@skopemag news for February 23, 2019 @ 7:30 am est

New Single By Scott Zartman “Desperate In Love”

Scott Zartman unveils the single, “Desperate In Love” from the album, ‘Making Up For Lost Time.’ Scott Zartman is a singer-songwriter from Hanover, PA. Scott fuses pop and rock elements with folk-like vocals to create a unique multi-genre sound. He composes from the heart and his songs are defined by feeling and the relationships in between.

The Picturebooks Release New Music Video for “The Hands of Time”

After relentlessly touring their last two albums worldwide with over 350 shows in the last three years The Picturebooks went back to their very own recording studio, boosting with inspiration and self-confidence. The goal was to add a new vibe to their music while still keeping true to The Picturebooks sound aesthetic. They used their new-found inspiration to work harder on the production of The Hands of Time and to experiment with their signature sound and even introduced new instruments such as piano or tubular bells. They handcrafted some of their own percussion instruments as well, which they will be taking on the road with them to further spice up their energetic live shows. The Hands of Time is about accepting and celebrating nothing but the truth, the ups and downs of life, the tears and laughter and the deep friendship between the two band members Fynn Grabke and Philipp Mirtschink.


Atlantic recording artist Kehlani has officially unveiled her eagerly awaited new mixtape which sees appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, Dom Kennedy, 6lack and Musiq Soulchild. WHILE WE WAIT is now available at all DSPs and streaming services.

Damn Tall Buildings premieres “Late July” at The Boot + new LP out 6/7

Brooklyn-based four-piece Damn Tall Buildings is set to release their new LP, Don’t Look Down which is due out June 7, 2019; the album, produced by Dan Cardinal (Darlingside, Lula Wiles, Josh Ritter) is a statement of reconnection. While attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, the four began busking on street corners, which has been a huge and lasting influence on their captivating performance style. After going their separate ways after school and attempting to make things work from their various locations, the group collectively resettled in Brooklyn where they’re making waves with their unique brand of music they call “guerilla roots.”

New Music from Nightly “No Call, No Reply” Out Now on Interscope Records

Emerging, alt-pop duo, Nightly release a brand new song, “No Call, No Reply,” today on Interscope Records. The ambient tune is the first from Nightly this year – lead singer Jonathan Capeci croons about impatiently waiting to hear back from a loved one, “and now after all this time, would you leave me out to dry, here with nothing”. The song is available now via all digital retailers.


You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take…but TJ Porter is shooting to win. The Harlem native is taking his prowess from the basketball court—hunger, drive and hard work—into hip-hop. “This is a mental game,” he says. “I want to be the best.”

Moniker shares “Kicking and Screaming” via The Line of Best Fit

The track premiered via The Line of Best Fit where the band’s Jordan Scott shared the song, “started as an instrumental, with a wordless mumble over it. When I started to write lyrics, it became a song about coming to the end of your life and getting a second wind from it, either from joy or from fear.”

Bruce Hornsby returns with Absolute Zero out April 12 + Lead single “Voyager One” debuts today

Most recently, Aquarium Drunkard spoke with Hornsby about the album and notes, “Hornsby’s new album, Absolute Zero, furthers his commitment to chasing inspiration, no matter what unlikely places he may end up doing so. From the harmony-laced title song to the Steve Reich-ian ‘Fractals’ to the cresting anthem ‘Voyager One,’ the record is defiantly unclassifiable. One gets the sense that’s the goal. While many musicians settle into an artistic groove, 33 years removed from his commercial breakthrough, Absolute Zero finds Hornsby exploring sound as boldly as ever.”

Transmissions Podcast: Bruce Hornsby/William Tyler

Drip Season Is Here With Gunna’s New Album “Drip Or Drown 2”

Recently dubbed Youtube’s Artist On The Rise, Billboard chart-topping rapper Gunna returns with the official release of his debut studio album, Drip Or Drown 2 available everywhere via Young Stoner Life Records/300 Entertainment. Drip Or Drown 2 is Gunna’s official album return since the immense success of projects such as “Drip Season 3” and the gold-certified collaborative mixtape with Lil Baby titled Drip Harder. The project exceed it’s first week sales with an astounding 130,000 equivalent album units to take the #4 spot on the Billboard’s Top 200 chart, which included the double platinum single “Drip Too Hard.”

Kygo Releases “Think About You” Video Starring Dylan Sprouse and Khadijha Red Thunder

“Think About You” arrived on the heels of “Happy Now” featuring Swedish hitmaker Sandro Cavazza. Already, “Happy Now” has amassed over 125 millionSpotify streams and 48 millionYouTube views on the music video. Of the single, YourEDM praised how he’s “back doing what he does best,” and Billboard celebrated its accompanying visual, writing “Don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking up flights to Norway.”Meanwhile, Forbespegged his next body of work among the “Most Anticipated Dance/Electronic Albums of 2019.”


“Wouldn’t Be Nothing” follows Pinch’s latest single “Nightmares” with Lil Skies, which has accumulated over 7.5 Million combined streams and video views in just one month.


Blessed with retro synth-led 80s elements, the track continues Dumont’s For Club Play Only series, a range of tracks focusing on delivering huge club-ready floorfillers across the globe. Released on Duke’s own Blasé Boys Club label, “Red Light Green Light” marks the 6th release in the series, following his 2018 summer anthem “Runway.”

Diplo’s Europa EP out now, featuring Octavian, IAMDDB, Niska and more!

Europa is a love letter to the continent where Diplo cut his teeth as a DJ and producer—from his early days playing at Notting Hill Carnival to DJ sets at Fabric—before breaking into the stratosphere.

Single: Lil Yee – “Sacrifice”

Regional hotbeds with distinct sounds, Detroit and the Bay Area share a deep connection in hip-hop. Recruiting the Bay’s Lil Pete and Detroit’s FMB DZ, San Francisco rapper Lil Yee shares “Sacrifice,” a blistering and powerful new single. With a beat that showcases the uptempo piano arpeggios native to D with the rubbery bass of Bay Area mob music, “Sacrifice” is a moving hybrid of the two regional sensibilities. The track kicks off with a verse from DZ, who sprints ahead of the beat to reflect on his sacrifices, before Yee comes in with a smooth and plaintive hook and Lil Pete (who happens to be Lil Yee’s cousin) rocks a sing-song cadence. “Sacrifice” is the latest single from Live 4 It, Die 4 It, Yee’s upcoming EP, following the lead single and video “Red Eagle,” produced by Zaytoven and Cassius Jay and premiered by HYPEBEAST.

TRAX RECORDS celebrates 35th Anniversary year – originators of House Music since 1984

From its inception in Chicago in 1984 to its spread throughout Europe, TRAX Records created the House Music movement and caused seismic waves throughout the music industry. What started out as a few free-spirited teens exploring electronic beats turned into what would become a musical revolution. Dubbed by Billboard as the Queen of House Music, Rachael Cain aka Screamin’ Rachael was one of the first artists signed to the label in 1984, and in 2006, took over as Owner and President of the label. This year, TRAX Records celebrates not only the past 35 years of creating a whole new genre of music that influenced music for generations to come, but also looks ahead to an exciting year of new releases into 2020.