from Rodriguez, The Bees, London Grammar, Temples, Charlie Winston and more. So turn up the speakers, crack open the windows and let a bit of the great outdoors in...

Review: 100 Best Albums of All Time

What do Arctic Monkeys’ Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, Green Day’s American Idiot and The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead have in common? All are feted as among the best long players ever in the new book The 100 Best Albums of All Time by Toby Creswell and Craig Mathieson.