@skopemag news for February 1, 2019 @ noon est

OUT TODAY | Asha Jefferies’ debut EP ‘Hold Yourself Together’

Following critically-acclaimed cuts ‘Everybody Talks’, ‘Chaos’ and last week’s release ‘If You Were My Hero’, Brisbane-based artist Asha Jefferies today releases her anticipated six-track debut EP Hold Yourself Together.

Skrillex & Hikaru Utada share “Face My Fears” official video

Soulful Florida Rapper Rod Wave Tries To Escape Street Life in “Weight On My Shoulders”

Just nineteen-years-old but with the soul and voice of Delta bluesman, Florida’s Rod Wave makes inspirational and heartfelt street music. Coming through with a vivid morality play, Rod shares “Weight On My Shoulders,” his latest video. A bouncy single with a soaring chorus, “Weight On My Shoulders” depicts Rod’s struggle to emerge from the streets unscathed as a choice between two women–one woman, alluring and abusive, represents the lucrative life of crime, while the other woman, well-dressed and affectionate, represents the promise of life beyond Rod’s neighborhood. At the end of the video, Rod returns to the trap house just as a SWAT team busts down the doors, eliminating his future and saddling him with the weight of his past transgressions. “Weight On My Shoulders” is the latest video from Rod’s Hunger Games 3, which released in December, following the exuberant clip for “Yessir!” and the Moneybagg Yo-featuring “Feel The Same Way,” which has over 1 million views on YouTube.

New SUSTO song “Weather Balloons” out now


Critically-acclaimed rapper Lil Skies has unveiled the official video for his track “Name In The Sand” – directed by Nick Jandora, the companion visual is available to view on Skies’ official YouTube channel HERE. The track, produced by Menoh Beats and formerly only accessible on Soundcloud, is now available at all DSPs and streaming services.

AFTERMATH Release Official Music Video for “DIETHANASIA”

Chicago based Progressive Thrash Metal Band AFTERMATH has released the Official Music Video for their song “DIETHANASIA.” Originally premiered on Metal Injection, “DIETHANASIA” is the third single off of their upcoming LP, There is Something Wrong, due out 2/15/2019 digitally via Zoid Entertainment, INGrooves, and TLG, and CD release in March, and European CD / Vinyl also in March on Sleaszy Rider Records.

LA’s Yacht Punk Release Vid For “Indian Summer” Shot On 8MM Film

“The video was shot entirely on a vintage Super 8 camera during the summer of 2018. Each roll of film only has 3.5 minutes of footage, so you have to be really precise with the shots, which I wasn’t. I wanted to capture an organic feeling of the end of summer and the nostalgia that goes along with it. I let a lot of my friends try it out and shoot whatever they wanted, so it kinda turned into a group project. We shot in Sequoia National Forrest, Venice Beach, and at a mansion a friend was house-sitting in Bel Air. Absolutely no magic mushrooms were involved in the making of this film.”

For Fans of One Direction: Pop Trio OBB Release “7 Billion” Video 2/1

The new single follows 2018’s “Is This a Thing” EP, which accumulated over 75,000 views on YouTube and over 3 Million combined streams on Spotify! (Personally, I appreciate the acoustic version of “Is This a Thing”, which you can watch here.) Songs from that EP were featured on Radio Disney, a Google Chromebook commercial, and the ‘Dude Perfect’ YouTube series. CelebMix called OBB’s music “undeniably catchy” and “addicting”.

Gillian Heidi Premiere: This highschooler is writing better pop songs than Taylor Swift

Please meet Gillian Heidi, a 9th grader from Boston who’s been singing and learning songwriting most of her life. She’s set to make a name for herself on the forthcoming Unfiltered EP, with one self released single already garnering 25 thousand streams!


Tonight, Poppy kicked off her Am I A Girl? North American tour by unveiling the first single, “Voicemail” off of her forthcoming album due out later this year. Written and produced by Poppy and Titanic Sinclair, “Voicemail” marks Poppy’s foray into post-genre.

Jade Bird meets Martha Wainwright

Watch the Hypnotic Video for ‘Frontline’:

Big Wild captivates with debut album “Superdream” | Out Now via Counter Records

American producer, composer and now-turned vocalist Big Wild, (aka Jackson Stell) unveils his debut album, “Superdream”

Oslo-punks Wet Dreams reveal new single ‘Boogie’

Norway’s newest power-punks Wet Dreams have revealed a brand new single today called ‘Boogie’, the latest taster of their debut self-titled album which is due for release on March 29th via Black Pop Records. Sebastian Ulstad Olsen of Wet Dreams (and Death By Unga Bunga), explained the inspiration behind the track: “This song basically wrote itself. I’ve been a fan of raunchy and heavily distorted Boogie Rock since I first heard Guitar Wolf.”

Ferera Swan’s Stirring Pop Ballad “Second Time” is Available Now!

As an artist, adoptee, and a voice for adoptees, Ferera looks to inspire others through music with her story. She is a passionate advocate for raising awareness in mental/emotional health, trauma education & research, victim abuse, foster care, and adoption. Ferera’s new single “Second Time” will be the debut track to introduce Ferera’s new music and projects that will work as a campaign to spread awareness in these areas.

LEISURE delivers their brand new single,‘Easy Way Out’ | Out Now via Nettwerk

Blessed with rich synth-led chord patterns and a bouncy melody, the band’s new single fuses between R&B, pop, and subtle jazz elements. ‘Easy Way Out’ follows their previous release, ‘Falling’, both tracks are taken from their eagerly-awaited second album, out this summer.

The Organism & Moscoman release collaborative EP ‘Rite’

Last month, Disco Halal revealed their initial 2019 schedule including the likes of Moscoman, The Organism, Auntie Flo, Kincaid, Mount Kismet, Simple Symmetry and the second instalment of the Perfect Strangers compilation series. Their first release of the year is the debut collaboration between The Organism & Moscoman for the ‘Rite’ EP – out today.

New music: Alexander Wolfe releases rousing new single ‘Avalanche’ today through Dharma Records

Alexander Wolfe releases his rousing new single ‘Avalanche’ on February 1st through Dharma Records. Avalanche is featured in BBC 6 Music’s Tips for 2019 and is taken from his remarkable forthcoming album ‘Little Death’ which will be released on March 22nd. It’s a powerful and exhilarating return from the British singer-songwriter.

4 Instagram Best Practices For Musicians In 2019

For those serious about their music career, dismissing Instagram as a casual photo sharing app can be hugely detrimental to your career. In the wake of Instagram’s meteoric rise to become one of the top social media platform’s, we look at four key practices for artists looking to capitalize on the service in 2019.

Leo Law x Skope Mag – ‘Buried’

Throughout the visual, reality blurs with the extraordinary and the bizarre as we see Leo completing everyday chores. The video includes references to Leo’s favourite films and queer icons such as Donnie Darko, The Rocky Horror Show and Queen’s ‘I Want to Break Free’.