Urban

In session: Sabiyha

While her Croydon school friends were absorbed in the homegrown grime and hip-hop of their local neighbourhood, Sabiyha was raiding her Guyanese father’s diverse record collection to discover delta blues. She is now ready to fledge with a voice that is warm and rich like Bessie Smith or Janis Joplin, while her melodies carry the sweet country lilt of Tammy Wynette. Watch her perform the track Mother Knows Best exclusively for M.

Playlist: Wireless festival

This week we're celebrating the Wireless festival, which returns today for a three day musical extravaganza at London's Olympic Park. Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Miguel, Wretch 32, Emeli Sande, Daley, Nas, Frank Ocean and dozens more acts from the UK and around the globe will descend on east London for a weekend of music and mayhem. You'll hear classics from Nas and A Tribe Called Quest, alongside solid tunes from Katy B, Mikill Pane, Rita Ora, Earth, Wind & Fire, Devlin, Roses Gabor, Mausi and more...

Interview: The Heliocentrics

The Heliocentrics are a loose limbed collective with roots in funk and their heads in the cosmos. A passion for dusty beats has seen them work with DJ Shadow while their 13 Degrees of Reality album sees the band going further out than ever before. M quizzed drummer Malcolm about music making…

Interview: Soweto Kinch

MC and saxophonist Soweto Kinch is known for fusing hip hop and jazz but his latest double album, The Legend of Mike Smith, goes even further out there, taking in soundsystem culture and classic story telling. M found out why integrity and passion is more important to him than musical box ticking…

30 seconds interview: Shystie

Chanelle Calica, aka Shystie, is a 27-year-old rapper from Hackney who now counts Azealia Banks, 50 Cent, Basement Jaxx and Mike Skinner among her friends. Earning the moniker ‘grime princess’ through her work on Dizzee Rascal's debut single I Luv U, she’s since gone on to tour with The Streets and Basement Jaxx. We spend 30 seconds with her to find out more...

Feature: Bristol Cream

Jim Ottewill investigates Bristol’s music scene to uncover the source of the city’s creative pulse.

30 Seconds interview: Melé

If DJ Sinden says you have the world at your feet, then you must be doing something right. So it goes for Liverpool’s Mele, one of the best emerging British producers and DJs currently turning club music in 2013 upside down…

30 Seconds Interview: Elro

Elro, real name Ian Llewellyn-Rowe, is one of the young bloods of the UK hip-hop scene. You may have already heard of him, being touted as 'one to watch' by Chantelle Fiddy or through his work with The Streets' Mike Skinner.

30 seconds interview: Joel Culpepper

R&B singer-songwriter Joel Culpepper has a lot to live up to, having been tipped as the UK's answer to The Weeknd and Frank Ocean by BBC Radio 1's head of music George Ergatoudis. Find out more...