@skopemag news for december 18, 2018 @ noon est

LA Rapper Charles X Releases “Prozac” on HipHopDX

The trap infused banger sees Charles X branch out in a new direction to help showcase his versatility within hip-hop. Thanks to an erratic, bass heavy beat, an off the rails flow similar in vein to rappers such as Vince Staples and J.I.D., and an infectious hook that easily gets stuck in the brain, “Prozac” is an instantly memorable cut that previews what Charles X has in store for his upcoming album EID2, which will be released in 2019.

Wild Child Share New Video for “Sinking Ship” From New Album ‘Expectations,’ Share 2019 Tour Dates

Austin, TX’s Wild Child are sharing a new music video for their hit song “Sinking Ship” off of the band’s best selling new album Expectations (Dualtone Records). The video, which premiered with Billboard, celebrates the visceral, fleeting nature of love and the beauty that can only be found in temporary moments. The song has struck a chord with listeners, racking up an impressive 21 MILLION+ streams on Spotify alone.

Deep Sea Peach Tree’s “Milk Based Religion” Out Now!

NYC surfy sleepers Deep Sea Peach Tree release their new EP “Milk Based Religion” today. After touring with Andy White (guitarist for Mac Demarco) and racking up a couple hundred thousand streams this summer, these kids have set out to prove themselves further with their dreamy but driving indie-pop, present on songs like their lead single from the record “Felt”.

Japanese pianist Masakatsu Takagi announces weekly singles into 2019

Born in 1979 in Kyoto, Japan, Masakatsu Takagi lives and works in Hyogo, Japan. He started his career as a visual artist, creating video art with his own music which played with his Piano and software processing. In 2001, His first album, Pia, was released by Carpark Records in the United States. Following other releases on Karaoke Kalk, he shifted his focus to playing the piano more specifically, in the form of intimate solo piano style, as well as in band settings and with larger orchestras as well.

Curtis Mayz Releases Blazing New Single “Deposit”

The release of the single follows a very strong showing with the October Release of the Curtis Mayz “3 For 3” EP. The title of the EP “3 For 3” itself suggests being perfect on 3 out of 3 songs, similar to a basketball player connecting on each his shots in a game. The EP featured production from AD Creation on Nani Thai. On the standout single, Juise Leroy provides a phenomenal verse and perfect compliment to Curtis Mayz on “Otha Shit”. Curtis Mayz has consistently showcased his versatility, great writing ability and knack for creating vibey music and “3 For 3” epitomizes that sentiment.

theAngelcy – Nodyssey LP

“I always was kind of self-conscious to play my songs to native English speakers, because I don’t have that sensibility, you know. It’s a language, an organism. I’m sure I’m very crude,” says Rotem Bar Or.

Gabe Greenland – ‘Love & Espionage’ LP Premiere

“Love & Espionage is a pulsating, lyrical thrill ride. A high octane cruise through a world where things are not as they appear and trust a dim memory. Loosely threaded to a narrative structure, Love & Espionage evokes an anxious fever dream of extra-terrestrials, nefarious government conspiracies, and the ever elusive human connection that some dare call true love. But how? With beats that pump your adrenaline like a shot to the heart. With lyrics that erase the thin partition between sober reality and paranoid fantasy. Welcome to Love & Espionage.”

Gabe Greenland Premieres New Album ‘Love & Espionage’

Landon McNamara and Leilani Wolfgramm Drop Passionate New Music Video “If You Go”!

Born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Landon’s legendary family has deep roots in the surfing community and have experienced successful professional careers (world record guinness record holders) from his father, uncle, to his older brother. With a solid foundation in place, it’s no surprise that Landon followed in the same footsteps in his approach to surfing big at Pipeline and other notoriously big wave destinations around the world.

Atwood premieres Common Jack’s honey-dipped “Viñales”

Last week Brooklyn-based songwriter Common Jack premiered his new single via Atwood Mag who noted “With its breezy hooks, it creates the impression of being on a road trip in an open top car- gliding with the hair blowing, eyes squinting in the sun, and bare arms stretched up high.”

Celebrating Music! CAMU New Song Shows Off Hawaii Brilliantly

CAMUs’ first release “Empire State of Sound” now has over 32 K on Spotify and his next hit out of his trilogy, “The One You Leave Behind”, is climbing rapidly. CAMU is proving great music/lyrics and heart of rock can make its defining mark.

Nash Boogie – Tears (Official Video)


CAT TURNER – “Easier” (Single)

Since debuting last year, Cat Turner has won praise for her dark-pop sound. She is crafting her own niche of driving synths and raw vocals, and new single ‘Easier’ is testament to her unique talent. Cat is a producer-singer from Galway, who has honed her sound since starting to produce just over a year ago. In this short time, support has come from tastemakers like Hot Press and Clash Music, and live performances have included Electric Picnic and support slots with fellow Irish ones-to-watch Pillow Queens. Her debut EP ‘Contrast’ also saw national airplay, and drew comparisons to artists such as Grimes and Tove Lo.

2018’s Best Places for Christmas Celebrations – WalletHub Study

The most wonderful time of the year is just around the corner. With Christmas being the most popular holiday in the U.S. and one of the most expensive – Americans are projected to spend up to $720 billion over the holiday season this year – the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best Places for Christmas Celebrations as well as accompanying videos.

