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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.

30 seconds interview: Russell C Brennan

Russell C Brennan has been writing songs since the early eighties for cult acts including Eleanor Rigby and Ministry of Ska. Since then, Russell has managed a London record shop, launched a record label and penned an insider’s guide to the music industry. He is now working with singer Joannaa T on a new indie-pop project. We caught up with him to find out more...

In session: Ryan Keen

Emerging singer songwriter Ryan Keen has had the kind of year that most upcoming acts could only dream of. In the last 12 months he has been the special guest on Newton Faulkner's tour, collaborated with Wretch 32 and supported Plan B at the iTunes festival – becoming the only unsigned act to appear on the month-long bill. We caught up with him before his headline slot at London Folkfest to watch him perform his track Old Scars.

30 seconds interview: Sara Lowes

Sara Lowes’ music is perky, poppy and very clever. If Sean O’Hagan from The High Llamas ever jammed with Jane Weaver and The Nice they might come close to sounding a bit like her latest EP. But they haven’t, so for now Sara is alone in her kaleidoscopic prog groove. The past 12 months has seen the Mancunian songwriter work with Jens Lakeman, The Earlies and Marina and the Diamonds. We grabbed 30 seconds in her busy schedule to find out more.

Playlist: Latitude Festival

With thousands of revellers descending on Southwold, Suffolk, this weekend for Latitude Festival, we take a look at all the acts who will be delighting crowds in the sunshine over the next three days. With a line-up that boasts Kraftwerk in 3D, Bloc Party, Disclosure, Foals, Hot Chip, Jessie Ware, alt-J and much much more, it was tricky to pick our favourites for the playlist this week...