From Beenie Man to Giggs; the story of Rising R&B star Alyssa English

Alyssa English will release her debut single on May 16th ahead of her forthcoming EP called ‘Girlfriend’, to be released May 26th.

Alyssa English is starting to be very well known in UK R&B circles. She has collaborated with dancehall giants Beenie Man and Maxi Priest and also recorded a track with the Award winning UK rapper Giggs, which will be on her forthcoming EP. Given the calibre of these artists and the fact that Alyssa is only a modest 18 years old, she’s definitely one to watch.

Alyssa was born in New York but later moved to Canada where she grew up in a world of music. Not only was she personally passionate but it ran in her family, as they were also musically oriented. Her uncle is in fact soul singer and songwriter Sam Dees, who wrote tracks for legends like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Whitney Houston and George Benson.

Whilst Alyssa can play piano and flute (just to mention a couple), it was learning to sing that her talents were spotted by her then vocal coach. One thing lead to another and her coach put her in touch with Kofi management where William Kofi went on to become her manager, who could see the potential in Alyssa’s voice. From then on she knew that a career in music was the only way she was going to go. At the age of 15 she took the bold decision to move to the UK to follow her musical ambitions, and it seems that this was definitely the right choice! This was actually what influenced the ‘Girlfriend’ track.

Alyssa’s title EP track ‘Girlfriend’ takes a lot musically from the likes of Jason Derulo, JoJo and other R&B stars. In making the track, Alyssa came together with top industry producer Livingstone Brown (Snoop Dogg, Nelly, Shakira), who also helped to co-write the EP, Mike Stephens (Musical Director for Take That) and Luke Smith (an infamous session musician who’s worked with the likes of George Michael to Chaka Khan) for the final product.

Having completed a tour of UK schools so far, she is destined for bigger things with this new release so make sure to keep an eye out! Watch the video for the lead track ‘Girlfriend’ here:

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Lee Basic’s Experimental Music

Lee is a 32 year old musician in the British army. He has a wife and 3 kids as well. Lee has been playing music from a young age. He has a very “basic” setup in his bedroom, which is where his name ‘Lee Basic’ derives from. He uses a desktop PC with digital audio workshop software alongside his guitars. He has a very experimental style, and experiments with all sorts of genres when creating his music.

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Interview with kCAne MarkCO


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  • MuzicNotez Crew: First off, it’s an honor to be doing this interview with you kCAne, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us.

    What motivated you to start creating music? What age did you begin?

    • kCAne MarkCO: Around 12 I would say. My pops was a dj so I was around music from day 1
  • MuzicNotez Crew: Who were your musical influences, idols,or bands growing up that have helped mold you into the musician you are today? Or helped mold the music that you create?
    • kCAne MarkCO: I look up to many Artist and pioneers of hip hop. From as far back as KRS-1 and Takin to Kid Cud and Common. To some degree we as Artist are influenced by prettymuch anything we are exposed to. So I’m careful with what I listen to
  • MuzicNotez Crew: What’s the greatest concert you’ve ever been to or performed?
    • kCAne MarkCO: Shawnna out of the Chi. Her energy is unmatched. If you have never seen her do Rpm live…whew. You gotta see it
  • MuzicNotez Crew: What’s the ultimate goal you want your music to achieve, or for you to achieve in your career as a musician? Any particular message you wish to send?

    • kCAne MarkCO: Respect for self, elders and others. That has always been the message. It’s the main ingredient of my music. If one bar could change one life for the better. Or make one person think twice in the wrong moment so that they do the right thing, perfect.
  • MuzicNotez Crew: How did you come up with the name kCAne MarkCO? What does it mean?
    • kCAne MarkCO: In the marvel Universe Cain Marko is the Juggernaut. I’m a former strongman champion and people used to call me the Midwest juggernaut. it just fit.

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Debut single from electro-classical artist NEOLEKTRA

Album: Birth of a Heroine (3rd June, 2014)
Single: Immortals (20th May, 2014)

Although this may be Neolektra’s first ever solo release, she is hardly new to the world of music. She has already performed as herself (Naomi Tagg) with huge artists like Elton John, Celine Deon and John Legend, and has performed for Richard Branson and Peter Gabriel. Her background is also in producing dramatic and emotional music for visuals, predominantly for advertisers. Her past clients include giants like BMW, Mercedes and Google, along with many more, so she certainly knows how to conjure emotions and capture an audience.

From childhood Naomi has been immersed in musical variety. She grew up in Cape Town, South Africa with 5 siblings, all of whom played at least 3 instruments and a great great grandmother who played the harp for Queen Victoria! The fierce competition to learn and improve drove Naomi to excel at a young age.

She inevitably rose through the traditional ranks of classical music; playing in orchestras, learning how to assemble music professionally and eventually earning herself a scholarship to study music at the University of Cape Town. Neolektra’s real musical character came out of rebellion, however, as she decided to quit her degree before finishing. She hated the formality and structures surrounding the classical world and decided to create something fresh, something which really resonated with her own character and what she loved.

What came about in the following decade was her quest to create a new sound for the violin, to give it a new identity. Rather than stemming from any one particular inspiration, it has been an exploration of the modern violin, from jazz to rock, dance music and soundtrack. The result of which, after many years, is her album ‘Birth of a Heroine’.

Her classical music upbringing has allowed her to create an orchestrally rich album, diverse in genre and instrumentation. Her music is expansive and feels like it is exploring new parameters in traditional music classifications. Indeed, one of the aims of the song and album generally was to take the listener on a musical journey and hope that they come out the rabbit hole with a fresh perspective on music.

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The Reads set to make waves with new album ‘Lost at Sea’

With a sound which has been compared to the likes of Elbow & Doves, The Reads look to build on successful 2011 LP ‘Stories from the Border’

After gaining support from Radio 2 and XFM and being named BBC Radio Wales single of the week four times with songs from their debut album, ambient-indie-electronica six-piece The Reads release follow up ‘Lost At Sea’ on April 21st.

Straddling the North Wales and England border, the band has grown from four members to six since their original founding in 2000. Working hard to find a distinctive sound, they spent years honing their material before finally releasing their debut album ‘Stories from the Border’ in 2011. It was time well spent, as their mix of spaced out production and indie-folk-rock melodies made an immediate impact.

Now they are ready to unleash the follow up, ‘Lost at Sea’, and although the individual songs are as strong as ever, it is very much written as a cohesive album. Keen not to let the album format fall by the wayside in a market dominated by singles and individual song downloads, this is the work of a band working hard to maintain a consistent sound throughout.

Produced and mixed by Jim Spencer (The Charlatans, The Vaccines, New Order) and mastered by Frank Arkwright (Arcade Fire, The Smiths, Joy Division), this 10 song collection marks a genuine step forward for The Reads, who are working to ‘find a home’ for their distinctive sound. And with over a decade of strong songwriting behind them, we wouldn’t bet against it.

Key Dates
Album Launch: Sat 19th April, Telfords Warehouse Chester
Digital album release Monday 21st April

Other confirmed gigs
Sat 26th April – FOCUS Wales. Music Festival & Conference. Central Station, Wrexham
Sun 25th May – Audlem Music Festival, Audlem
Sat 19th July – Spitting Feathers Beer Festival, Waverton

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