Playlist: Food and drink

Welcome to the latest Friday Playlist. The most recent series of Master Chef has just come to a conclusion so we’re taking comfort in a playlist devoted to food and drink. Whatever your flavour, there should be something to satisfy even the heartiest of musical appetites in this week's selections. Our tasty pick of aural treats features the likes of Snoop Dogg, Bloc Party and Silver Apples…

Session: Cloud Boat part one

A periphery band in every sense of the word: Cloud Boat are located just inside London’s M25 boundary where they have been cutting their own musical path since 2011. With their debut album now a fortnight from release, we caught up with the pair to discover how their sound has evolved since their first slice of R&S woozy electronica two years ago.

Friday playlist: Ben Osborne, Noise of Art

This week’s playlist has been curated by Noise of Art founder Ben Osborne and features a mix of electronic gems straddling dub to disco. Rough edges and smooth sides come courtesy of Rudimental, Basement Jaxx, Ty, Eccentronic Research Council, Symbol One and more. Listen in to get a flavour of his upcoming celebrations that will mark 100 years of electronic music.

Friday playlist: Direction

Welcome to this week's Friday playlist. For this latest installment, we're mulling over the concept of direction. Whether that be north, south, left or right we're all hoping that this week's good weather point towards a sunny weekend and summer. Listen here to the likes of The Smiths, 4 Non Blondes, KC and The Sunshine Band and Dead or Alive among others...

In session: Brand New Heavies part 2

Brand New Heavies are back after a lengthy hiatus and for many they’re sounding better than ever. These acid jazz pioneers have Forward, their first album in six years due out very soon and are due to embark on a whole summer of touring. As a taster you can watch the band play an exclusive version of their big hit Dream on Dreamer for M…

In Session: Brand New Heavies part 1

Ealing’s finest the Brand New Heavies are celebrating almost 30 years together in 2013 with new album Forward. These acid jazz pioneers are heading back out on the road to mark the release and showcase their new material as well as their classic hits. Watch the group play an acoustic version of their new single Sunlight.

Friday playlist: Record Store Day 2013

This week our Friday playlist is celebrating Record Store Day in all its re-issue glory! In preparation for our mammoth shopping trip tomorrow, we've put together our favourite picks from this year's special releases and given a nod to some of the acts who will be coming out in force to support their local record shops.

Friday playlist: songs from adverts

We’ve compiled our favourite songs from adverts for this week’s playlist. Here, you’ll find some of the most iconic songs ever used, from Marvin Gaye's I Heard it Through the Grapevine to Blur's The Universal, and also hear the likes of Giorgio Moroder, Feist, The Knife, Free, This Mortal Coil and Goldfrapp.

Playlist: Story Books

Story Books are a five piece indie rock act doing their best to put Sittingbourne in Kent on the map as a hotbed for new musical talent. Their forthcoming Too Much a Hunter promises big things for them in 2013. Check out their exclusive M playlist featuring Neil Young, Glasser and the Red House Painters…

In session: Nadine Shah

The music of emerging talent Nadine Shah is steeped in melancholy and romance, echoing the murder ballads of Nick Cave or the brooding passion of PJ Harvey. Watch her phenomenal performance of forthcoming song Dreary Town for the Almost Famous showcase last week.