In session: Blue Rose Code part 2

Blue Rose Code, aka Edinburgh born Ross Wilson, has had a big year. His debut album North Ten paved the way back in February, receiving instant cult status via rave reviews from folk behemoths 'Whispering' Bob Harris and Folk Radio. A little while back we invited him to come play a couple of unplugged songs for us. Here you can see the second instalment from that intimate session - a live version of One Day at a Time.

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…

In session: Fimber Bravo

Our M50 magazine party at London’s Social saw some great performances from some of our favourite new acts. Alongside Anna Meredith and Mo Kolours, steel pan maestro Fimber Bravo gave one of the sets of the night with his percussion heavy skills coming to the fore. Fimber has enjoyed a great year after collaborating with the likes of Hot Chip and Zongamin on his recent LP Con-Fusion. Check out his performance of live favourite Grey Clouds from the night…

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...

In session: Blue Rose Code

Blue Rose Code is the alter-ego of Scottish singer songwriter Ross Wilson, a musician who makes contemporary folk all laced together with his love for the songs of Motown and Nashville. His debut album North Ten, released earlier this year on Reveal Records, has endeared him to music lovers and fans of label mates Joan As Policewoman and Roddy Woomble. Watch Ross perform an exclusive version of Whitechapel, the lead track from his latest EP.

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...

In session: The Oscillation

Damien Castellanos, founder and front face of London trio The Oscillation, has been furthering Britain’s krautrock cause for the best part of a decade. His trademark guitar sound is clearly wedded to the motorik musings of German pioneers Neu! and Can, and is always underpinned by exacting rhythms and fragmented vocals akin to the seventies stalwarts. We recorded the trio play a live version of All You Want To Be at their new album launch party.

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...