Weekend Edition – @skopemag news for april 27, 2019 @ 11 am est


18 year-old Brooklyn-based emerging rapper Jay Gwuapo releases a new track, “Oh No” featuring his Polo Grounds/RCA Records label mate, Chicago rapper, Calboy. The track is the latest release from his forthcoming From Nothing Pt. 1 project which is due out on May 10th via From Nothing/Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records.

Jamestown Revival’s “Round Prairie Road” premieres at the Austin American-Statesman

Additionally, band member Jonathan Clay shares, “‘Round Prairie Road’ is about a piece of land out in the country that has been in my family since the 70’s. In fact, it’s the place where Zach and I conceived the idea to start Jamestown Revival and where we wrote our first song for the band. As we spent the next 10 years of our life touring, a lot of things changed with the land. Oil companies came to exploit their mineral rights, fences went up and it felt like too many people had a key to the lock on that gate. It was our sacred little piece of paradise, but there was not a way to keep it unchanged – no matter how much we loved that place.”

JOHN LAWRENCE – Announces new album “Narcissus Paradox” out 31st May

A multi-instrumentalist, recording alone in his studio in the remote mountains of Snowdonia, John has a unique approach to orchestrating the sound of a full band. Inspired by the fabulous dark sky views of the heavens above the rugged landscape, attuned to the magic of existence, John’s vision translates into incredibly beautiful, boundary transcending music.


SYCO Music and Columbia Records group PRETTYMUCH releases their new track “Phases” today. The song was co-written by group members Edwin, Bran, and Zion and produced by Some Randoms (Kehlani). Along with the catchy upbeat song, the group also unveiled the official video directed by The Young Astronauts. Watch it HERE.


Since his debut single on soundcloud as a San Fernando Valley high schooler, Diveliner has been an enigmatic figure both on the internet and in the music industry. From 2014 through 2018 not much was known to the public about diveliner. All of his music was released exclusively on soundcloud with months and sometimes years spanning between his releases and his social media tended to follow the same pattern. With each single release he would reappear on instagram with dreamy images of himself or photos he had taken on his iPhone juxtaposed by hysterically unruly and inappropriate tweets. After making a splash on social media and soundcloud following each release, diveliner would breathe in his blossoming fanbase and retreat back to his home studio in Crenshaw to continue developing his sound. His fans balanced a strong demand for more content with a firm understanding of diveliner’s process: Although his release schedule wouldn’t adhere to the modern day news cycle, his sonic growth and vision with each new release was powerful enough to wipe away the wait for it. More and more people began asking “what’s next for diveliner?”, and editorials such as Noisey began to ask “Who is Diveliner?” In 2018 all of our questions began to get answered after a major label bidding war resulted in him signing at Def Jam Recordings and catapulting him into the public eye.

Watch The Video “Commitment” from Monica Here – MonDeenise Music

Tenille Townes’ “I Kept The Roses” Out Today

The song is the third from Townes’ debut Jay Joyce (Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Eric Church) produced album, which is expected later this year on Columbia Nashville. Of the track, Townes says, “This is one of my very favorite songs to sing and I love the message of holding on to the good in the hard things we go through. And being able to smile about the way that it shaped you.”

LAPP fuses flavours of alt-R&B with singer-songwriter sensibility on ‘Ride’ + ‘Farfalla’ EP   

He gained serious acclaim from EARMILK and Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) simply exclaimed ‘What a great f*cking artist!’ on the singer-songwriter’s entrance-single. The artist now makes a stellar move in releasing his debut EP ‘Farfalla’. On focus track ‘Ride’, his emotive vocals soulfully meander alongside haunting reverb-drenched keys.

EP RELEASE // NEMI Touches On Relationships, Anxieties And Sex With Debut EP

South London’s NEMI has released her debut EP ‘You’, full of eclectic tunes produced by the duo Exmoor Emperor. There is a strong influence from classic 80s pop artsits such as Madonna, Blondie and Kate Bush heard throughout the project, which also draws on inspiration from Charlie XCX and Jhene Aiko.

LAMB Release The Secret of Letting Go – Out TODAY on Cooking Vinyl

The Secret of Letting Go is all about the space between sounds. From album opener “Phosphorus'” minimalist harmonics to the dying choral embers of “One Hand Clapping”; through the snaking sub-bass drops that drive the title track and “Moonshine”, into the whirl and spin of “Deep Delirium” and the simple piano loops that help “Imperial Measures” float above you, there’s space everywhere. Sometimes it’s evocative of sun-drenched horizons, at others it is contemplative, reflective; occasionally the space is itchy and anticipatory, pointing towards moments of ecstatic abandon. Throughout the record though, it’s the space that allows Lou Rhodes’ superlunary voice to glide and soar gloriously to bridge the silences in-between. It’s all of this together that makes The Secret of Letting Go such an utterly compelling return to form.

Photo Credit: Ifusha Kalina

Devin Kirtz Returns with MOVE EP

On his MOVE EP, Devin shares, “I’m beyond excited to release this collection of music. Not only am I getting to bring new life to my babies ‘MOVE’ and ‘MY DAY,’ but I am also able to show how I have evolved and matured as an artist with these new songs.”

