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Playlist: Scots Trad Music Awards

Welcome to this week’s traditional Scottish playlist in honour of the weekend’s Scottish Trade Music awards. Simon Thoumire from the awards has kindly compiled this playlist for the event, which is now in its 11th year. It aims to celebrate the country’s wealth of home grown musical talent while the likes of Kathleen MacInns, Blazin’ Fiddles and The Shee are all set to give performances on the night. Look out for the results from the evening on M…

Playlist: M magazine 50th issue

This week saw M Magazine celebrate its 50th issue with a party at London’s Social. Anna Meredith, Fimber Bravo and Mo Kolours were the trio of great acts (and recent interviewees) who came down to help us mark the occasion while Horse Meat Disco’s Jim Stanton manned the decks to guide us through the night. Our latest playlist takes in acts from the night as well as some of our favourites from previous issues...

Playlist: Psapp

Psapp are renowned for their eclectic approach to music-making, with influences as diverse as minimal electronica and trad jazz peeking out among their carnival of sounds. To commemorate the band’s welcome return after a five-year absence, we caught up with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Galia Durrant to find out what she’s been listening to lately. So what you waiting for? Tune in to enter the fantastical world of Psapp…

Playlist: Movember

This week we’re celebrating all the guys who are growing mos for Movember. Here at M Towers, we are watching with bated breath as the top lips slowly darken on three of our brethren. And, with some elaborate tash shapes already starting to make their presence felt, we’ve decided to look to the pop and rock world for some hairy inspiration. You'll find top tunes from Nick Cave, Andrew Weatherall, Giorgio Moroder, Motorhead, Frank Zappa and more...

Playlist: Lou Reed tribute

This week we’re celebrating the life and music of iconic songwriter Lou Reed, who sadly passed away on 27 October. Reed brought an underground integrity to everything he did, from his collaborations and tours with peers such as David Bowie and Peter Gabriel, to his work leading the trailblazing pop-art band Velvet Underground. You'll hear some of our favourite Reed tracks and loads from bands that cite him as their main inspiration.

Playlist: Mercury Prize predictions

The 2013 Mercury Prize ceremony is almost upon us and we’ve been studying the bookies’ odds to decipher who will be victorious. But, as ever, the winning horse is just too tricky to call. Instead, we’ve put together a bumper playlist that celebrates all 12 of this year’s nominees plus each of winning album’s since Primal Scream’s Screamadelica took home the inaugural gong back in 1992. So tune in and help us celebrate the best of British...

Playlist: MOBO Awards 2013

The 18th MOBO Awards party takes place on 19 October so we're doffing our hats to all the nominees who are in the running to pick up a prestigious prize. This year Laura Mvula and Wiley lead the shortlist with four nominations apiece. Both are battling for the coveted Best Album gong, alongside Angel, Rudimental and Disclosure in one of the best line-ups we've seen for yonks. Listen to our pick of the nominees and let us know who you're rooting for.

Playlist: Norwich Sound + Vision

Norwich Sound + Vision has taken over the city's art spaces and venues, bringing panel sessions, keynote speeches and scores of performances. For this week’s playlist we asked Andy Ellis, PRS for Music's education and outreach co-ordinator, to tell us the acts he was most looking forward to catching. Before he set off he revealed his top picks including Ghostpoet, NO CEREMONY///, Sullivan & Gold, Curxes, Foxes, Islet, Sivu and many more...

Playlist: Autumn songs

Summer has officially ended and as we file away all those memories of sunshine and warmth, we're pleased at least that the transition to autumn has so far been gentle. To get us in the mood for walking among crispy leaves and frosty grass we've sought out our favourite songs about the changing seasons. You'll hear tracks by the late Amy Winehouse, Donovan, Roy Harper, Tunng, Beth Orton, Jon Hopkins, The Zombies, Zulu Winter and much more. So dig in, wrap up and settle into the season...

Playlist: Psych Fest

This weekend, Liverpool will become a mecca for fans of the weird and warped, as The International Festival of Psychedelia brings a smorgasbord of experimental psych, electronic and drone acts to various venues around the city. To celebrate we’ve dedicated our weekly playlist to some of the weekend’s most exciting acts. Tune in now for a mind-melting selection of tracks by Spectrum, Mugstar, Moon Duo, The Oscillation and Mo Kolours, plus some unexpected remixes and more.