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Playlist: love/hate

With Valentine’s Day upon us we’re feeling a little nostalgic. Join us as we listen back to the soppy songs and cynical tracks that indulge the emotions and talk from the heart…

Playlist: Andreya Triana

From Irish folkie James Vincent McMorrow to hip-hop mega-brand Pharrell, Andreya has been digging into plenty of raw sounds, classy acoustics and edgy songwriting...

Playlist: Bob Stanley

Welcome to our latest playlist. This week we’re delighted to welcome author, former music journalist and member of seminal pop act Saint Etienne Bob Stanley as curator of our playlist. As the writer behind the acclaimed Yeah Yeah Yeah – The Story of Modern Pop he’s well versed in the history of contemporary music and has exquisite taste to boot. Wade in and feel the power of his selection including Hall and Oates, Solange and East India Youth…

Playlist: Eurosonic 2014

Every year Eurosonic Noorderslag heralds an exciting new year in music. More than 3,000 music fans and industry bods descend on Groningen in The Netherlands to watch a 300-strong line-up that sets the agenda for the next 12 months. Our friends from PRS for Music have been reporting back with their top live tips from this year’s showcase. Tune in for an eclectic mix of upcoming pop, electronica and indie to find out who’s going to be cutting through the background noise in 2014...

Playlist: Tastemakers’ Tips 2014

Welcome to our first playlist of 2014. It’s that time of year when tastemakers are busy tipping, bloggers are reeling out their best-ofs and the BBC unveils the winner of its coveted ‘Sound Of…’ poll. So we’ve decided to pick a path through the mayhem by asking some of our favourite broadcasters, journalists and industry gurus to tell us what’s tickling them this New Year. Here are the results...

Playlist: X Factor

Welcome to our latest playlist. As the X-Factor reaches its climax this weekend, we’ve handed over the playlist reins to our resident pop guru Russell Iliffe. Russell has been providing a weekly analysis of the TV competition so it’s only fitting that he puts together a playlist featuring the best musical X Factor moments from this year’s series. Inside you’ll find classic songs from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Adele, Elton John and Shirley Bassey…

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...