@skopemag news for april 18, 2019 @ 11 am est

TSHEGUE | ‘The Wheel’

The band have just released this video for thumping new single ‘The Wheel’, shot by Africa Express director Renaud Barret. It trails the Club Etoile Rollers – a mixed-gender collective, some as young as 13 – who skate the chaotic streets of Kinshasa hitching rides on the back of cars, buses & bikes….

Kitsuné Musique launches new Electro Series with Lonely Boy’s “Inside of Me”

French tastemaker label Kitsuné Musique is proud to announce a brand new Electro Series titled “Rendez-vous.” The series will feature monthly singles from up-and-coming and established electronic acts curated by the label. The first track comes from acclaimed artist Lonely Boy with his new single, “Inside of Me.”

J-S Williams – ‘Only Oceans’

JS Williams has played an important role in music both in Montreal and internationally with his work as a composer, guitarist and musician. His unique talent has led him to work with acclaimed artists and he’s already being compared to Bon Iver and Dan Auerbach.

Belaver premieres new single “Partner” via The Talkhouse

“Partner” is a catchy minimalist pop tune. Self categorized as “dark romance,” this duet (with Nona from the band Dark Dark Dark) celebrates having a partner in the fight against cultural conformity.

DRUG APTS new video


Today Offset unveils his video for “Clout (featuring Cardi B).” Creative-directed by Offset and Joseph Desrosiers Jr. and directed by Daniel Russell (Gucci Mane/Jay Rock), “Clout” sees Offset and Cardi take down the clout chasers and coattail riding trolls, and take back their names from the clickbait users.


OTF Ikey Shines Light on Bleak Realities in the “Dead Bodies” Video

Hailing from one of America’s most dangerous cities, OTF Ikey is as hard as they come. Offering a bleak picture of the unfortunate realities of street life, Ikey shares the visceral “Dead Bodies,” his latest video. Displaying his expert melodic phrasing over cloudy synths, Ikey offers a stern, first-person warning about the dangers people face from gang violence in his neighborhood: “We don’t wave white flags/We don’t do peace treaties.” The video dives deep into the consequences of street violence, shining a spotlight on a community rocked by a double homicide, as Ikey and his OTF brethren scheme to protect themselves and their families. Equal parts haunting and melodic, “Dead Bodies” demonstrates the talent that attracted Lil Durk, who signed Ikey to his Only The Family label.

Martian Subculture Premieres “I’ll Be Gold” Via Atwood Magazine

From his base in Ireland’s Limerick City, Martian Subculture creates leftfield, lo-fi psych rock. An eerie, restrained vocal is surrounded by kooky, comatose guitars on tracks that oscillate between themes of love, loneliness and interplanetary exploration. Recorded alone in a bedroom studio, Martian Subculture introduces debut single “I’ll Be Gold” as a unexpected invitation into a new sonic universe.

Psychedelic Metal Trio DRUIDS Stream Entire New Album, “Monument”

Vocalist/guitarist Luke Rauch says about the album, “Monument is based on the idea of balance. I was mentally and physically a mess for such a long time that I felt it was normal. Once I found steady mental ground through yoga and practicing a positive mental attitude, I realized that pushing myself creatively became easier.

Metal trio Druids offer advance listen of new album Monument: Stream

Ellie Goulding Shares Video For Her New Track “Sixteen”

The nostalgic visuals directed by Tim Mattia [1975, Troye Sivan] see Ellie reflecting on her reckless teenage days. Switching between past and present, Ellie sits in a car reminiscing alongside her friend played by Watson Rose about their earlier years. Both Molly Gudz and Emily Venus act out the troublesome doings of Ellie and her friend as rebellious teenagers highlighting the innocence of youth.

See Ellie Goulding Celebrate Her Teenage Friendship in ‘Sixteen’ Video

DROPOUT KINGS Announce US Tour Dates w/ Crazy Town

When you take a group of six degenerates from all over Arizona and put them under one roof, the results prove dangerous. After the dust settled from this eruption, out came DROPOUT KINGS.

Showing no signs of slowing down after a slew of touring and the release of their debut album AudioDope, DROPOUT KINGS will return to the road again this May supporting Crazy Town on their 20th anniversary tour. The tour kicks off May 16th in Ashland, OR and runs through May 31st in Las Vegas, NV.

May 16th – Ashland, OR @ Ashland Armory
May 18th – Spokane, WA @ The Pin
May 19th – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 20th – Missoula, MT @ Monk’s
May 22nd – Billings, MT @ Pub Station
May 23rd – Mandan, ND @ Rock Point
May 24th – Sioux Falls, SD @ Big’s Sports Bar
May 25th – Racine, WI @ Route 20 Outhouse
May 26th – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
May 27th – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
May 28th – Des Moines, IA @ Lefty’s Live Music
May 29th – Fort Collins, CO @ Hodi’s Half Note
May 30th – Provo, UT @ Bill’s Warehouse
May 31st – Las Vegas, NV @ 172 @ The Rio


Upon its release, WHILE WE WAIT, made its chart debut in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 (consumption) while reigning at #1 on the iTunes Overall R&B Albums and Current R&B Albums charts. Pitchfork labeled the mixtape as “her strongest, most distilled release” while PAPER stated “if WHILE WE WAIT is any indication, that sophomore album will be one of the musical highlights of 2019.”

