Memorial Day Weekend edition – @skopemag news for may 25, 2019 @ 7 am est

Grace Lightman announces debut album ‘Silver Eater’ & shares new single ‘Aztec Level’

Grace has been working towards her debut solo record for the past few years and her vision is finally realised in the form of ‘Silver Eater’. The album has been a collaborative effort between Grace as well as Ben Baptie [previously mixed & engineered; Moses Sumney, Young Fathers, Puma Blue, Lady Gaga] who makes his producer debut on this record and creative partner / co-writer Patrick J Pearson – between the three of them they’ve created a truly unique record that encapsulates Grace’s surreal pop driven vision and unique artistry.

New video: Phonseca ‘Between a Dream’

“Between a Dream” is the self-released debut album by Phonseca, electronica solo project of Bristol-based artist Matthew O’Connor.

Israeli Symphonic Progressive Metal Group SCARDUST unveils music video for ‘Out Of Strong Came Sweetness’

Says the band, ‘Out of Strong Came Sweetness’ is a key phrase in Samson and Delilah’s Biblical tale. The song is written and performed as a duet between the two main characters – Samson (Kobi Farhi) and Delilah (Noa Gruman). The first verse represents Samson’s character, the conflicts he has to deal with and his blind attraction to Delilah even though she is on the enemy’s side. In the second verse, Delilah tells how she convinced him to tell her the secret to his powers (which is the length of his hair). The chorus is a direct quote of the key phrase of the story. It’s basically a paradox, represented by metaphors, that is integrated in all different parts of the story.”

RED DEAD ROADKILL – New Single + Video & Album Release / Download

Dark, angry, bewitching and hungry – a new phoenix rises from the ashes of an already forgotten band. Songs for the soul have been forged from the heart. Earth stomping hand-made guitar rock from Hamburg’s dark rooms with feminine dragon figureheads will make stages insecure in future.

Leeds indie upstarts Party Hardly share fuzzed-up, melodic offering ‘The Hopskotch Man’

Leeds indie upstarts Party Hardly share fuzzed-up, melodic offering The Hopskotch Man, the first track taken from upcoming EP Modern Strife Is Snobbish dropping later this summer.

KELSEY LU “Due West” Remix From SKRILLEX

The original version of “Due West,” taken from Lu’s massively acclaimed debut album Blood, was produced by Rodaidh McDonald and Skrillex. The DJ and producer recently spoke with Lu for Interview Magazine, where Lu said of their relationship, “Collaboration is about an energetic exchange. When we worked together, watching you manipulate soundwaves was so inspiring.”

Seekay – ‘Candlelight’ Single & Video

Seekay is the performance vehicle and persona of an Australian songwriter and poet. Their poetry has been published on both sides of the Atlantic and they have received scriptwriting awards and mentions in the US and UK. Late last year they released their first commercial song Hurts which received positive reviews, airplay and numerous global Spotify listings.

South-African indie-poppers Diamond Thug release esoteric new EP      

Formed in a basement in Kommetjie, a small surf town on the southern tip of Africa, Diamond Thug combine Sub-Saharan rhythms with indie pop dreamscapes, with a vitality and energy bursting from the seams of each track that becomes juxtaposed with melancholic themes.

R.W. Roldan Presents ‘The Color Of’

Race has been a pretty popular subject in contemporary music lately, and there isn’t any reason to wonder why. Everywhere we look in today’s modern media, the subject of America’s struggle to find equality and civility among all of her people is impossible to escape.

J Styles drops his highly anticipated ‘Can’t Style Me’ mixtape

North West London’s J Styles returns with his inaugural mixtape ‘Can’t Style Me’, a gratifying project packed with hard lyrics and his unmistakable flow.

Sander van Doorn remixes Syn Cole & Dakota single ‘Lights Go Down’

Dance music legend Sander van Doorn has applied the remix treatment to ‘Lights Go Down’, the latest release from Estonian artist Syn Cole and London-based vocalist Dakota.

