Weekend edition – @skopemag news for may 19, 2019 @ 10:35 am est

Khushi debuts “From Me” following tours with James Blake

“This song began life when the opening melody came to me on the way back home from a night out,” says Khushi. “I went straight to my shed and recorded a rough version of the instrumental. Later down the line I wrote the song over it. The lyrics are to do with a desire to be rid of any mental or emotional weight that you have been struggling under for too long. And more specifically, at points in the song, to do with a feeling of being constricted around other people, being held back by the real or imagined perceptions and judgements of others, and a desire to be more free from that.”

Two Fingers (Amon Tobin) new single ‘You Ain’t Down’ out now

Hot on the heels of the release of his long-awaited and acclaimed new album ‘Fear In A Handful Of Dust’, Amon Tobin returns with a new single under his Two Fingers pseudonym, the outlet for the prolific Tobin’s more bass driven and club-oriented music. The initial idea for Two Fingers was to apply drum n’ bass production to deep seated Hip-Hop sensibilities. From the sweaty dancefloors it was intended for, to features in blockbuster movies and video games to global ad campaigns for major brands,Two Fingers appears to stride effortlessly between commercial appeal and uncompromised brutality.


L.A. based Dana Williams releases her first single off her upcoming project for KIDinaKORNER/Island Records. Williams’ label debut embeds its ethereal sonic palette with endlessly inventive and hard-hitting beats (an element that recalls her past collaborations with left-of-center hip-hop artists like Freddie Gibbs, Boogie, and Rejjie Snow). “Holiday is an expression of self-love and realizing that is it better to be alone than in the company of a turbulent relationship,” Dana notes. Williams softly asserts a need for independence, her lyrics drifting between poetic and blunt against a dreamy backdrop of rumbling beats and rhapsodic string work.

Marcus Alland – Forza (Music Video)


Today, Barny Fletcher dropped his debut mixtape, CANVAS2033; featuring the DJ Shadow produced track “Found It,” the first single “Christ Flow”– which has just been added to the BBC Radio 1 Introducing playlist, and recent track “Blu Skyes.” Most recently, Barny played his first ever live shows this month at Live at Leeds and The Great Escape, and will take his explosive performance out on the road through the summer (with stops at BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend, Benicassim, Lollapalooza, Parklife, Longitude and Reading & Leeds).

Experimental indie-pop artist KYOSi Debuts a “Defiant anthem for the underprivileged and voiceless” via EARMILK

The three-track release is a blend of ethereal pop, folk, and nods to jazz. Negative Space takes listeners on a journey through grief and anger by exploring themes ranging from class politics, race and gender issues, to the coercion of capitalism. The EP serves as a political commentary on the current administration and the injustices being faced nationwide.

Video: Suigeneris – “Cap 2 Much” ft. Jasper

Just 15-years-old, the Bay Area’s Suigeneris gets by on his preternatural melodic ability and his sly sense of humor. Preparing a feast for the senses, Suigeneris shares “Cap 2 Much,” his latest video. Speckled with subdued guitars and ominous flute, “Cap 2 Much” is a thorough chronicling of Suie’s outlandish spending habits, memorably belting “used to be a hundred pounds ’til I put all that ice ice on my back.” In the video, Suie and featured artist Jasper invade a tasteful cooking show, interrupting the chef and dancing with their favorite ingredients. Suie and Jasper eventually shrink down to the size of their meals, as Suie rides a lobster like a horse. “Cap 2 Much” is the latest in a line of high quality videos from Suie’s recent mixtape Suinami, following the romantic Feel The Same,” the demonic video for “Selfish,” and the cheekily funny video for “Dancin.”


Out today through Big Beat Records, Armin van Buuren puts his signature, uplifting, progressive, trance spin on the iconic rock anthem, kicking off the remix by isolating front man David Lee Roth’s classic verse and adding in arpeggiating synths and cowbell for good measure. Naturally the remix explodes once it reaches the song’s classic chorus, and never lets go from there, steadily building until an unforgettable climax. Who would’ve thought “Jump” could get any more anthemic?!