W.C. Beck Shares Video for “The Long Way Home”

“Beck allows his acoustic guitar and shivering organ to produce an almost hymnal feeling, an earnest Americana landscape where sounds rise and fall around the intonations of his welcoming voice.” – The Southern Sounding

Watch Jacob Lee’s “Conscience” Video

Co-directed by Jacob Lee and filmmaker, Kevin Bar, the stunning visuals for “Conscience” were shot across a range of locations in Adelaide, South Australia and on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The video portrays a sense of transportation into a world where Jacob’s albums are written works. A library suggests the vastness of all that’s still to be read, and that Lee’s creativity isn’t always his but that an external power provides the framework.

Bear Hands Debut New Lyric Video For “Reptilians“

Storytelling Sessions Return with Top Musicians

Ellerman House is excited to announce that Ellerman Sessions are back this year by popular demand. The 2019 Ellerman Sessions line-up is filled with South Africa’s finest music talent, who will rock guests with their music and humor them with their storytelling.

Set in the sophisticated elegance of the Ellerman House Wine Gallery, guests will have an exclusive insight into the world of these musicians, as they reveal the inspiration behind their songs and take the audience on a voyage of their journey to now. While these music legends regale poignant memories between rip-roaring sets, the Ellerman House chefs can be found backstage curating a gastronomic experience. Culinary star Chef Peter Tempelhoff, one of South Africa’s best and most innovative chefs, will expertly add to the night’s delicious journey from behind-the-scenes. Each element of the evening is naturally paired with South Africa’s finest wine selection to keep the festivities flowing.

Dean Lewis Releases Official Video for Stay Awake

Global singer-songwriter Dean Lewis, who has amassed nearly 1.57 billion global artist streams to date, has released the official video for his single “Stay Awake.” The song, which The New York Times called “an impressively dynamic number about the hope of love,” has now hit over 16 million audio streams in just 3 weeks. The video was filmed in various locations in the California desert and revolves around a couple who must face the fact their relationship is not working and move on.

Eli Greenhoe unveils new single “Katie’s Song” via The Vinyl District

The track premiered via The Vinyl District who noted, “Sounding like a suburban version of Dylan’s ‘Visions of Johanna,’ Eli Greenhoe’s ‘Katie’s Song’ indirectly exposes the object of his affection by concentrating on the oddball details surrounding her.”

TVD Premiere: Eli Greenhoe, “Katie’s Song”

Sarah Potenza Releases Powerful New Video (“Diamond”); ‘Road To Rome’ Out Now

Vocal powerhouse Sarah Potenza is debuting her latest music video “Diamond,” a stunning track off her recently released, critically-acclaimed album, ‘Road To Rome.’

Sarah Potenza – “Diamond” Music Video Premiere!

IRATA: Heavy Blog Is Heavy Premieres “Weightless;”

Heavy Blog Is Heavy is currently hosting a premiere of “Weightless” from Greensboro, North Carolina-based heavy rock unit IRATA. The track comes by way of their Tower full-length, slated to drop May 24th via Small Stone Records.

Sal The Musician: Runaway dreamer’s debut single

“I feel extremely blessed and lucky because the song was released a few days ago and has generated a fantastic response since then. It has interested multiple radio stations in Ireland, including RTE and Galway Bay FM (which has already aired the song twice), as well as in the UK. It will also be covered by prominent music blogs like Indie Buddie and Neon Music Magazine.”

Crows release stand-out video for “Wednesday’s Child”

Off the back of supporting IDLES on their sell-out UK tour and the release of their acclaimed debut album “Silver Tongues” on Balley Records, Crows release the final video from “Silver Tongues” today in the form of “Wednesday’s Child”. A wide-scale production on the theme of possession, it only accelerates the song’s intensity even further, with the director Sam Taylor saying the following about his involvement:

Nina Nesbitt Shares Video to New Single ‘Love Letter’

Following last night’s sold-out gig at London’s Islington Assembly Hall, Nina Nesbitt continues her upward trajectory by sharing the video to new single ‘Love Letter’ from her critically acclaimed second album ‘The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change’ – which has reached a huge milestone surpassing ¼ billion streams. New single ‘Love Letter’ reaffirms Nina’s status as one of pop’s heroines with a nod to the great R&B pop music of the 1990s and early 2000s.

Holly Tucker – New Single, Country Music Won’t Let Me

Country Music Won’t Let Me – immediately jumped on the Texas Charts due to its great lyrical content and incredible song production. It also immediately gained traction on Spotify when it was added to The Nashville Now editorial Playlist!

Tunedly Creates 3,000th Song Since Its Founding

Four years since Tunedly’s founding, Richard Bonnin is working with Tunedly on his latest lyrical creation, the company’s 3,000th project.

In February 2015, just a few weeks after having released the first prototype of the Tunedly platform – back then under a different name – Bonnin, a songwriter from Texas, connected with this freshly released online music production platform and initiated a project to have one of his written songs recorded professionally.

ABRAHMA unveil poignant “Lost Forever” video; new album out soon!

French progressive heavy rockers ABRAHMA return this May 24th with their third full-length and most accomplished effort to date, “In Time for the Last Rays of Light”, on Small Stone Records. The band share a stirring video on depression and suicide awareness with “Lost Forever” today.