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Matthew Chicoine may have come to New Zealand via Detroit but musically he's still an inhabitant of this notoriously downtrodden American metropolis. Chicoine is more widely known as Recloose and he discusses his new retrospective Early Works while celebrating Detroit's potent, yet elusive qualities.

Jean Grae

This distinctive New York rapper shares her love of words, imagination and following your bliss with Emma Smith

Darren Watson

You may remember this talented local blues man from Chicago Smoke Shop. He talks to Trevor Reekie about his love of authentic blues and the fresh techniques which have contributed to the sound of his new album.