Saul Williams: “I started to earn money from reading poems. I didn’t even know you could do that.” Photograph: Geordie Wood

Struggling for recognition never came into it for US poet, writer and actor Saul Williams. On a dodgy phone line from Paris, a city he lived in fro(...)

Stephen Bruner has featured on two of the albums of 2015 so far, Kasami Washington’s The Epic and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, and the bas(...)

DAN CROLL It’s time for Dan Croll’s fantasy festival. Where would you hold it? Somewhere with the natural landscape for it, maybe the Minack Th(...)

Swedish-singer-in-London Fatima Bramme Sey has been the Eglo label’s in-house vocalist of choice over the past few years, appearing on well-received t(...)

Janelle Monae has never been short on ideas and flights of fancy. She’s also, as her dazzling second album shows, not short on songs to go with the(...)

Every night on tour, Janelle Monae would walk over to an easel set up onstage and start to paint. Monae was the star turn, a woman who knew that every(...)

Questlove, whose Mo’ Meta Blues shies from the conventional

You used to know where you stood with music books. If they were authorised biographies and written with the subject’s permission and co-operation, (...)

Carl Craig: Masterpiece

Carl Craig has been at the fore- front of the Detroit techno pack for years, an innovative producer of diverse music, rich in intensity, drama and (...)

Daft Punk

The modern fondness for lists has given us many commendable wastes of time. Between online citadels built entirely on the foundations of numbered f(...)


When Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Suicidal Tendencies and Red Hot Chili Peppers need virtuoso bass lines for a tune or gig, they call Stephen Bruner. But (...)