@skopemag news for december 15, 2018 @ 9 am est

CYANIDE SUNDAE Release New Official Video & Single From The Upcoming Album ‘Blinded Generation’

Coming hot of the heels of their last single, Let Me Out Of Here, UK alternative hard rockers Cyanide Sundae have released a new official single and video with another cut from their forthcoming album Blinded Generation due for release on January 29th next year. The track Better Now is an anthem of moving forward from feelings and emotions left far behind!

LEISURE unveils slick new single, ‘Falling’ | Out Now via Nettwerk

Blessed with slow and seductive elements, ‘Falling’ flaunts a deep and brooding bassline and serves as an understated effort laced with a commanding vocal presence that swells and fills the production.

New Release – Bellhouse “Coping”

Bellhouse, aka Emma-Lee Andersson, occupies that perfect place where soul meets the mainstream edge. She is no run-of-the-mill pop star. A trained truck driver who would have chosen a career in criminology if it weren’t for her music, Bellhouse learned the ropes on stage in a punk band as an early teen.


Today, ZAYN releases his second album Icarus Falls, globally via RCA Records. The album, a dichotomy between the light and dark, follows a concept inspired by the Greek myth of Icarus.

The first disc, ICARUS brings light with joyous, anthemic tracks including the hit single “Let Me,” the swooning track “Common” and the love song released this week, “There You Are.”

Stephen Michael Murphy song – “Waiting For Believers”

Skope single submission: Godz Chyld, “Know The Ledge”

Godz Chyld says his new album is about “how everything in life is a game – whether it’s the music game, the business game or just this game of life in general. This is about going against that game and just being free. Winning at your own game by refusing to play theirs.”

Young Readers Releases Chilling Rendition of “Silent Night”

The holiday single from indie folk artist, Young Readers, captures an undisturbed shimmering blanket of snow bathed in the light of a full moon. A bare, stirring acapella version of the Christmas classic, “Silent Night” delicately rises like a cold exhale evaporating toward the night sky. The melody commands attention, and warms from within as Jordan Herrera sings each tender word. “Silent Night” is out today and streaming on all major platforms.

Summer Heart feels like an outsider on ‘Touch’ // Kitsuné

Earlier this year, Summer Heart aka frontman and producer David Alexander announced his plans for a new singles project dubbed #12SongsOfSummer, in which he would release a brand new track each and every month. And after the glowing reception received for the most recent three cuts ‘Ace Of Pentacles’, ‘Subside’ and ‘Aftershock’, and with continued support from French fashion label Kitsuné, he has now unveiled the next instalment ‘Touch’, available from the 14th December via Perfect Texture.

BAMBOO STAR: Hard Rock from Hong Kong

Bamboo Star are every bit as interesting and culturally unique as their hometown of Hong Kong. Like their fast-paced city, Bamboo Star’s music, recorded with LA-based producer Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Airbourne, Shinedown), is high-energy. The band makes their entry into the US market with their dazzling EP “No Hard Feelings”. The EP was pre-launched into college radio in November 2018 and has hit #8 on the NACC Heavy Top 30 as of the first week of December 2018.

Freedom Candlemaker Shares “Astral Body” Video | “Beaming Light” Lp Out in February

Of the single Lefteris says: “With astral body in a way I am referring to something that is found to be hard to obtain, unreachable, but at the same time to the strong desire to reach that state. Under the repetitive robotic patterns it is essentially a song about transcending oneself, overcoming fear and finding the courage to live up to one’s full potential. It’s relentless groove is meant to put in a trance and take you on a journey within.”


“Road Trip” es un tema divertido y aventurero que contiene un video musical misterioso. El video toma lugar en un mansión embrujada por mujeres bellas, adonde los artistas del tema son seducidos por mujeres invisibles. Para ver que es realidad y que es imaginación, tendrás que ver el video musical.

Boy Wonder dijo, “Trabajar con esta nueva generación de talentosos artistas ha sido una increíble experiencia que me ha permitido ver la evolución del genero y capturándolo en una cancion tan fresca, ha sido monumental. Mi pasion por la musica ha recibido nueva vida.”


