Weekend Edition – @skopemag news for march 10, 2019 @ 8:00 am est

Randy Randall’s “Desert Sunset Pt. 2” premieres via Brooklyn Vega

“Desert Sunrise, Pt. 2 is a reflection of my time growing up in the Inland Empire being surrounded by the sparse wide-open landscape,” Randall explains, “There is a peace and stillness that can be violently interrupted by environmental or man-made forces.” The track is from Randall’s debut solo LP, Sound Field Volume One, which Los Angeles-based collective Arthur King is set to release as part of their ongoing album release series, Arthur King Presents, via Dangerbird Records on March 29.

Folk meets pop, hip hop & electronics – Judah & The Lion ‘Why Did You Run?’, upcoming album & world tour

Pep Talks an anthemic musical journey that takes us through vocalist Judah Akers personal story of pain, struggles and emotions. Despite being on a high with band, who’s debut album Folk Hop N’ Roll led them on a global touring frenzy and secured them their first No.1 at Alternative Radio with the hit single ‘Take It All Back’, Judah’s life was falling apart as his family struggled in a hail of alcoholism and affairs, death and divorce. Each track tells another part to his story and ‘Why Did You Run?’ was written about feeling lonely while his mum was in jail.

South Korea’s Drinking Boys and Girls Choir release their new album, Keep Drinking, today on Damnably Records!


She preceded its arrival with her rising single “Drugs.” Not only is it nearing 600K global streams, but it also continues to garner critical applause. Earmilk described “Drugs” as “mesmerizing and cheeky” while Hillydilly called it “her best yet”. Outside of the intoxicating lead-off, the five-track EP illuminates her alternative sass, soul, and spirit.

Lo-Pan to Release New LP, ‘Subtle’, May 17

Respected hard rock band Lo-Pan will release its new LP, ‘Subtle’, on May 17 via Aqualamb Records. The Ohio group, known for its dichotomic sound which merges sturm und drang heaviness with relentlessly catchy, AOR laden melody, recorded the new album at both NYC’s Reservoir and The Union studios with Grammy Award winning producer James Brown (Foo Fighters, Ghost, NIN). Lo-Pan’s fourth record, ‘Subtle’ was mastered by famed engineer Ted Jensen (Alice in Chains, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Mastodon) and is the highly anticipated follow-up to the unit’s 2017 release, ‘In Tensions’, a record hailed as “rock more akin for a day at the beach than a nightmarish, post-apocalyptic dungeon lair” (Last Rites).

Sigrid Releases Highly Anticipated Debut Album, ‘Sucker Punch’ OUT NOW 3/8

A collection of thrilling contemporary pop, Sigrid says of her debut album: “There are ballads, there are songs about friendship, there are songs about having a crush, there are songs about business. The theme is that there is no theme. The pop genre is so broad that I feel I have so much freedom and space to make whatever I want to make.”

New Dialogue Announces New Song “Are You Like Me”

The roots of New Dialogue began far from Los Angeles. Born in England and raised in Istanbul, Ela Kitapci left everything behind to seek musical soul mates in L.A. where she met fellow singer Taylor Morrow. There was an instant musical connection. Serendipity united the other members of what would become New Dialogue in 2017. The five musicians bonded over all things including music from bands like The Killers, Local Natives, and Bon Iver to a simple love of the ocean. Living together in a small apartment tucked away in Torrance, CA, they spent a year quietly writing and recording with producer Charlie Park (lovelytheband) before making their live debut in June 2018.


New Artist Alert | Dre Swade Drops New Single & Video feat. Agent Sasco | Way Above The Average (Out Today)

The dancehall upstart Dre Swade sets the bar for lifestyle aspirations, followed by renowned lyricist Agent Sasco, who casts a wider net for life’s luxuries. For the past two of years, the 25-year-old Jamaican has been an engineer at the legendary King Jammy’s studio in Waterhouse (Kingston), co-produced songs for the likes of Popcaan and Vybz Kartel, and written for Tommy Lee. Sasco has taken the multi-talented musician under his wing as first recording artist on Diamond Studios.

Wallows Release New Track “Sidelines”

Rising alt-rock trio Wallows offer another taste of their highly-anticipated debut album Nothing Happens, available March 22nd via Atlantic Records, with brand-new track and lyric video “Sidelines.” Shot at Los Angeles’ Castle Park, the self-directed video features band members Braeden Lemasters, Cole Preston, and Dylan Minnette as they make their way through a mini-golf course, reflecting on the heartbreak and uncertainty that accompany the ending of a relationship. “’Sidelines’ has been a song that has meant a lot to us from the start of recording this album, and we are very excited to put it out into the world,” Wallows share.

