@skopemag news for november 18, 2018 @ 9 am est

Kirk Knight Releases New Album “IIWII”

Kirk Knight releases his new album IIWII (It Is What It Is) today via Pro Era Records/RED Music. The 12-track album embodies Kirk’s wide musical skillset as the prodigious New York producer, songwriter and rapper steps into the spotlight as a fully-realized and self-sufficient musician. Kirk Knight is also announcing his headlining show in New York at Rough Trade on January 17th.


Max Styler and The Griswolds Come Together On “Light Me Up”

California producer Max Styler links up with Australian indie rock band The Griswolds on the feel good track, “Light Me Up.” Through picturesque production, Styler formulates a vivacious piano house / indie pop fusion, highlighting The Griswolds’ compelling vocal melodies.

Caroline Grace Releases New Single, On Tour with Kyle & Marc E. Bassy

LA-based pop singer Caroline Grace dropped her new single “Leave My Heart Alone” while opening for Kyle, Marc E. Bassy and Tobi Lou last night in San Diego, CA.
“Leave My Heart Alone” is the second of a series of singles Caroline will release under her brand new label/production company, Illuminate Creative Group, throughout this year and 2019. Listen to “Leave My Heart Alone” on Spotify and Apple Music now.

“The track is reminiscent of the legendary pop acts of the past like Debbie Gibson and Robyn, with a jazzy piano and Caroline’s sultry R&B influenced vocals flying atop.” – Ladygunn



Interscope Records is thrilled to announce the release of Creed II: The Album — the original motion picture soundtrack for the latest installment in the legendary Rocky saga. Executive-produced by Grammy Award-winning producer/songwriter Mike WiLL Made-It, Creed II: The Album features appearances by more than two dozen of the biggest names in hip-hop.

Indie folk band No Sailor new single & video “21 Rules”, off upcoming album

The video for “21 Rules” provides an intimate and warm performance with the band. “We shot the music video one evening in a friend’s hand-built barn in Bucks County, Pennsylvania,” shared vocalist Kieran Garvey. “When I first saw the place I knew we had to use it for a video or a concert. It’s a stunning space, a two level pristine clean barn built Amish style – without using a single nail in the framing, so it’s all wood-peg and slotted joints. The setting was a perfect complement to our sound.” A rustic yet warm invitation is set, providing a perfect introduction to the band. Garvey’s bright vocals interweave with dancing violin lines, and a melodious blend of guitar, piano, bass and drums for a lively track that will have all listeners following along.

New Video: MF Doom “One Beer” + MM.. Food Album Anniversary

Pop-Punk Outfit, Keep True, Release Brand New EP ‘Digging Up Bones’ Today!

Kansas City pop-punk band, Keep True, are thrilled to release their debut EP, Digging Up Bones” out today. The name for the EP derives from digging up old emotions that you wish would stay buried, but somehow keep working themselves up above ground again. The band notes, “Digging Up Bones is our attempt at trying to bring back the classic sound of pop-punk that forged the genre 30 years ago. It’s about heartbreak, holding grudges, letting go of them, and growing up.”

Swimming Tapes “Easy Strand” video

The track acts as a wistful nod to their younger selves. Of the video, director Laurie Barraclough says “A song about nostalgia needed a video about nostalgia, so we rented a vintage car and shot the video like a home-movie. Long car journeys (in the rain) are a big part of growing up and we wanted a video that was exactly that – a car journey.”

Rob Hayes Music Video Premiere – ‘4 Days’

Nights Like Thieves – “This Broken Satellite” Video Premiere

Nights Like Thieves is a melodic, emo, punk and rock band based out of Southern California. Featuring four musicians with longstanding history in the punk and rock scenes in both the West and Mexico, their sound varies from an upbeat, intricate and melodic vibe to slower, more rhythmically-charged pace. Through combined years of experience, Nights Like Thieves function like a well-oiled machine – impressively, efficiently, and powerfully.

Sumner | ‘Put It Out’ single release – Nov 23

Winners of Josh Pyke Partnership Grant for 2018, made possible by Josh Pyke, APRA AMCOS, Select Music and Wonderlick Entertainment.

Jake Miller Drops New Single “Wait for You”

Sony’s RED MUSIC recording artist, singer-songwriter, and producer Jake Miller has released his new single “Wait For You” today via all digital retailers. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Miller, the new track combines his signature blend of pop with heavier electronic influences. To celebrate the release, Jake will host a special birthday performance at New York’s Highline Ballroom on Wednesday, November 28th. Tickets for the show are still available at jakemiller.com/shows.


