@skopemag News For September 22, 2018 @ 6 AM EST



By all accounts, Sonal Jogia has gone against the grain her entire life…and her musical journey is no exception. Having written and released her first album in her early thirties, this Canadian R&B songstress, who left her home and belongings 8 years ago to live in Spain, has battled through insecurity and conformity head-on… and won.

Her debut EP, Lovely Day, received a nomination for Best Urban Recording of the Year at the Breakout West Awards (Western Canadian Music Awards). Since then, she has performed countless live shows and has also collaborated and shared the stage with renowned Spanish producers and artists. Feeling the need for more independence and to further enhance her creativity, Sonal decided to pick up the acoustic guitar. Within a 9-month period, she began to accompany herself on stage as a solo act.

Pop/Folk Artist OLIVIA FRANCES Reaches 100K Streams on SoundCloud

“Evergreen,” the title track to Olivia Frances’ second album, garners 1,000 streams per day by fans worldwide, according to SoundCloud’s algorithms. SoundCloud statistics show that Frances’ top listeners are based in the United States, South Korea, and Ukraine.

Oakland r&b/afropop band Bells Atlas share ‘Salt and Soap’ EP in full with AFROPUNK

The name SALT AND SOAP is inspired by cleansing rituals and preservation methods. When you’re not accustomed to releasing your most personal stories, the idea is to take a moment to prepare for this shift — this new way of being open. The EP is a projection, a prayer out, and an invitation to the band’s upcoming album The Mystic.

GENOCIDE PACT Releases “Blood Rejection” Video

Washington, DC-based death metal act GENOCIDE PACT shares their new “Blood Rejection” music video in conjunction with the kickoff of the Relapse Contamination Tour 2018 today!

Machine Gun Kelly Drops New EP BINGE

Machine Gun Kelly (EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope Records) has packed his spitfire personality and rapid rhymes into his latest EP BINGE, now available on all digital platforms. The project comes during a high-profile time for the rapper who just made headlines with controversial diss track, “Rap Devil,” which debuted this week at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 while also peaking at #1 on iTunes. Machine Gun Kelly emerged as a force to be reckoned with, unleashing his fury on the four-verse track. MGK also treats fans to an intensely personal video for the EP track, “Lately”. The expectedly dark video emphasizes the rapper’s present state of mind as he lyrically weaves in details of his life. Watch HERE.

Scarves shares new math-rocker “Sweet Tooth” | On full US tour

The track premiered via All Things Go where the band’s Niko Stathakopoulos shares, “So last year I decided to take the big leap and grow out my beard. There is this strange moment where you look in the mirror, and although the day before you didn’t, today you definitely do have a beard. In that moment you sort of take a look at your own character sheet, do inventory on your experiences and such, and then have a complete identity crisis. That’s what ‘Sweet Tooth’ is about.”

Edward David Anderson Shares Title Track Of New Muscle Shoals Recording ‘Chasing Butterflies’ – Out 10/19

“The story of my life’s written on my skin,” sings Edward David Anderson on the devilishly sardonic “Bad Tattoos” from his soon to be released Chasing Butterflies (Black Dirt Records – Oct. 19, 2018). The song, like the artist, is brutally honest and has a worn feel; like it’s coming from someone that has been around and put in the miles. “I don’t think I could have written these tunes when I was 25,” Anderson explains. “Everything I’ve done, the people I’ve met, all the places I’ve been, have brought me to this moment.”

Song Premiere: “Chasing Butterflies” by Edward David Anderson


Three-time Grammy-nominated and platinum-selling artist Elle King today released a brand-new song — “Naturally Pretty Girls” — from her forthcoming second studio album SHAKE THE SPIRIT, which is out October 19th via RCA Records. Elle self-produced, played bass, and co-wrote “Naturally Pretty Girls,” a salty track about being an atypical beauty, with Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie.

Felly Releases His New Track and Video “Miami” and Announces Tour

Connecticut rapper Felly releases his new track and video “Miami” today via Sony Music Entertainment/Same Plate Entertainment. The Jake Standley-directed video follows Felly around the city in staple Miami locations. The track will appear on the rapper’s new album Surf Trap (September 28) and is available today across all digital service providers.