Gerard Way releases new single today via Reprise Records. Gerard has been playing/working in the studio lately – so we are being blessed with a third track in two months.

Audra Mae, Judy Garland’s Great Grand-Niece, Sings “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”

“For me, ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ is about wishing the present away for the future,” explains Mae. “We all fall into the trap of believing that happiness is really somewhere else – rather than right here, right now. I think this song illustrates that melancholy mindset better than any other.”


This week, Queen Naija’s rising hit “Medicine” ascends to #1 at Urban AC. Showing no signs of stopping or slowing down, the single has quickly become a favorite across airwaves nationwide. Not only did it take the #1 spot at Urban AC, but it also holds #1 at BDS for the second straight week, and it emerges as the “Greatest Gainer” yet again. Representing an important milestone for the artist, this marks her first #1 on any radio chart. In addition, Queen Naija released “War Cry” today.


The critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, and producer co-wrote and co-produced this Christmas original. Over finger-snaps and warm acoustic guitar, a fiery falsetto accentuates his croon as he admits, “I stopped believing in Santa when you said goodbye, love.” Perfect for anyone who ever underwent heartbreak on a holiday, he once again breaks from tradition and decidedly blazes a trail of his own.

Sarah P. celebrates feminine power with Maenads EP + self-directed visuals for “Lotus Eaters”

“Lotus Eaters is the second part of a visual trilogy where I’m exploring the female power and the way it’s viewed by the society. On the first video for Mneme, I chose the theme of innocence – the way that society expects a young girl/woman to be. Inspired by the original Boeotian Ancient Greek Muses Mneme, Aoide and Melete, the women on my video are carefree, playful – yet, in moments, contemplative, melancholic or “absent”. In combination with the other two videos, the message is that society can’t and shouldn’t put a woman in a box – they should instead empower her and believe in her for all she can achieve.


Kodak Black will celebrate today’s arrival of DYING TO LIVE with a high-profile TV appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, December 17th. Kodak will also be performing this weekend, Saturday December 15th, at LA’s Rolling Loud festival.

boy bamboo – ‘Lola’ (Video)

NJ’s Highwind Premieres Debut Single/Music Video “Afterlife (How’ve You Been?)”

The majority of Afterlife was written around two years ago, when my one of my best friends passed away in a car crash. The song, as well as the music video, are both in memory of Adam Rarela. Adam left an amazing impact on my life. Afterlife is meant to be a conversation with Adam after his passing. The entire song is full of references to things he did, things he loved, and things we did to celebrate his life after he passed away. Highwind is my first attempt at writing for any kind of solo project.


Multi-platinum recording artist Christina Perri has announced the release of a brand new album, songs for carmella: lullabies & sing-a-longs. Arriving via Elektra Records, the January 17th release date is timed to celebrate the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s eponymous daughter Carmella’s first birthday. songs for carmella: lullabies & sing-a-longs is available now for pre-order.


GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum super producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Zaytoven and iconic gospel singer Haddon unwrap seven smooth original Christmas anthems. Powered by piano-driven production, warm R&B and upbeat hip-hop energy punctuate delicate delivery and stunning vocal runs. “Holiday Bae-cation” warms up the season just as much as a cackling fire does, while “Make Love On Christmas” brings the seduction with a big bow.

Indonesian superstar, AGNEZ MO releases remix of “Overdose” ft. JUICY J  

Vaulting to the forefront of pop culture in North America and beyond, AGNEZ MO’s breakout single “Coke Bottle” featuring Timbaland & T.I. accumulated over 16 million views within a few months’ time. Her 2017 independent EP, X, yielded fan favorites “Damn I Love You” and “Long As I Get Paid” and received acclaim from Idolator, Vogue, Hollywood Life, and more.

“Overdose” notably marks AGNEZ MO’s debut for 300 Entertainment, which she signed to earlier this year, and immediately hit 28 radio stations and shot to #1 on iTunes in Indonesia upon release. The video for the track reached over 1 million views within 24 hours.

