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Playlist: Arctic Monkeys

This week our playlist celebrates the release of AM, the latest album by Sheffield guitar band Arctic Monkeys. Not only is it being heralded by critics as the group’s best yet, but it’s on course for being one of the most popular with record buyers. It’s set to overtake Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories to have the biggest first week sales of the year so far. Check out our playlist showcasing some of the band’s best moments of their career as well as cuts from friends and influences…

Playlist: Bestival

As festival season is almost drawing to a close, we turn our attention to one of the last greenfield parties left to do: Bestival. Rob da Bank's annual fancy dress spectacular kicks off on the Isle of Wight today for a weekend of mayhem and madness, so we've scoured the line-up to uncover the most eclectic selection of the 2013 festival season so far. From Elton John to Peace, Chic to MIA, be prepared for mixed bag of aural delights, old and new...

Playlist: End of the Road Festival

Welcome to our latest M playlist. Following last weekend’s Notting Hill Carnival playlists, we bring you a new selection this time focusing on the End of the Road Festival. The event is all about beautiful scenery married to some of the best folk, Americana and indie acts out there and is the perfect way to almost cap off your festival season (Bestival and Festival Number 6 are still to come). Dive in and check out tracks from Warpaint, The Walkmen, Belle & Sebastian and Savages…

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…

Playlist: Green Man Festival

Welcome to our latest playlist. This week we’re continuing our festival focus, this time taking in the musical highlights of the weekend’s Green Man event. Taking place in the lush surroundings of the Black Mountains, it’s celebrated for having one of the most beautiful of all the festival sites. Our playlist takes in some of the best acts from this year's great line up including the Pastels, Nathan Fake, Low, Steve Mason and Public Service Broadcasting.

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...

Playlist: BBC Proms modern composers

This week we're celebrating the breadth and diversity of the BBC Proms. With the 119th season now in full flow, we've scoured the exhaustive programme to unearth some of the most interesting UK composers taking part this year. From Julian Anderson's opening piece Harmony to Django Bates’ The Study of Touch, many of Britain’s best working composers have won new commissions or premieres. Listen to our pick here.

Playlist: Katie Riding, Independent Label Market

This week we asked Katie Riding, co-founder of Independent Label Market, music PR and artist manager, to tell us the tracks she’s been rating lately. From the nimble techno of rRoxymore to the slick pop of Lulu James, or the twitchy beats of Zomby to the gentle lullabies of Annie Eve, there’s something in here for everyone. So get stuck in and tell us what you think...

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...