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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.

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...