NMF: Maude Latour Releases “Superfruit” Single and Video Today

The 19-year-old New Yorker possesses the unique ability to craft a song that glows with light and color meanwhile covering introspective subject matter as she takes on topics like fear of death and loneliness whilst presenting imagery of pop rocks and summer bliss.

1017 Rapper/Serial Entrepreneur Z Money Announces Shawty Paid Album, Coming May 10th

Says Z Money, “Shawty Paid is like an alter ego of mine. When you hear me say that before I rap, you know I’m about to go in on my money talk! this song is the perfect introduction to my next tape, and DY always brings the best out of me.”


Alexandria Maillot new video: “Messed It Up”

“after pursuing music for nearly a decade in Vancouver, I was working three jobs, living paycheck-to-paycheck and had very little in terms of both time and energy to create.”


Olivia O’Brien, the 19-year old Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter named one of “100 Women Revolutionizing Pop Music” by Paper magazine, and whose songs have surpassed over 1.5 billion global streams, releases her long-awaited debut album today via Island Records, WAS IT EVEN REAL? The album gathers all of Olivia’s recent critically acclaimed single releases, including “Love Myself,” “Just Friends,” and “Just A Boy.”

PETER FRAMPTON BAND’S ALL BLUES JUNE 7 VIA UMe, Farewell tour this summer!

All Blues, the forthcoming covers album from the Peter Frampton Band, is set for release on June 7 via UMe. The album is a collection of Frampton’s favorite blues classics and was recorded with his longtime touring band, made up of Adam Lester (guitar/vocals), Rob Arthur (keyboards/guitar/vocals) and Dan Wojciechowski (drums).

“I Just Want To Make Love To You” (featuring Kim Wilson) is the first song to be released from the new album, and is available now with digital album pre-order.

Thank You Scientist release first new song in 3 years | Share solar-powered “FXMLDR” video via Prog

“We’re really excited about this new album. We’ve put in so much work into this limited bundle to make sure it’s perfect, and we hope our fans agree and help us crush our release week. We’re a bunch of weirdos making music for weirdos that still care about weird music, and I think that’s a beautiful thing.” – Tom Monda

MAX Releases Vibrant New Music Video For Single “Love Me Less” Today

“I made this video with so many of my best friends,” MAX said about the video. “Drew and I spent months writing the treatment and visualizing every scene to create the colorful world we both envisioned. It feels amazing to finally share it with everyone!”


Critically acclaimed singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Craig Stickland debuts his brand new single and Van Session for “Stop At Nothing” today via Baeble Music. Blurring the lines between soul, folk, rock and pop the track starts with soothing guitar riffs before breaking into a full choir as Craig declares, “I’ll stop at nothing for you.”

Second Still ‘Violet Phase’ LP Out 5/17 On Fabrika & Sentimental Records

Second Still is a three-piece band from Los Angeles, CA. The band’s sound has evolved to combine their 80’s inspired foundation with modern electronic elements and even nods towards pop and shoegaze. Alex Hartman and Ryan Walker met vocalist Suki Kwan in New York in 2014. They have since released two EP’s – Early Forms (2016) and Equals (2018) – as well as an eponymous debut LP in 2017. Second Still’s sophomore full-length, Violet Phase, will be released on vinyl and CD via Fabrika Records and as a limited edition tape run via Belgian imprint Sentimental Records on May 17, 2019, and the band will be touring Europe for the third time in May and June 2019 to debut the new record.


Meiko Announces Release of ‘In Your Dreams’ & Shares 1st Single “Gimme Gimme”

More than a dozen years into her unique career — which includes a chart-topping hit in Japan; a fan base stretching from Los Angeles to Tokyo; and countless solo concerts featuring little more than her acoustic guitar and breathily expressive voice — Meiko gets back to the basics with her brand new record, In Your Dreams, out Friday, May 21st.

Def Leppard To Release Limited Edition Box Set June 21

Thisis the second of four volumes of the complete recorded output of Def Leppard available as both a 10-LP, 180gm vinyl box and a limited edition 7-CD set featuring all the recordings from the band in the 1990’s with their original packaging. The albums were re-mastered by Ronan McHugh at Joe’s Garage and cut by Greg Moore.

Def Leppard Announce Limited-Edition ‘Volume Two’ Box Set, Out June 21

CLASS PHOTO Releases the Indie Pop Gem “Hard Conversation”

Some of the best pop songs are born out of tragedy. For Patrick Morris of CLASS PHOTO, his latest single “HARD CONVERSATION” is a bouncy indie-pop song that tackles the devastating tragedy of the loss of a parent. Worthy to perch alongside the best tracks of Luna, early Weezer, and Imperial Teen, “Hard Conversation” (release date: Friday, April 26, 2019 via Norway’s 9AM Records) is replete with jangly acoustic guitar, handclaps and breezy harmonies. But nestled deep inside the lyrics is a longing and outreach for understanding.