The song was written by Kumari in collaboration with Sean Garrett, who produced the track. The anthem is set to appear on her forthcoming new EP, which is set for release in early 2019 via Epic Records.


“Glowie is poised to be Scandinavia’s next big music export…a Bona fide pop star” – Vogue

NYC Duo paris_monster Debut New Song “Andalusia” Off Upcoming Album ‘Lamplight’

NYC duo paris_monster has dropped a new song titled “Andalusia” off their upcoming debut album ‘Lamplight’ due out early next year.

Holygram releases debut ‘Modern Cults’ LP

German post-punk shoegaze outfit HOLYGRAM have released their long-awaited debut LP ‘Modern Cults’. Comprised of eleven tracks, this album is now available on CD and double vinyl, as well as digitally via Cleopatra Records. The band also just kicked off their North American tour with one of the biggest electronic bands on the planet, VNV Nation and Charlottesville, VA artist The Rain Within.

Loso Loaded Shows Us His Side of Atlanta in “Stayed Down” Video

ATL rapper Loso Loaded turns heads with his versatile approach to the mic and his facility with earwormy hooks. Coming through with a charming slice-of-life video, Loso Loaded shares “Stayed Down,” his latest music video. A whirring and defiant party-starter of a single, “Stayed Down” finds Loso and featured artist Big 36 recalling their bumpy roads to success, and sneering at those without the ambition or initiative to emerge out the mud. In the video, Loso and Big 36 brood in close-up, posting up outside a convenience store as Losospends some quality time with his daughter. Premiered by XXL, “Stayed Down” provides a revealing glimpse of a day in Loso’s life in the trap. “Stayed Down” is the first video released from Bases Loaded Fully, his new mixtape released earlier this week.

“Destroyers of All debuts the first single lyric video from the new album “The Vile Manifesto”. Pre-orders now available!

To celebrate the announcement of the new album, the band has premiered the lyric video “False Idols” as the first display of new music. “The song’s about the atrocities operated by a military unit that performed pseudo science in order to prove a point – and failed”, says the vocalist João Mateus, who clearly states “the lyric is a heartfelt tribute to all the victims of war.”


Today, Vicky Cornell through the Chris Cornell Estate unveiled the music video for “When Bad Does Good,” a previously-unreleased song that appears on the self-titled album, Chris Cornell also released today. Shot this fall, the video features Chris and Vicky Cornell’s son, Christopher playing a young Chris Cornell as a paper boy in Seattle, representing who Chris was and where he came from, paying tribute to his hometown of Seattle. Song lyrics from Cornell’s illustrious career are hidden throughout showcasing the breadth of his songwriting as a poet and lyricist. The video features mementos and places that played a part in Chris’ life and was directed by Kevin Kerslake (Soundgarden’s “Loud Love” & “Hands All Over”).


Island Prolific/Atlantic Records recording artist, Ayanis, has officially unveiled her debut EP, DIRECTION. Her EP is now available at all DSPs and streaming services. Download/stream here.

International Superstar Kris Wu Releases Video For Latest Single “Coupe” Featuring Rich The Kid

Two weeks after releasing his debut album Antares, international superstar Kris Wu and Interscope Records labelmate Rich The Kid have released a video for their hit single “Coupe.” The video follows the global announcement of Wu as the face of Louis Vuitton.


“Space travel rock’n’roll” – that’s how the band initially self-identified their sound. This was back in the 1990s, before the aspirational dreams of the computer age collided with reality. Across the four-album arc of their first era – Raise (1991); Mezcal Head (1993); Ejector Seat Reservation (1995); 99th Dream (1997) – Swervedriver made music that was all about the journey: songs called “For Seeking Heat”, “Planes Over The Skyline”, “Juggernaut Rides”, “93 Million Miles From The Sun And Counting”. Swervedriver simulated the thrill of propulsion, the euphoric arrival, the anticipation of going back again (or not)… of moving on.

Blinky Bill | new video

Nairobi-based rapper & producer Bill shot this surreal new video for trap-influenced single ‘Don’t Worry’ at Detroit’s Heidelberg community art project (https://www.heidelberg.org/). Bill filmed with leading Kenyan director & Andrew Mageto, when the pair had some down time whilst in Detroit to give a talk on Afrofuturism.