QUIX Releases “Giving Up” and Announces “Illusions” Tour

Following the release of “Hero” with Vincent, QUIX is back with the second single from his forthcoming Illusions EP. Premiered today via PopMatters, “Giving Up (feat. Jaden Michaels)” arrives alongside the announcement of QUIX’s much-anticipated headlining lllusions North American tour dates.

Edward and Jane release new anthem “Take Me With You” + new EP out 9/28 + release show 10/13

“[‘Take Me With You’] features an amazing gospel backing chorus, heavy piano, and of course the bright voices of Edward and Jane,” says American Standard Time of the band’s new single, officially out everywhere now. The Chattanooga, Tennessee-based folk-rock collective’s new song is featured on their new EP Too Early To Tell; Edward and Jane will celebrate the album’s release with show at The Camp House in Chattanooga on October 13th. “Take Me With You” is the third song from the album, set for release on September 28th, and was featured today on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist.

AST Tracks: Edward and Jane -“Take Me With You”

Town Mountain Releases “Down Low” feat. Tyler Childers

oday, noted bluegrass group Town Mountain unveils “Down Low” featuring Tyler Childers, the third single from their forthcoming record. A few years ago, banjo player Jesse Langlais and Childers teamed up to write what would become the closing cut for their forthcoming record, New Freedom Blues. “To me, ‘Down Low’ has a Waylon vibe, which is a damn good vibe to have,” Langlais says. “My favorite line in the song, which was a Tyler line, is, ‘I’ve been getting into meanness on the dark end of the street.’ Ahh, that’s downright lonesome.” The track is available today on Amazon, Apple Music, and Spotify.

Curtsy Releases Fun New Video For “A Better Pet”

“A Better Pet” combines unforgiving rhythmic momentum with captivating melodies to evoke the self-destructive apprehension that too often plagues the insecure romantic. It’s about an individual who picks fights in their first relationship because they’re more comfortable with chaos than coming to terms with the idea of needing someone. The video concept revolves around freedom from insecurity–allowing yourself to enjoy life with the people you love in a no-rules territory. We want to enjoy life and have fun with no strings attached. Sharing these kinds of moments with the people we love is the greatest feeling in the world. These are nights where we feel free and have more fun than we’ve had in a long time.

Atlanta artist K Michelle DuBois previews ‘Orchid’

Atlanta-based indie pop artist K Michelle DuBois presents her new ‘Orchid’ single ahead of releasing new ‘Harness’ LP, slated for release in October. She recently released the lead single ‘Wild Weed’.

‘Harness’ is DuBois’ third solo release. While most of DuBois’ solo output intertwines classic power-pop with 90s college rock, ‘Harness’ boasts a heftier sonic tone than her previous album ‘Astral Heart’ (2016) with its bouncy rhythms, jangly guitars and sing-song charm.

TRAP BECKHAM Announces New EP ‘Happy Belated’, Out Sept. 28 – Drops Music Video For “Classy N Ratchet”

Jacksonville native and rising hip-hop star Trap Beckham has announced the release of his upcoming EP, Happy Belated, available at all DSPs next Friday, September 28 via Stevie Stacks Entertainment/EMPIRE. This release marks the follow-up to his 2017 debut EP Life Is Lit- which spawned a new catch phrase, “Lil Booties Matter,” and featured Cardi B’s little sister and reality star Hennessy Carolina as the lead in the video- and this summer’s scorching hot Evil Emoji mixtape. Happy Belated consists of 8 high energy and infectiously catchy tracks that showcase Trap’s undeniable forte of crafting wild party anthems that will light up any dance floor.

PREMIERE: TRAP BECKHAM – “Classy N Ratchet” (Video)

Tiny Deaths Share New LP Via PopMatters | ‘Magic’ LP Out Today On Handwritten Records

PopMatters has shared the new LP from Tiny Deaths’ entitled ‘Magic’. Prior to this, Billboard shared the video for their single “Don’t Let Go”, Tidal shared the video for “Us”, with the single originally debuting on The 405. A.V. Club premiered the first single “Always” in May. The duo’s new LP ‘Magic’ is out today via Handwritten Records. It is the follow up to their 2017 LP ‘Elegies’