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30 Seconds interview: Krept and Konan

Krept and Konan are a youthful duo tapping the best elements of rap, hip, hop, grime, house and pop music to inspire their music. It’s a potent formula which is obviously making the right noises in the right places with the pair recently receiving a nomination for best newcomer at this year’s MOBO Awards. Even more remarkable is how the duo recently dented the top 20 with no label or national radio support. We found out how these two songwriters are doing it for themselves…

Featured artist: Dean Blunt

It’s no surprise Hackney-born Dean Blunt has been operating under the radar for some time, first with Inga Copeland as Hype Williams and now under his own moniker. He actively invents tall stories – from becoming a champion boxer to being caught stealing stuffed raccoons – in an effort to throw people off the scent. And, although it's almost as though he doesn’t want to be discovered, he's still managed to subvert pop’s natural order with a string of innovative releases.

Playlist: Trojan Soundsystem

Welcome to the second of our Notting Hill playlists. Following MC Serocee’s selection we have some classic carnival bangers from Trojan Soundsystem. Earl Gateshead and Daddy Ad have been keeping the spirit of reggae very much alive with their love of dub and dancehall. These guys are the dons when it comes to Jamaican music. Inside you’ll find fine musical cuts from the likes of Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Toots and the Maytals and Apache Indian.

Playlist: Serocee

Welcome to our latest M playlist. This week we’ve invited dancehall MC, DJ and Toddla T collaborator Serocee to curate a Notting Hill Carnival themed playlist with the famous street festival taking place in West London this Bank Holiday weekend. His selection takes in everything from dancehall to garage and includes a number of upfront cuts from the likes of Stylo G, Wookie, Mark Pritchard and Bounty Killer. Crack open a Red Stripe and get your whistle out…

Interview: The Trojan Soundsystem

The Trojan Soundsystem is keeping the spirit of reggae very much alive with its dedication to dub, dancehall and roots sounds. We spoke to Earl Gateshead and Daddy Ad from the outfit about why it’s their duty to spread the word of soundsystem culture as loudly and clearly as possible…

Featured artist: Fimber Bravo

As a founder member of the 20th Century Steel Band, Fimber Bravo's music pricked the ears of a generation of hip-hop artists who sampled the group’s 1975 album Heaven & Hell. Since then the steel pan specialist has collaborated with artists all over the world from Sun Ra Arkestra to Morcheeba. 2013 has seen him diversify further with a new record that combines electronic production with classic percussion and includes an impressive cast of talent from Hot Chip to Zongamin.