Hanspeter Kuenzler

Hanspeter Kuenzler

Hanspeter Kuenzler left Switzerland due to the usual musical differences and arrived in London just as Rip Rig & Panic were tearing up the rule books. He stumbled into journalism more by luck than design. He has been earning his CD tokens by writing about music in particular and the arts in general ever since. Today, his features appear regularly in Switzerland's Neue Zürcher Zeitung, NZZ am Sonntag, Du, Annabelle, and Germany's Musik Express. For several years he produced and presented a weekly music show on the BBC World Service, and he appears frequently on Radio DRS in Switzerland.

Island Records made music history, not least for bringing us Bob Marley. And that was just the beginning. Single-handedly, Chris Blackwell went on to influence what we listen to today

Texas-born Londoner Devonté Hynes, aka Lightspeed Shampion, has travelled a remarkably long distance since he and a couple of teenage pals formed post-punk, pot-funk trio test icicles as a lark six years ago

Music is not – and has never been – the sole domain of the young. Ever since Elvis, that is, when the music industry discovered how easy a market youth was. Here money is spent freely and the young dictate the soundtrack of our times

Out of the blue comes Anna Calvi. The young Londoner’s debut album, bursting with ideas, brings together a sense of rock energy and female sensibility reminiscent of early PJ Harvey, but with more than a touch of the blues

Ever since Ry Cooder gathered a forgotten generation of semi- ancient Cubans to record the seminal Buena Vista Social Club album, there’s been a continual search in all corners of the world to find other ‘scenes’ that might be similarly turned into a global phenomenon. While the excellent film Rocksteady: the Roots of Reggae is following the Buena Vista blueprint almost step by step, documenting the pre-reggae music of Jamaica, a number of African artists who made their names in the 1970s have also profited from this interest in history