Out 24th May, Sander’s rework trades in the carefree vibe of the original – ramping up the progressive breakdown, toning down the poppier elements and instilling Dakota’s vocals with an extra degree of intensity.

New Single ‘Fragile’ – BEING – FFO – Keaton Henson – Daughter – Julien Baker

Liily’s new film “CITY/VALLEY” available everywhere

The Brekfest festival, presented by Southern California based indie label Flush Records and their rising young alternative band LIILY, took place during January 2019 in Los Angeles over four Tuesdays at the Echo. Sold out every night with lines around the block and wild all ages crowds of moshing teens, the festival points to a new moment rising for the city and its young rock and roll scene. The palpable energy of the shows and the culture and characters surrounding it are the focus of the new documentary series “CITY/VALLEY” with new episodes available on all platforms today with subsequent videos to follow daily from May 27 to June 4.

Freddie Joachim Releases ‘Beyond The Sea of Trees’ Album

Californian producer Freddie Joachim shares his full length LP ‘Beyond The Sea of Trees’, to be released on May 24th via Jakarta Records.

Just Loud releases new single ‘Blue On Blue’

Genre-defying Atlanta singer Just Loud has shared his new single, ‘Blue On Blue’, a vibe-y alt-anthem about the aftermath of a toxic relationship and the downward spiral that follows as a result of self-medication.

pronoun embraces the heartache on debut album, “i’ll show you stronger” / out now

One woman band pronoun (Alyse Vellturo) today releases her highly anticipated debut record, i’ll show you stronger via Rhyme & Reason Records.

The theme of recovery is constant throughout the album, underneath the barrage of fuzzy guitars, thick bass lines, airy synths, and D.I.Y. production. “This record picks up where my first EP left off. It pretty much saved my life,” pronoun explains, “It helped me realize it’s ok to be sad, and crazy, and hurt, and vulnerable, but it’s just as important to stand up for yourself and know what you deserve, and lastly to move on.”

Gabrielle Papillon releases “Shout It Out,” a protest song for the modern age

Available on streaming platforms today, the single sees Papillon leaning harder than ever into her penchant for pop production and arrangement. Working with collaborators Sarah DeCourcy (Kylie Minogue, Armin Van Buuren) and Corey LeRue (Neon Dreams, Port Cities) on the track, “Shout It Out” pulsates with arpegiatted echoing pianos, deep fuzzed-out bass, and a steady head-bopping drive.


New Orleans-based rap duo $UICIDEBOY$, comprised of cousins $crim and Ruby da Cherry, have released their new collaborative EP with famed Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, Live Fast Die Whenever today via G59 Records / Caroline. The six-track EP features Barker and nu-metal heavyweight guitarist MUNKY from Korn. The release pays homage to the duo’s roots while exploring new sounds with vocals and production steeped in hardcore and punk elements paired with fast-paced, frenzied percussion by Barker.

Barker is no stranger to the hip-hop world. Having collaborated with rappers Run The Jewels, Ghostmane, and Vic Mensa last year, his joint project with $UICIDEBOY$ is set to solidify his place as an innovator across multiple genres. The duo continues to transcend rap genres and cut through the noise while growing a massive devout cult-like following that’s catapulted the group to mainstream recognition through not only the rise of SoundCloud rap but co-signs from mainstream legends Juicy J, Mike D from Beastie Boys, Drake, and Post-Malone.

The Waterboys New Album ‘Where The Action Is’ Out Now, Touring The U.S. This Fall

The 10-song genre-defying album is a testament of frontman Mike Scott’s enduring talents. One of the finest British songwriters of the past four decades, his songs have been covered and/or recorded by artists including Prince, who crafted two different arrangements of Scott’s classic “The Whole Of The Moon”, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Steve Earle, and Ellie Goulding, who had a top three hit in 2013 with “How Long Will I Love You.”