Dutch producer/songwriter AKA Block shares new single ‘Souvenir’

Today, Amsterdam based AKA Block (real name: Tim Blok) releases new single ‘Souvenir’ (feat Tray Haggerty) – the second cut to be lifted from upcoming debut mixtape, ‘drop, ripple, OCEAN’ – set to arrive in January 2019.

New Music Friday: Derez De’Shon “Whaddup Doe” ft. Mozzy, New Album Pain 2 Out December 14!

Today, platinum-certified rapper Derez De’Shon announced the release of his upcoming album Pain 2 [Commission Music/BMG] with a new single “Whaddup Doe” featuring Sacramento rapper Mozzy. The track truly embodies the essence of modern-day rap as it brings together two of hip-hop’s hottest talents. Get it HERE.

Lowland Hum Premiere New Song at Billboard, New Album Out February 22

The band also announced the beginning of their U.S. album release tour. Following the six-date holiday run in support of their upcoming vinyl release of critically acclaimed Songs For Christmas Time, Lowland Hum will recalibrate and kick off from Washington D.C. to promote Glyphonic


“I decided to cover ‘Winter Wonderland’ because it takes me back to being a kid in Philly, watching inches upon inches of snow fall to the ground and praying for those three extra snow days to be added to Christmas break,” explains Devon Gilfillian. “It takes me back to Pops making silver dollar pancakes on Christmas morning, and singing Bing Crosby’s version of this tune. I wanted to hold on to the nostalgia I feel from this song but also put a modern soul spin on it.”


On the heels of his critically-acclaimed debut album, One In A Million, Norwegian powerhouse producer Matoma has unveiled the trailer for the full length documentary of the same name. One In A Million (The Documentary) takes fans behind-the-scenes of Tom’s creative process, upbringing, and inspiring approach to the crazy electronic music scene. Director Tobias Frøystad spent two years on the road with Matoma, capturing his ups and downs and his search for balance in an industry which is tougher than he ever thought it would be. One In A Million is an audio-visual cocktail giving an inside look at the music as well as Matoma’s personal and professional journey. One In A Million arrives everywhere December 18th. Watch the high-energy trailer here.

Rozzi Releases Debut Album, “Bad Together”

Today, singer-songwriter Rozzi released her debut album, Bad Together, via Small Giant Records. The album is a diary of Rozzi’s life. After being discovered by Adam Levine at just 19 years old and thrust into the life of a touring musician, Rozzi realized that she had been so focused on success that she hadn’t been living her life. So, Rozzi started living. Most notably she fell in love for the first time and had her heart broken. She felt things she had never felt before, she found herself, and then she wrote about it. Rozzi co-wrote every song on the record and worked with notable producers such as David Schuler (Pink, Backstreet Boys, John Legend), Nick Ruth (Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Carly Rae Jepsen), and Pretty Sister (Betty Who, JoJo, Nathan Sykes).

Jared & The Mill release “Kelsee’s Shelves” + announce tour dates 

Along with the release of “Kelsee’s Shelves,” the band has announced a handful of tour dates where they will be partnering with Can’d Aid where every dollar sold from tickets, a dollar will be donated to Can’d Aid in support of their mission to spread “do-goodery.” We’d love to have your help in supporting the band’s commitment to changing the world around them and see if you could post the news on both the track and upcoming dates!

Wylder Premieres “Ready to Break” via Ones To Watch

Wylder writes rhythmic, haunting and lyrically-driven indie-folk with a penchant for strange, foreboding storytelling about family and loss.

Martin Jensen Releases New Single ‘Somebody I’m Not’

Martin Jensen is thrilled to release his latest single ‘Somebody I’m Not’ today, November 16th. The song shines a light on today’s social media and status obsessed nature, with lines like, ‘She said you’re rich and famous / And that’s all I need to know.’

New Media Superstar Fatboy SSE Shares Boobie From The Block Album, Drops “Chase Freestyle” Video

Combining his sense of humor, motivational speech, and street smarts to become a social media star, Fatboy SSE’s boisterous personality is a natural fit for hip-hop. Ready to return to music, his first love, Fatboy shares Boobie From The Block, his new mixtape. Bursting with the humor, charisma, and personality that Fatboy’s 5.3 million Instagram followers have come to expect, Boobie From The Block showcases Fatboy’s strength as an emcee, as he energetically packs as many punchlines as possible into each track.