Wallows release new track and lyric video for “Sidelines”

Lucifer to Hit the Road for North American Headline Tour

Heavy-rock band LUCIFER is gearing up to hit the road for part 1 of their North American Headline Tour with special guests Spell. The tour will kick off in Atlanta on March 16th and will wrap in Boston on March 29th, hitting major markets along the way such as Chicago, Detroit, and Brooklyn.

lennixx ooze cool with slinky R&B on new track ‘Bad Bird’


Cage The Elephant has also recently announced The Night Running Tour where they will be co-headlining with Beck, who is featured on the album track “Night Running.” Spoon will open all dates as a special guest with additional support from Starcrawler, Sunflower Bean and Wild Belle in select cities. Full dates below. Tickets are on sale now at LiveNation.com. Beck and Cage The Elephant have partnered up with PLUS1 and $1 from every ticket sold will be donated back into each city they are playing in, supporting local food security initiatives as they work towards ending hunger in their communities. Prior to the tour, the band is headlining Shaky Knees Festival on May 4th in Atlanta.

Cage The Elephant Releases “House Of Glass” Rocker From Upcoming Album [Listen]


Grammy®, TONY®, and Emmy® Award-winning artist Ben Platt delivers a new track “Temporary Love,” the fourth song to be released off his debut solo album Sing to Me Instead, out everywhere Friday, March 29th via Atlantic Records. The song comes accompanied by an official music video directed by Nick Lieberman – view HERE.


“It’s a new era for Def Jam.” – COMPLEX

Alice Phoebe Lou releases ‘PAPER CASTLES’ today, plays SXSW next week

Produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Noah Georgeson (Joanna Newsom, Cate Le Bon, iLe), PAPER CASTLES proves a strikingly dynamic work, rich with both whispers of nostalgia and an unstoppable sense of forward motion. Lou explains that the album is “about growing into a woman, about the pain and beauty of the past, about feeling small and insignificant but finding that to be powerful and beautiful, about acknowledging that childhood is over but bringing some of it with you.” Songs like “Galaxies” and “Something Holy,” are like snapshots of small intimacies, brief encounters, and moments that matter, all reverberating with authenticity, resourcefulness, and passion. As unflinching and adventurous as it is heartfelt and inspirational, PAPER CASTLES begins the next chapter in her increasingly remarkable body of work. The response to the album has already been tremendously positive, with Consequence of Sound naming Lou March Artist of the Month, and praise from The FADER, Complex, Rolling Stone, and more.


COUSIN KULA release shimmering new psych-pop single ‘Brain Abroad’

Walking into the Kula household you’re met by bundles of bicycles in the hallway, friends’ artwork on the walls and instruments everywhere. In the garden a self-made pizza oven and an array of home grown vegetables demonstrate their ambition for self-sufficiency.

The Strumbellas Release “Running Scared” – Album Out 3/29

“Running Scared (Desert Song)”, an energetic breezy dust up with catchy anthemic hooks, was a favorite of the band to record. “Running Scared is actually the song that inspired the artwork for the album. We love playing it because it makes us feel like we’re in the middle of the desert,” says Simon Ward. “This is one of the songs that came together the fastest and the studio was fun because we got to experiment with lots of weird instruments,” said Simon Ward.


On the heels of her most recent release, “On God,” IV Jay is back with her newest visual for “Superstar” off her debut EP “IV.” The video, directed by Alex Lu, premiered earlier today via Teen Vogue, who declared, “Make no mistake, IV Jay is ready to conquer the world of music in 2019.” IV Jay recently released her cover of Pink Sweat$’s “Honesty” along with video and was also featured in Teen Vogue’s “16 Young Musicians You Need To Be Listening To In 2019” list.


Jay Sean is back with his new single “With You” feat. Gucci Mane and Asian Doll today. After delivering their first ever Billboard Hot 100 #1 song with “Down,” Jay Sean returns to Republic Records to do it again.


The EP release marks the pinnacle of a groundbreaking year for Chloe Lilac that has secured her a well-deserved spot as a top new rising artist. Refinery29 included Chloe among their 2019 ‘Artists To Watch’ noting, “Her relatable lyrics and dreamy melodies don’t just make music. They make moments,” while Fashionably Early affirms Chloe “has laid the framework for a potentially colossal 2019.”

Prince Fox and Ellise Mesmerize on Collaboration “Tell Me”

Prince Fox’s alluring production is enhanced by Ellise’s mesmerizing vocals on their Dim Mak single “Tell Me.” Deep basslines and captivating verses intersect on the duo’s standout pop collaboration.

FKJ shares new single “Leave My Home”; joins Fender Next + Spring tour dates on sale now !

After closing out 2018 with the piano-laden track “Is Magic Gone” and a world tour announcement, French producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Vincent Fenton who goes by the moniker French Kiwi Juice aka FKJ, returns to share a new song via Mom+Pop Music. “Leave My Home” is a beautiful track centered around a nimble guitar figure and a sublime melodic hook that turns the dislocating experience of moving home into a heartfelt jam.

Julian Mika projects idiosyncratic rap cut ‘Pattern’

Born in Rome to a Sicilian mother and an American father, and raised in North-West London, with off-kilter melodies, silver-tongued lyricism and half-sung flows, JULIAN MIKA fills a stylistic void in the Great British urban scene with ‘Pattern’.

Breakout Grammy-nominated artist Tayla Parx’s video for her new song “I Want You” debuts today!