Today, the artist debuts a stellar new remix of “Overdose” featuring RIAA multi-platinum artist Juicy


Singer/songwriter/producer Quinn XCII has released his new song “Tough” featuring Noah Kahan. The song, co-written and co-produced with Scott Harris (Shawn Mendes, The Chainsmokers) is the third release from his forthcoming sophomore album From Michigan With Love, due early next year.

Carlie Hanson Releases New Single “Numb”

“Numb is one of the grittiest songs I’ve written and definitely the darkest song I’ve released so far,” Carlie said about the track. “I wrote it about the juxtaposition of being really drawn to someone but still wanting to stay completely detached from them.”

Yungeen Ace Drops Life I’m Livin, His Second Project of 2018

Infusing his rap anthems with bluesy melodies and heartfelt lyrics, Yungeen Ace has lived a thousand lives in his 19 years. Grappling with guilt and his newfound fame, Yungeen Ace shares Life I’m Livin, his new project. Comprised of nine hook-filled standouts, Life I’m Livin finds Ace taking stock of his place in the world, trying to shake the habits learned in a rough neighborhood in riveting tracks like “KSO Homicide,” warning others against living a life of crime in “Life I’m Livin,” and rhyming from the perspective of his late brother 2X in the harrowing “2X Screamin”: “Mama mama, save ace for me/He’s all alone crying inside and no one can see.” The new project hosts the single “I Can’t,” dropped earlier this week to the tune of over 538k views on YouTube, which finds the Cinematic Music Group-signee speaking out against the justice system and faithless friends who sold him out. Life I’m Livin debuted via Audiomack, where it immediately became the #1 album in the platform’s trending charts.


Grammy Award-winning artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers have released new track “Hope” today via Disruptor Records / Columbia Records. The track, which features vocals from Neon Gold / Atlantic Records recording artist Winona Oak, marks the final addition to the duo’s building album, Sick Boy. Watch the “Hope” lyric video, starring Alex, Drew and Winona.


Juan Magán, Deorro, MAKJ and YFN Lucci will take all homes and dance floors hostage to the rhythm of their new track this holiday season and without a doubt every chart and radio station in 2019. Their new single, “Muñequita Linda”, is a new hit from the pioneer and indisputable king of the Electro Latino genre.


Today, Chart-topping, multi-platinum selling rapper and producer Kid Ink releases his new EP — Missed Calls via Tha Alumni Music Group/88 Classic/RCA Records. The EP, which includes his new single, “YUSO” ft. Lil Wayne and Saweetie, is now available at all digital service providers.

Pavo Pavo Share Video For “Goldenrod” || New Album ‘Mystery Hour’ Out 1/25 On Bella Union

Commenting on the track, the band offer: “Goldenrod came together in an afternoon at the piano – it was kind of the bleakest song I’d written, and when I went to make a demo, I didn’t want to hear my voice so clearly singing those words, it seemed more comfortable coming from some anonymous source. So I sang it at a lower key and pitch shifted my voice up, making a new character come out of the speakers. Then, when a garbled, auto-tuned Eliza joined in a rope of harmony all the way through, it became a sort of alien heartbreak duet, and we didn’t touch the recording anymore, we just put that demo on the record.”

HER SONGS – Debut EP Out Now & New Track/Video

HER SONGS is a worldwide collective of female songwriters, who after meeting on social media as fans of each other’s work, came together in Los Angeles for seven days in August this year to create one shared, finished product. After teasing tracks from the EP, today the collective are thrilled to share the release in full – Her Songs Los Angeles is out now across all digital streaming services.


Rival Sons have shared “Feral Roots,” the sprawling title track from the band’s widely anticipated Low Country Sound/Atlantic Records debut LP. The song arrives alongside an official visualizer, shot by Rival Sons’ vocalist Jay Buchanan and Steven Bradley in the woods of Franklin, TN. The visualizer premiered today with Billboard alongside an exclusive interview with Buchanan who detailed the new track and the group’s forthcoming album.

