This week’s music highlights

We have a bunch of nice pre-releases, a couple of artist-made playlists and, of course, some free tickets.

Detroit-born Alex Winston’s Velvet Elvis EP is now available on Spotify. This release showcases Alex’s mix of infectious and avant-garde pop sound and enigmatic lyrical style.

Alex has compiled a personal Spotify playlist of songs that have inspired her. Here she tells us a bit about why she chose them:

“I chose to make a playlist featuring some of the heavy hitters of early rock and roll, not only because it’s one of my favorite genres, but because of how much these songs and artists have influenced today’s contemporary music. I would have given anything to have been a teen in the mid 50′s experiencing such a new and exciting style of music”. You can subscribe to Alex’s playlist here.

We have some more sweet pre-releases for all Spotify users. Check out Ladytron’s album Gravity The Seducer. You can also enjoy Clap Your Hands Say Yeah album pre-release Hysterical. Plus listen to a couple of playlists they have created over here. And Gimme Ten, the latest album of Ungdomskulen, is also available for all Spotify users.

Also we’d like to congratulate PJ Harvey for picking up her second Mercury Prize. Check out the winning album Let England Shake now.

Last but not least, you can now listen and add to your playlists the pe-release sampler from S.C.U.M., Again Into Eyes. And, if you subscribe by the 18th of September to this playlist you get a chance to win a pair of tickets to see S.C.U.M. perform at the NME Radar Tour. Good luck!