The track will appear on her highly anticipated project, We Need To Talk, out on April 5 via Atlantic Records. Parx’s previously released songs “Slow Dancing” and “Me vs. Us,” continue to receive critical praise. FLAUNT proclaims that “she exudes dreamy innocence and tradition,” while Refinery 29 adds “her music is on the cutting edge of right now.”

New Music Video Sofia Portanet / Skope

Wandering Rat is the mixed English / German language version of her 2nd single Wanderratte which is launched just ahead of her SXSW Showcases next week in USA.

TESLA’S New Album ‘SHOCK’ Out Today!

One of the world’s most celebrated and enduring rock bands with a diehard, loyal fanbase, TESLA has enjoyed international chart, radio, and tour success for nearly 35 years, with global album sales topping 15 million.

Music Submission: The Band of the Hawk – FAM

Houston’s own The Band of the Hawk known for channeling the ’90s Hip-Hop era in it’s rawest form recently dropped “F. A. M. (Fine Ass Momma)” featuring Sage Majesty in anticipation of the forthcoming release, Family Ties. The hit single pays homage to a Comedy movie classic ‘Friday After Next’ while their single artwork is from the original ‘Friday’-Hey, Mrs. Parker! The track is pulled from the forthcoming album, Family Ties, and is a raw Boom Bap or Lofi Hip-Hop song showcasing lyrics from two cousins representing the collective Sage Majesty. “Look to sky and see the hawks fly…” Their lyrics are technical as they spit bars on top of a classic bass drum and snare keeping cadence. It’s poetry, it’s hip-hop. The album Family Ties is slated to be released Friday, March 15, 2019 during South By South West (SXSW) in Austin, TX.


BRKN LOVE, the brain child of Toronto singer and guitarist Justin Benlolo, have signed to Spinefarm Records. Benlolo, who is 21 years old, began writing music and looking for a producer to help him fine-tune his musical creations immediately out of high school and never looked back. That laser sharp focus, and immense talent, has led him to where he is today.

MANICS’ Debut EP “Binary” Delivers A Confident Offering Of Indie And Dance

On their debut EP, Binary, Bay Area upstarts MANICS deliver a confident offering of indie and dance compositions. The two-piece live act sets the tone on the EP’s title track, “Binary,” a tale about the cautions of modern technology. Their melodic talents shine through on “Deja Rendezvu” and “Eleven Eleven,” complimented by their use of driving basslines and analog synthesizers. Closing with “Embrace,” the collection of tracks bring listeners back in time, traveling through the 80’s, 90s and beyond, connecting each era to the present via a mix of dancefloor-friendly, indie productions.

Cola James Releases Debut Single “Black & White” (March 8)

Cola James says of the project: “As soon as I walked into the studio with Mike Nicastro we started having fun. Us recording looks like we are having a party. We both like to get people moving during live shows so it was natural for us to make a high energy dance tune. ‘Black & White’ came together in one day. We both didn’t really know each other at the time but it was easy to see that there was no end in sight for creating together.”

Premiere: Cola James Debuts New Project with Release of “Black & White”


Matt says of the track, “I actually wrote “Go Easy” not too long after I wrote “Cringe”- I was trying to fix a lot of mistakes I’d made, and it took a lot longer than I expected. I beat myself up until my mistakes seemed easier to make again because I lacked a sense of forgiveness and understanding from people I loved. At the time, Neon Gold invited me to a writing camp in the jungle of Nicaragua and I had a session with Captain Cuts (three wonderful human beings). We sat around trying to write for half a day and basically gave up until Ryan McMahon played a little riff on the guitar. I started writing to it and boom, within just a few hours “Go Easy” existed. That doesn’t happen often but when it does, there is something sincere about it.”

AEPHANEMER release new music video ‘Bloodline’

lennixx ooze cool with slinky R&B on new track ‘Bad Bird’      

Née Hanna (younger sister of Z. Larsson) & Andrea, lennixx continue their stellar work since releasing their debut mixtape ‘hapap’ late last year, curating an innovative diptych of Stockholm’s urban aesthetic, to a tired scandi-pop scene.

Kakkmaddafakka project anthemic melancholy on ‘The Rest’      

+’Diplomacy’ album press support from: The Line of Best Fit, Indie Shuffle, Alternative Press, FAULT Magazine ++++

Tedashii “Never Fold” Announcement

Today Reach Records and rapper, Tedashii celebrates the release of his highly anticipated fifth studio album, NEVER FOLD. As the follow up to his 2016 critically acclaimed release, THIS TIME AROUND—NEVER FOLD continues the journey while boldly exploring new soundscapes and styles. Heralded by chart-topping singles like “Gotta Live” featuring Jordan Feliz and lead single, “God Flex” featuring Trip Lee—the 17-track project evokes the Texas-bred rapper’s renewed creative vision and commitment to persevere. The album also features appearances by LeCrae, Crowder, 1K Phew, Jarry Manna, Parris Chariz, Sara Reeves and Kam Parker.