Jason Macdoombe

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Jason Macdoombe is a songwriter from London, United Kingdom. Jason started learning the piano aged 7 and guitar aged 14 and developed a love for writing his own music and songs during his teen years. Jason’s songs can generally be described as a mixture of pop and rock with melodic harmonies.

 

In September 2017, Jason released his first single “The One” and is currently recording further singles for release in the near future.

 

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Alphonso Archer

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Alphonso Archer – Formula For Life

Alphonso Archer is a musician with more experience and history than most. A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in his early 50’s, he has spent most of his life experimenting with genres, refining his skills, and being the very heart of several bands. Ranging from heavy metal to jazz and funk, Alphonso has managed to make his mark in a number of ways, but a solo project had always seemed to escape his grasp until now.

 

The story behind ‘Formula For Life’, Alphonso’s debut solo work, is one of survival and personal reflection. In November of 2016, Alphonso was diagnosed with prostate cancer, a condition he still survives with today. It was a heavy blow, but not the only piece of bad news that the year had in store, and in December he visited his local GP because of a sharp pain in his eye. The GP told him it was simply due to dry eyes from wearing his contact lenses, dismissing Alphonso’s complaints and pain. Two days of arguing and a well-placed A4 page complaint letter, and the doctors finally admitted him for a brain scan. What they found was an arteriovenous malformation on his brain alongside an aneurysm.

In the Summer of 2017, Alphonso underwent radiosurgery. He was given a formula to calculate the risk of a bleed on the brain or stroke, which eventually became his ‘Formula For Life’. Thankfully everything went well for Alphonso, and the events that passed became the inspiration for his album. Alongside a score of top session musicians in the US, he brought his songs to life.

 

A nine-track collection that is instilled with Alphonso’s own tastes and philosophies, ‘Formula For Life’ is a fine balance of opposites. Opening track ‘You Don’t Even Notice’ emits a dark atmosphere, borrowing vocals from Sherena Dugani and portraying powerful emotions with every beat. Meanwhile, the dark is balanced by festive light on the Christmas single ‘Peace & Love New Reigns (Christmas Is Here)’, a small piece with big flare that could easily fit onto any Christmas compilation. Elsewhere, tracks such as ‘Omens’, co-written by Will Lawton, slow down the tempo of the album, moving away from fast-paced anthemics in favour of more restrained, acoustic melodies. The balance is restored and the tempo cranked up through ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone (RAP Version)’ and ‘Crazy World’, two tracks with amped up production and unrelenting energy.

A bright light undeniably shines on the title track, ‘Formula For Life’, a slick jazz-infused piece that manages to bring emotion and entertainment in equal, brilliant amounts. It’s an incandescent flash in a very mixed, but entertaining release.

Without a doubt, there is talent and vision aplenty in ‘Formula For Life’, with the thoughts, reflections, and philosophies of Alphonso’s past year spilling out and creating a patchwork of vibrant colour and sound. ‘Formula For Life’ is a release that is definitely worth your attention.

 

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Patrick DeVille

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Patrick has played in a variety of groups over the years and is now doing a lot of solo work. You can find a lot of his work on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and many other music platforms. He writes songs that you love to sing. Many of them echo the sixties and seventies in a songwriter mode that echoes those eras but are fresh as the “Sunshine”. Beautiful fun songs for today and every day.

 

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Alyssa Sequoia

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Alyssa Grew up in Westchter County NY – She was deeply inspired by the music found in her family record collection with its extreme diversity from Simon and Garfunkle to Sarah Vaughn to stand-up comics and so much more it became her world. With no formal music education Alyssa’s earliest memories are of writing songs. She began singing her originals and jazz standards in cafes and clubs in NYC when she was nineteen and began to explore her sound – an eclectic mix of jazz, folk, rap, world and soul. Alyssa has continued preforming in NY and beyond and still exploring her sound today – She has recorded 2 full length albums “~within~”, “Queen Annes Lace”, and two five songs albums, “Flow With Me” and “Alyssa Live” along with various singles and re-mixes. Alyssa’s music can be heard on radio stations across the country and Europe.

 

 

 

 

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The Midnight River Crew

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“Scirocco” was developed at Arvon, Totleigh Barton, Devon, UK. October 2014; during a songwriters retreat hosted by Chris Difford and Kathryn Williams.

 

Written by Mark Johnson

 

Cat Marshall: Lead and Harmony Vocals

 

Mark Johnson: Guitars and Harmonica

 

Phil Johnson: Ukulele

 

Paul Midcalf: Keyboards, Bass, Drums, and Percussions

 

Produced by ‘The Sorcerer’ Paul Midcalf at Audio Sorcery Recording Studios, Royal Tunbridge Wells. Kent, UK.

 

October 2015. The Midnight River Crew albums ‘My City Of Fire’ and ‘Going Live, South Of The Equator’ are available now from all the usual places! ‘My City Of Fire’ also features the stunning album artwork by Cat Marshall.

 

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