Brigetta Releases New Single “Sick”

Atwood Magazine said “Brigetta captures the pain of heartbreak in her infectious indie pop anthem ‘Sick,’ a sweet and impassioned confrontation full of intimacy and vulnerability.”

Mike Dillon Surprise Album Release ‘Bonobo Bonobo’ + Winter Tour Dates

Percussion wizard Mike Dillon has seemingly done everything a musician could dream of. He’s been a key member of bands like Garage A Trois, Dead Kenny Gs and Critters Buggin. He’s served as a key sideman to artists like Rickie Lee Jones, Les Claypool and Ani DiFranco. He’s amassed an extensive catalog of genre-defying recordings. He’s taken to the road relentlessly, building one of the most loyal underground fanbases on the contemporary music scene, while being invited to share bills with bands including Clutch, Dean Ween Group and Umphrey’s McGhee. For nearly three decades, Mike Dillon has been playing exclusively by his own rules. Now, the man championed as a “punk jazz provocateur” has just produced what perhaps may be his shining hour, ‘Bonobo Bonobo.’ The new album, announced for surprise release to coincide with his upcoming Winter tour, was recorded in New Orleans with a collective he calls The Mallet Men—essentially an extended version of his core touring vehicle, The Mike Dillon Band.

Unspoken Tradition releases new single, “I Say Let’s Go (Colorado)”

Unspoken Tradition has released a new song from their upcoming album that speaks to people’s restless spirit and the need to escape the daily grind.

“I Say Let’s Go (Colorado)” is an upbeat, pop-tinged tune written by Unspoken Tradition vocalist and bass player Lee Shuford that is timed perfectly for the winter season. Like many musicians these days, Shuford is also a full-time teacher as well as a writer and performer. He says, “For me, and hopefully others that listen to it, the song is really about self-motivation. People work really hard to provide stability for themselves and their families and sometimes forget to take the shot when they have the chance and do the things they’ve always wanted to do. I think my favorite sentiment from the song is that life can pass you by if you don’t sometimes just say ‘Let’s go.'”


20-year-old vocalist, musician and songwriter Moss Kena today shares the video for his latest single “Touch.” Directed by Ruby & Boya, the video is available to watch now via YouTube.

Michael Franti’s self-directed “Stay Human” documentary film available on digital and on demand platforms via Cinedigm on Jan 25

Stay Human, the new award-winning documentary film directed by critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Michael Franti, is set for its on demand and digital release January 25 via Cinedigm. The film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray this spring.

Folk Ambassador Peter Mulvey Releases Hypnotic New Song ‘The Fox’; New Album out 2/15 via Righteous Babe Records

Peter Mulvey has been a singer, songwriter, road-dog, raconteur, and an almost-poet since before he can remember. With a career spanning nearly three decades, eighteen albums, and countless live performances worldwide, Mulvey has built his life’s work on collaboration and on an instinct for the eclectic and the vital. On February 15th, he’ll release his most vivid album yet titled There Is Another World via Righteous Babe Records. Today he unveiled the first look at the new record with the lead song “The Fox,” a hypnotic pulse of altered guitar within a swirl of sounds: wineglass rims, the long breaths and clatter of a bass clarinet, and icy accordion tones underneath Mulvey’s gravel baritone vocals.

Mad Twon- Untitled Pt.1

Untitled Pt.1 is a song is an detailed illustration of Mad Twon’s frustration with where the rap game is today as well as speaking about his pursuit to living his dreams of making it big. The beat is smooth and gives a old school type feel made by “PK” and produced by “The Professor.”

Listen to SAKIMA’s new song “Virtus Domum”

London singer, songwriter and producer SAKIMA has shared his new single “Virtus Domum”, premiered today via PAPER. The song addresses a personal experience of being taken advantage of and being the subject of unwanted advance, something that many people around the globe have unfortunately experienced. SAKIMA said of the song, “over the years I’ve transitioned from denial and secrecy to finally being able to talk about it out loud, and I made this song as a sort of final resting place for those memories. I wasn’t even going to release this song or at the most it was going to be an album cut, but after some recent interactions with certain music industry people I felt a really overwhelming desire to tell this story as a sort of ‘fuck you’ and also as a sort of warning.”

