@skopemag news for january 17, 2019 @ 10 am est

Valentino Khan Teams Up With Kayzo for ‘Novocaine,’

Valentino Khan and Kayzo’s new track “Novocaine” should come with a warning label: not for the faint of heart (or hearing). Prepare for an assault to the senses from the start of the track, which begins with intense hardstyle-influenced percussion. Khan uses this as a warm up to deliver jarring, distorted synths and a heavy dose of bass, melding elements of trap and drum & bass to make “Novocaine” a hybrid of modern bass music. The track, which is out on Diplo’s Mad Decent record label, follows a huge announcement from Khan: he will be playing his biggest live show to date at the Hollywood Palladium on March 9th, joining the ranks of legendary artists who have graced the iconic venue’s decks before him. Attendees can expect to hear new music like “Novocaine” as well as Khan’s popular tracks from the last year, including “Feel Your Love” and “Lick It.”

WITCHGÖAT (Black Thrash from El Salvador, Central America): Debut Album “Egregors of the Black Faith”

WITCHGÖAT was conceived in the middle of 2016 by the long serving Salvadorian guitarist P. Scyther with the aim to form a black/thrash metal project that would carry off the effervescence of the old school thrash metal, the brutality and the precariousness of the ’80s extreme metal, and the dire melodies of the ’90s blackened death metal. He had shortly begun composing for the nameless project. The drummer E. Driller joined him in the early 2017 and the recording process was started straight away under the moniker of WITCHGÖAT. The lineup of WITCHGÖAT was completed upon the arrival of M. Miasma (vocals) and C. Fog (bassist) in the mid – 2017.


“I just wanted to be honest about everything, from my musical influences to my story,” muses Neal Francis. After years of dishonest living — consumed by drugs, alcohol, and addiction — such sincerity is jarring from the 30-year-old Chicago-based musician. Liberated from a self-destructive past and born anew in sobriety, Francis has captured an inspired collection of songs steeped in New Orleans rhythms and Chicago blues. His music evokes a bygone era of R&B’s heyday while simultaneously forging a new path on the musical landscape. Ohio-based Karma Chief Records (a subsidiary of rising soul label Colemine Records) will release two songs, “These Are The Days” and “Changes, Pt. 1,” in early 2019 with the full LP to follow in summer 2019.

Watch Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore’s video for “Between Two Worlds”

Meg Baird and Mary Lattimore’s Ghost Forests is out now on Three Lobed Recordings. Watch the beautiful, new video for “Between Two Worlds” that recently premiered on Tiny Mix Tapes ahead of their tour dates supporting Steve Gunn!

Irish Modern Metal Quartet DEAD LABEL Reveals New Music Video for “False Messiah”

Today, DEAD LABEL is at it again – releasing a cinematic new music video for their heavy-hitting, groove-laden latest single, “False Messiah”. The track serves as a precursor to their upcoming third album, hitting retailers this summer.

Rare DM shares the first track “Spell Cast” from her upcoming album

The Nicoteenagers kick down 2019’s door with crushing new single ‘Big Thing’

Perfect for music fans who like their rock music delivered undiluted with a side of scrambled, electrified chaos, ‘Big Thing’ is The Nicoteenagers capturing this perfect storm on record with flair. The Nirvana influences can be heard throughout, but in the vocals and warped nuances of the electric guitar, The Nicoteenagers’ latest comes reminiscent of early Muse, Radiohead and Tool – doused in equal parts drama and rhythmic prowess.

Minke Releases New Single “Too Late.” Announces Debut “Tearoom” EP Release and SXSW

Minke reveals the inspiration behind the track: “This was a moment after a bad break up that I needed to get out my system. I was trying to rationalize it and take the high road but knew what had happened was wrong so I was annoyed and reveling in the petty, just for a second. Thank you, next.”

New Release from GRAACE “LAST NIGHT” On Sony Music Australia

21 year old Sydney songstress GRAACE made 2018 her own and is now set to be one of 2019’s breakout talents. In May GRAACE released her debut single ‘Kissing Boys’ which was followed up by current single ‘Last Night’ in September. ‘Last Night’ was added across the board at triple j and has currently been streamed over 5 Million times. Both songs then featured on GRAACE’s debut EP “Self Sabotage”, released in October, with coverage both locally and internationally from the likes of News Limited, FADER, Marie Claire, The Music, Pedestrian TV as well as an interview with Richard Kingsmill on his 2018 show on triple j.

SOFY MAJOR: BrooklynVegan Premieres “Shiny Happy Asshole” Video

As Total Dump, the forthcoming new full-length from French post-hardcore/noise rock trio SOFY MAJOR draws closer to release, BrooklynVegan is pleased to unveil the band’s hilarious video clip for “Shiny Happy Asshole.”

Michael Franti & Spearhead’s video for “The Flower” (feat. Victoria Canal)

The video for “The Flower” (feat. Victoria Canal) was filmed with the support of Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit organization which advocates for commonsense solutions to end gun violence. “Nearly three years ago, our beloved son Jerry was shot and killed while celebrating with friends at Pulse nightclub in Orlando,” explain Everytown Survivor Network members Maria and Fred Wright. “Since then, we have dedicated our lives to honoring our son’s legacy of kindness by joining the fight for gun safety.” The Wrights go on to add, “We should all be free from gun violence, whether dancing at a nightclub, going to school, or on our city streets. Together, we can help keep our families safe from gun violence.”