Music Mirror reflects on Rene Byrd’s Never Never Never featuring John Holt

Rene Byrd started her musical career as a singer songwriter by participating in numerous talent contests inter-college competition based in London, which nurtured stars including Daniel and Natasha Bedingfield. Then, aged 14, she joined a band as a backup vocalist. Rene is third generation West Indian and she comes from a religious and musical background. Her father was a music producer and her uncle is a Gospel singer known as Bishop John Francis who had a gospel TV show broadcasted on Channel 4 called People Get Ready. Francis’ choir sang once for Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Variety Show. Rene recalls: ‘it was a regular occurrence to see my uncle on TV and he inspired me to sing. His voice is amazing!’ Her most vivid memory as a young child was being side-stage at an open-air concert in London watching Sade, Sting and Tracey Chapman perform which blew her away. So inspired was Rene that she ran on stage, grabbed the mic and spoke to the crowd. Rene has performed at Elstree Film Studios, at a TG Foundation’s charity event featuring Lady Gaga’s designer Vera Thordardottir, at Paris Fashion Week and on Live at The Forge, Delancey Street in Camden, […]

Music Mirror reflects on upcoming release Riding the Storm by Jason Fernandes

DJ and artist Jason Fernandes began DJing at the age of 14, started using music software while still a teenager, which led him on to producing his own music, which he first released aged 23. London-based Jason Fernandes’ music has been released on Carl Cox’s Intec label and Adam Beyer’s Drumcode label and he had a track featured on BBC Radio 1’s Essential mix recorded live from Space in Ibiza with Carl Cox. In line with many good DJs and producers, Jason’s inspiration comes from many different artists and styles. He has built a substantial following amongst the techno community. On creating his own music, Jason uses the thoughts and emotions he is experiencing at the time, for example: “Riding The Storm in particular reflects on the storm of life with its ups and downs, which we are all trying to ride.” After releasing music on Carl Cox’s Intec label, Carl heard and subsequently signed all 7, which lead to two EPs in 2015. Jason has played DJ sets in Holland, Poland, Malta, France, Norway and the UK, including various headline slots and alongside leading, established techno acts. In 2015, Jason showcased a set of his own music in Holland […]

Radiohead Catalog B-Sides Vanish From Streaming Services

Radiohead Catalog Being Transferred to XL, Old B-Sides Vanish From Streaming Services XL: “The main albums are being made available in their original form as a start, before non-LP material is reconfigured” Some vintage Radiohead B-sides have gone missing from streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, as Music Ally reports. The tracks were part of “Special Collectors Edition” versions of the band’s albums prior to 2007’s In Rainbows. Those deluxe editions have also disappeared from the services. Among the B-sides missing are The Bends-era tracks “Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong” and “The Trickster” as well as OK Computer-era cuts “How I Made My Millions” and “Palo Alto.” Update (4/5 5:17 a.m.): XL, a Beggars Group imprint, has released a statement confirming Radiohead’s back catalog is being transferred to the label from Parlaphone. Read the full statement below. A spokesperson for XL said: “This is the first step in the transfer of Radiohead’s back catalogue from Parlophone to XL. The main albums are being made available in their original form as a start, before non-LP material is reconfigured.” XL previously released Thom Yorke’s The Eraser; Radiohead’s In Rainbows and The King Of Limbs (worldwide excluding North America); and Atoms For Peace’s […]