The Prescriptions Share “Broken Wing” from Debut Album Hollywood Gold out January 18

In an interview with lead singer and songwriter Hays Ragsdale, Billboard called “Broken Wing,” “a haunting piece of introspection whose Southern gothic-styled arrangement ebbs and flows between a gentle, ringing melody and full-bodied guitar breaks — including one at the end that sounds like it’s ready for an extended life on stage.”


Max Styler Defies Expectations On “Feel It” EP

“The Feel It EP is a collection of records I wrote in the past year as my sound grew and evolved to what you hear today,” states Styler. “It’s been a growth period for me as both an artist and producer, and I’m so excited to share this project with you all.”


COMATOSE VIGIL A.K.: Revolver streaming funeral doom collective’s first album in seven years; “Evangelium Nihil”

Seven years after the release of the acclaimed second album, Fuimus, non Sumus…, Russian funeral doom trio Comatose Vigil A.K. today releases the awaited third album, Evangelium Nihil via Dutch label Non Serviam Records. The band had been in slumber since 2016. A.K. iEzor has reawaken the band under the name Comatose Vigil A.K. with the help of David Unsaved of Ennui and John Devos of Mesmur.

Bay Area rapper/songwriter Just Rese releases new ep “HIPS” Composed. Wax Roof, Out Today

Oakland raised rapper and songwriter, Just Rese fuses together a collective sound of funk, hip-hop, and alternative R&B. Through self-awareness and honesty, Rese has tailored his music and songwriting, to what he calls an “unapologetic version of himself.” His talents and efforts have awarded the lyricist great support from media tastemakers like Revolt, The Deli, Earmilk, The Bay Bridged, SF Weekly and many more. Rese has also performed extensively across the Bay Area, in addition, to collaborating on projects with a plethora of Oakland artists, including fellow hometown native, and ‘Jentrify’ rapper, Elujay. Now, in 2018, Just Rese is ready to release his debut, ep ‘HIPS’ composed by Northern California producer, Wax Roof.

New Album: Kaby delivers Era Of The Try Hard and New Music Video Runoff

Today, Nashville rapper Kaby releases his new album Era Of The Try Hard. Blending elements of southern rap, boom-bap and soul, the 10-track projectdeveloped into an ongoing narrative about today’s music and is overall a cohesive statement about Kaby as a man and artist. Altogether the songs reflect his persona: making sharp turns from rapid-fire flows, melodic anthems, brazen lyrics and vulnerable themes. Each song finds Kaby putting on a different part of his personality and versatile talent on display. He uses his voice differently on almost every track like a one-man group.


The video was directed by Virginia to Vegas, whose real name is Derik Baker, along with his longtime creative director Justin Alexis (That Good Graphic). The video takes viewers on the journey of a short-lived romance. Shot on-location in Los Angeles, the visual takes advantage of the deserts’ natural beauty and features sweeping shots of the dramatic desert sunset that serves as a backdrop to the recounting of the failed love story. Released as a single in October, “Yesterday” quickly became a fan favorite and continues to climb radio charts.

BAD CHILD returns with “PAYBACK”

“PAYBACK,” mixed by Spike Stent (Beyoncé, Grimes, Ocean, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), follows the debut title track “BAD CHILD” which was released last month along with a live video filmed at Toronto’s Hideout.


SYCO Music and Columbia Records group PRETTYMUCH has unveiled their latest new track “Jello” today. Along with the infectious song, the group also shared the official music video directed by The Young Astronauts. Watch it HERE.


Winter may be settling in around the world, but brothers and fellow producers XAXO are bringing a double dose of Miami heat with their new single, “No Me Dejes.” Featuring Dominican-born star Happy Colors – who has been lauded by legends like Diplo, Skrillex and Dillon Francis for his unique moombah, merengue, cumbia and trap-influenced sound – and singer-musician turned viral-sensation Saak , the record is a dreamy, mellow gem that warms the soul with its spellbinding melodies, heartfelt lyrics and irresistible groove.