M magazine online extras: Spring 2013

Check out the best bits of the latest issue of our print mag as well as all the extra goodies we couldn't fit in...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 26 Mar 2013
  • min read
Our latest issue of M (and first of 2013) should be now landing at homes across the UK and beyond. Here you can find a collection of the best bits of the print mag as well as all the extras we couldn't fit in. Get stuck in to a whole heap of great new content below...

Laura Mvula is one of the new wave of female songwriting talent to emerge in 2013 and the cover star for the year's first issue of M. She joins the likes of Jessie Ware and Katy B in doing much to show that British songwriting talent (particularly that of female writers and musicians) is in ruddy health. Read our interview with the classically trained composer, hear about her tips on songwriting and how she became a 'musical magpie' as well as an exclusive playlist featuring some of her best songs, influences and related artists.

OMD's synth-pop helped define the early eighties era and shaped the music of a whole generation of bedroom producers and songwriters. The band have sold more than 40 million records across a lengthy and influential career. Read about their full time in the limelight in our feature, the full interview with OMD's fiery Andy McCluskey and an exclusive playlist from the man himself.


Bristol is currently enjoying something of a musical renaissance with a number of new electronic music songwriters and DJs doing their bit to put the city on the map. The city may be best known for the trip hop and drum and bass years of Massive Attack and Roni Size but there's currently a whole host of artists doing great things in the city. If you look outside the raves and the clubs, then there are indie bands, jazz artists and classical musicians all contributing to a thriving local scene. Check out our interviews with PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish and dance music star Eats Everything for two different perspectives on why Bristol is doing so well...

Sound Effect: Neil Cowley

Neil Cowley is the leader of the Neil Cowley Trio. His group recently won UK Jazz Artist of the Year at the inaugural Jazz FM Awards. He played piano on Adele’s best-selling 21 album and is the PRS for Music Foundation-supported musician in residence at Derry-Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture 2013. We quizzed Neil on the songs which have helped shape his musical life. Read about and listen to his favourite tracks here.

This quarter’s Just Joined feature highlighted new PRS for Music members Mausi, Mt Wolf, Story Books and Elliott Randall. Find out more on the best of our new members to have joined during the last quarter.

2013 has seen a great start to the musical year with a whole host of fantastic releases and songwriting talent emerging. We'll be adding more content from the magazine and other extra goodies over the next week so continue to check this page to see the latest additions.