Album review Philmore Greene Chicago: Third World City

UNDERHER release ‘Mercy’ EP

Fledgling electronic live act UNDERHER have released their third official EP, ‘Mercy’. Due for release on their own imprint IAMHER, the package includes two original UNDERHER tracks, ‘Mercy’ and ‘Strung’, plus remixes from French production duo The Dualz, Greek Hotworkz label boss Harri Agnel, upcoming Austrian producer dörfler, and New Yorker Allies For Everyone.


Boy George and Culture Club unveil the video for single ‘Life’ today. Shot by Rankin, the accompanying video of the most intensely personal song Boy George has written to date begins with his iconic makeup stylings but later sees him stripped of his signature make-up and hat. His emotion, his tears, captured and ultimately countered, with a message of hope. Revealing his vulnerable side, Boy George has said the video is a tribute to his many fans who have stood by him throughout his career

Vevo Reveals Top Artists of 2018

Vevo has today revealed the biggest artists and official music videos of 2018. Globally, there has been over 260 billion video views to-date with an average of 24 billion views per month, and over 12 billion hours of content watched to-date. In the US, Vevo has seen nearly 50 billion video views to-date in 2018, with an average of 4.5 billion views per month, and over 2 billion hours of content watched.

Globally, the Most-Watched Music Video accolade officially goes to “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5. Released in May, the pop tune featuring Cardi B stormed the Vevo charts. The music video, directed by David Dobkin, features several female celebrities including Camila Cabello, Sarah Silverman, Millie Bobby Brown, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jennifer Lopez representing various social justice movements.

The Saxophones’ new EP, Singing Desperately Suite, is out Feb. 22nd on Full Time Hobby.Watch “Singing Desperately”

The Saxophones cap off an exciting 2018 with Singing Desperately Suite, an EP based around the song of the same name taken from their debut album, Songs of the Saxophones.

XXXTentacion & Lil Pump Drop BTS Video For “Arms Around You” Ft. Maluma & Swae Lee

The Wild Reeds Announce 2019 Spring Tour, New LP ‘Cheers’ Out 3/8/19 (Dualtone)

The Wild Reeds today announced a lengthy spring 2019 tour in support of their forthcoming third album Cheers, which will be released on March 8, 2019 via Dualtone Records. The run will begin on April 3rd in Kansas City, MO and continue through June 7th with a hometown show in Los Angeles, CA, and includes an April 14th show in Brooklyn, NY.


Based out of Brooklyn, NY and making music for seven years, Hawk and Dove have been writing and touring and making community wherever they can. They have just finished their latest album, Our Childhood Heroes, that describes one man’s miracle cure adventure – to address his failing young [early onset Parkinson’s] brain, while also looking at our generational search for luxury and ease at the expense of other people’s further-away-lives.

Break My Fall Premiere Lyric Video for “Light It Up” on PureGrainAudio.com

Dallas, Texas modern rock band Break My Fall premiered their lyric video for single “Light it Up” today on PureGrainAudio.com. The single is off of their new record due out next spring.



Thirsty Curses Releases Dark Xmas Single

The prolific and eclectic North Carolina-based rock ‘n roll outfit, Thirsty Curses, is out with a unique, gypsy-influenced version of the classic Christmas song “Holly Jolly Christmas,” which is available via Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, and wherever music can be streamed. Unlike the original “Holly Jolly Christmas”, which obtained its status among the American Christmas music canon through its placement in the 1964 Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer stop-go animation Christmas special, Thirsty Curses’ version of “Holly Jolly Christmas” sounds like a blend between Beirut and Leonard Cohen and possesses a dark, angry tone which speaks to those who aren’t particularly enamored with the Christmas season.


With “The Death Of Humanity,” Lousberg achieves what most composers fail to do so in a lifetime, much less a career. Transcending styles of dark ambient and dungeon synth, Lousberg is responsible for the merger of worlds; both specific and abstract. Intensely contemplative, “The Death Of Humanity” offers itself as an existential soundtrack.

The Stolen // “Stuck” – New Video

Before they honed their songwriting skills to craft inviting pop hooks and kinetic guitar melodies, the four New Jersey natives who make up The Stolen started off as a group of friends who explored their love of music through learning and performing AC/DC songs together, ripping covers of classic rock anthems and Motown tunes at their grade school talent shows.


Speaking to his iconic status, XXXTentacion’s (pronounced “Eks-Eks-Eks-Ten-Tah-See-Ohn”) third full-length album, SKINS [Bad Vibes Forever/EMPIRE], bows at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Selling 132,165 copies, it marks his biggest sales week to date, third consecutive Top 3 debut on the chart in 15 months, and second consecutive #1 debut in only nine months. SKINS is the first posthumous No. 1 album since Prince’s The Very Best of Prince re-entered the chart dated May 6, 2016 at No. 1, following his death on April 21 of that year. The fact is XXXTentacion’s talents and music has had an unimaginable impact on the world and youth culture. Absorb his most transformative album HERE.

Sparks – ‘Voicemail (feat. Sco)’ (Music Video)

Sparks delivers his new music video for the new single “Voicemail” produced by TheCratez. The music video takes place in a dope mansion and was directed by Puma.

The record features a catchy hook and quality verses, all telling a story about how females play both sides.