The South Austin Moonlighters Release New Album, Travel Light

“If you had to give a brief description of The South Austin Moonlighters, you might say that the band is easy on the ears. On the new album Travel Light (produced by Anders Osborne), the band blends rock, country, and southern soul into a sound that is hard to resist.”- Gary Schwind, Americana Highways

Yuna + G-Eazy team up for “Blank Marquee” video, new album ‘Rouge’ out July 12

“Blank Marquee was inspired by late 80’s, early 90’s pop music that I grew up listening to in my dad’s old car… we wanted to write something kinda sassy, but also a song about standing up for yourself,” Yuna says of her inspiration behind the track, co-written by Chloe Angelides.

Janice Shares New Track “Hearts Will Bleed” || Out Now On PIAS

The track evokes the vivid, ’90s club scene through its unconstrained attitude and irresistible beat, carrying forward a more daring side of Janice as an artist and songwriter. “Hearts Will Bleed” is the first music Janice has put out since the release of her critically-acclaimed debut album Fallin Up in 2018. It is also the first song off the upcoming EP I Don’t Know A Thing About Love which will be released in August, 2019.


“King Of Capulet is about meeting somebody who is so dope they’re almost alien or KING like. Somebody with an aura so stunning you kind of wonder “who are you and where do you come from.” I’ve only experienced it once or twice, this “I absolutely 100% need to know you” feeling. Jake & I were always super drawn to Romeo and Juliet; the beautiful and grandiose but painfully tragic qualities of that story are so perfectly captured through Shakespeare’s writing. When I wrote “King Of Capulet”, I was like “who is the king of this entire story?” I’d imagine his aura would be the EXACT same as the person the song is actually about.” – London, X Lovers

Rusty Gear Song and Music Video “Rest in Arizona” to Raise Money for Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

“Rest in Arizona” is a stirring new music video and ballad from American country and southern rock singer-songwriter Rusty Gear. The song was produced by Nashville, TN-based guitarist Tony Sarno, and was recorded at Southern Ground Studios in Nashville. The work is available on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify, and major streaming platforms.

Walker Hayes Gets Personal In Latest Release, “Don’t Let Her”

Written by Walker, with Andrew DeRoberts and multi GRAMMY-award winning producer and Songwriter Shane McAnally, and produced by McAnally and DeRoberts, “Don’t Let Her” is both an uplifting and devastatingly honest song that chronicles a conversation between Walker and a hypothetical man taking his place if something were to happen to him.


Los Angeles-based artist/producer Gryffin has released a poignant new single called “Hurt People” with singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc. Written by Bastille frontman Dan Smith, “Hurt People” is the second offering from Gryffin’s highly anticipated debut album Gravity (due out this year via Darkroom/Geffen Records).

Carly Rae Jepsen Releases New Album DEDICATED Today

Multi-platinum Grammy, Juno and Polaris Prize nominated singer/songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen releases her fourth album, Dedicated, today May 17th on Schoolboy/Interscope Records. Jepsen worked with a crew of trusted songwriters and producers, among them John Hill, Jack Antonoff, Captain Cuts, Patrik Berger, and her longtime collaborator Tavish Crowe, on Dedicated. Jepsen released “Party For One,” the first track off Dedicated, in the fall of 2018 and leading up to her new album release gave fans a taste of what’s to come with the songs “Now That I Found You,” “No Drug Like Me,” “Julien” and most recently “Too Much.”


Long Island-bred singer/songwriter/producer Drama Relax has shared a seductive new single called “Sprung.” Released via Interscope Records, “Sprung” is accompanied by a gorgeously hazy video directed by Edgar Esteves (Tory Lanez, T-Pain, Lil Baby, Alicia Keys).


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.

Elle Winter Releases Debut Single

“I’m very excited to begin my next musical chapter with my single ‘Sick of You,’ which describes being with a person who understands you and that you connect with” explains Elle. “It’s fitting for me to set the tone of this chapter with a message of connection, given that this is what I strive to do through my music: connect with others.”

Merival – My New Song: “No Brakes”

It feels messed up to walk that line of mental anguish vs. stability, ‘bad’ art vs. ‘good’ art, but I think we all do it at some point. With this song, I was basically wishing that I was depressed again so I could write ‘better’ music. The sentiment was definitely a bit tongue-in-cheek. It’s nuts to think that I was around 20 when I wrote this song and was already thinking “oh god, I’ve peaked.” Just a little melodramatic.

Ibiza Mainstays Mambo Brothers Unveil ‘If You Wanna’

Brothers and production/DJ duo Mambo Brothers, Christian and Alan Anadon, have unleashed their latest Balearic anthem, ‘If You Wanna’, via Armada Subjekt.

twentythreenineteen Releasing Self-Titled Debut LP on June 21

Philly’s twentythreenineteen will release their self-titled debut full-length on June 21 via Know Hope Records. The band debuted a track and music video (“Losing Touch”) earlier this week on The Alternative.


Award-winning Northern Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance has today released ‘You Love Are My Only’, the first track to be taken from his very special upcoming two-album series ‘From Muscle Shoals’ & ‘To Memphis’. The two albums are intended to be companion pieces and pay homage to the deeply rooted Soul and Americana traditions that have influenced Vance’s approach to songwriting.


K’ron – who last year traveled the U.S. as part of Atlantic Records and Live Nation’s Access Granted: HBCU Edition for a series of exclusive concerts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities across America – has earned far-reaching applause for his distinctive blend of classic R&B with contemporary hip hop soul. Born in D.C. and raised in Maryland, he released his breakthrough single, “Round of Applause,” in 2014, earning more than 15 million streams thus far. The self- described “Wild Lova” quickly proved an in-demand producer and songwriter, collaborating with such artists as Omarion, Diggy Simmons, ELHAE and more, while establishing his own lane as a solo act.

Alt/Hard Rock Artist, Hanna Barakat, Releases Single

Born in Texas to an American mother and a Lebanese father, Barakat spent her early years traveling around the world with her family. Barakat pays homage to her roots on the album.

Pop Rock Band HAAS Releases Debut EP “Love & Loss”

Having released two introductory singles earlier this year, “Behind Those Eyes” and “Mama Always Told Me,” HAAS has been spending time crafting and perfecting their energetic pop/rock fusion. The 5 tracks pull from sentimental places; “Didn’t Raise No Man” stems from heartbreak, lyrically speaking about feeling obligated to put your passion on hold for somebody else, while “Home” confronts a tragic loss and openly discusses suicide. Lead vocalist Sam Haas spent all of 2018 writing the narrative that developed into “Love & Loss,” taking time to evolve sonically. Although just their debut record, HAAS knows their sound (think of a modern Kelly Clarkson/The Veronicas/Ashlee Simpson combo), and takes it on with passion. “Love & Loss” will be promoted with an EP release show at Jammin’ Java (Vienna, VA) on June 10th.


Aeris Roves has today dropped his beautiful new single “Don’t Ask,” which is available now via RCA Records. An effortless blend of atmospheric R&B, soulful acoustics and confessional croon, “Don’t Ask” captures those conflicting forces – paranoia and hope, pain and numbness, avoidance and confrontation – in a relationship where the writing is on the wall. Music, for Aeris, again appears the salvation: everything he touches strikes an emotive, cathartic chord (despite its turbulent origin-story), and in 2019, Aeris Roves looks to dig a whole lot deeper.


Flipping the industry upside down, disrupting the charts, and raising the bar for genre-less culture, “Old Town Road” continues its reign at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the sixth week in a row. The song was the #1 greatest airplay gainer on the Mediabase rhythm and urban airplay charts this week, notching over 99 million in total radio audience. Together with the Billy Ray Cyrus and Diplo remixes, “Old Town Road” has accumulated over 1 Billion worldwide streams to date and has sold over 4 Million combined units in the US alone.