@skopemag news for June 12, 2019 @ 2 pm est

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The Women Changing The Midde East; Layla Kardan Joins Forces With Saudi Arabia’s Biggest Influencers

Having gained support from some of the largest and most respected brands and performed on major UEA stages such as Emirates Airline Jazz Festival, Art Dubai, and the Dubai International Film Festival, Layla Kardan has now returned, collaborating with one of Saudi Arabia’s most exciting and upcoming fashion designers, Arwa Al Banawi on new single ‘The Suitable Woman’, produced by rising middle eastern star, ROBN.

Hey Skope Mag – Calitsa Kazuko’s new seductive video ‘Come To Mama’ for fans of Bjork/Goldfrapp

New release by Calista Kazuko who has made a very bizarre and edgy video for ‘Come To Mama’ which must be seen just to understand what I mean, Calista is all about ‘powerful woman being sexualized in the past’. To try and pigeon hole the genre of the track is heard but you can glimpse some early cinematic Goldfrapp with the craziness of Bjork. Calista is also the singer in the acclaimed project ‘Voice of Aiko’

Bess Atwell shares beautiful nostalgic music video ‘Ventnor Villas’

Today, singer Songwriter, Bess Atwell shares nostalgic music video for ‘Ventnor Villas’ as part of her enchanting 5 track EP ‘Big Blue’ released via Mother’s Milk Records (rel 24.05.19). The ‘Big Blue’ EP was produced by Giles Barrett (Johnny Flynn, Marika Hackman, Goat Girl) and follows acclaimed debut album ‘Hold Your Mind’ released in 2016.

Hollywood actress features in new SUN SILVA video

Critically acclaimed London collective SUN SILVA have released the video for their new single ‘Just The Romantic’.

It premiered with Clash as their Track Of The Day who described the single as an, “ultra-catchy return, with its buoyant Maccabees style chorus pitted against some distinctive, deeply original word play.

Sir Woman (Kelsey Wilson of Wild Child) Announces Debut Single “Highroad”

Kelsey Wilson, co-founder and fontwoman of the indie-pop band Wild Child, is Sir Woman. The new project from Wilson releases her first single today, “Highroad,” featuring performances from Robert Ellis (Guitar/Piano), Nik Lee (Guitar) of The Texas Gentlemen, Daniel Creamer (Keys/Synth), and Taylor Craft (Musical Arrangements / Bass) and Tom Myers (drums) of Wild Child.

Paul Abrahamian (CBS’s Big Brother) Shares His Track from EP Due Out June 21st

A follow up to his self-title 2018 release, the new EP is a strong showing of a fully-modern singer-songwriter, bent on expressing life’s more intense and complicated emotions from loss, memory, to freedom despite pain. The dark, moody, and synth-heavy sounds make the record feel like a lonely 3AM smoke on a rooftop in L.A.

The sonic palate of the record is a mixture of many of the bands influences, such as James Blake, The Neighbourhood, Bon Iver, Chet Faker, and Caribou. This wide range of inspirations push genre-blurring to the max and result in an edgy, dark energy that pervades the record.

Tinariwen Announce New Album ‘Amadjar’

The story of Amadjar – the new album from the Grammy award-winning Tuareg musicians Tinariwen – begins at the end of October 2018 at the Taragalte Festival of nomadic cultures in the Moroccan Sahara. Following their appearance at the festival, Tinariwen hit the road and head for Mauritania, via southern Morocco, Western Sahara and the Atlantic coast, to hook up with the singer Noura Mint Seymali and set up and record their new album there.

What Will Replace The Music CD?

The award-winning music innovator Alexander Goldberg Jero is now set to upgrade the way people watch movies and listen to music. High Definition Audio, otherwise known as HD Audio is where Jero’s company, MediaInVision, is placing their focus. MediInVision currently expects their HD Audio card, the HD Music Card, to extinguish the CD market within the next 10 years.

What’s so special about the HD Music Card? Consider the difference between Mono and stereo and then stereo to surround sound. As the Compact Disc was to the vinyl LP, the HD Music Card represents the next stage in the evolution of sound technology. The quality of the HD Music Card is the differentiating factor. Imagine a completely immersive audio experience (like you get at the movies or in a high-end home theater system) at your fingertips whenever you want it.

Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky share “For the Sun” video

Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky, who recently released their acclaimed collaborative album Droneflower on Sacred Bones, are kicking off their East Coast tour this week. They’re sharing the stop-motion animated video for the song “For The Sun,” directed by Deborah Sheedy.

Kishi Bashi Shares “Violin Tsunami” Video

The inspiration for the song that came from a violin that was gifted to me called ‘Tsunami.’ The luthier, who is Japanese-Brazilian and an ordained buddhist priest, told me he embodied his prayers for the victims and survivors of the Fukushima tsunami tragedy into the making of the instrument,” explains Kishi Bashi. “I immediately began to play it and was inspired to create a piece of music about the injustice of the Japanese-American Incarceration of WWII. In the video, the spirits are ultimately transformed into a peaceful bed of lanterns that embody the spirit of healing and the transmission of memory.” Released on May 31st via Joyful Noise Recordings, Omoiyari has been earning glowing press from outlets including The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, NPR Music (‘First Listen,’ ‘New Music Friday’), Noisey, Smithsonian Magazine, Paste, and Exclaim!.


Chicago MC, Ajani Jones has announced his debut LP Dragonfly arriving July 16th. The LP will come via Closed Sessions, the Chicago tastemaker label who have a knack for being first on some of Chicago’s most unique talents with releases that include Jamila Woods HEAVN and more recent LEGACY!LEGACY!, Kweku Collins Nat Love among others. Ajani Jones, hailing from Chicago’s Southside is no different and it’s with Dragonfly he aims to make his mark. Armored with a razor-sharp wit and quick, syncopated flow, Ajani created the LP ” because I realized that growth was essential for myself as a person and artist before I was ready for success and the next phase of my life. I had held onto childish ways and alienated myself so many years and this project was a literal transformation of myself.”

Wan – ‘Spend My Dayz’

Wan is trying to find his way to happiness through the streets of LA. His eyes are covered with flowers because he is focused on his goal. He is blocking out everything and everyone. Only at the end when his eyes are revealed he is fully at peace with nature open and accepting.

Lizzo, Jay Z producer Nate Mercereau debuts “This Simulation Is A Good One”

“‘This Simulation is a Good One’ is about taking a moment to notice the details of the world around you,” says Mercereau of the track. “Slowing down to appreciate the beautiful intricacies of every day life. It’s a state of appreciation for the countless little events that had to happen for you to be where you are today. Everything from the mundane to the spectacular. Even if we are not the original beings and we are participating in the ancestor simulation, it’s a good one. This song was made in Elysian Heights, Los Angeles on a Tascam 388 with Roland GR300 guitar synthesizer and live percussion from Derek G Taylor.”

Beatbaby – Kuki Tape

Every track takes influence from the Japanese and London street style brand in which celebrates the gaming industry. Kuki describe themselves as a creative design house, serving up London gaming – streetstyle with a Japanese twist. So, it makes sense that this beat tape is based around gaming and arcades, as you will hear once you listen to it. The tape was produced, mixed and mastered by Beatbaby herself.


Grace will be releasing her new single “Ur So Beautiful” on June 28. “Ur So Beautiful” follows the release of her moody track “Stray,” which was the first new music release since “Clearly” in early 2018.

“I’m so excited for everyone to finally get to hear “Ur So Beautiful,” I can’t wait to perform it,” says Grace. “This song is romantic but it’s also empowering — it can be directed at anything or anyone. It’s also kind of a note to self… a song to boost your confidence. Like, I know I’m beautiful… don’t I know that? I always try to hide it but then when I’m alone and am looking in my bathroom mirror, I know I’m beautiful. I’m good enough. I hope everyone feels that.”

Black Belt Eagle Scout announces new album “At the Party With My Brown Friends” out August 30th via Saddle Creek

Black Belt Eagle Scout – the project led by multi-instrumentalist Katherine Paul – announces her sophomore album, At the Party With My Brown Friends, out August 30th via Saddle Creek. At The Party With My Brown Friends is the follow up to Mother Of My Children – “a compact reflection on loss, queer desire, and the endurance of sacred native traditions” (Pitchfork, Best Rock Albums of 2018). The album was inspired by the reciprocal love Paul has experienced in the last few years. Throughout, she conveys a sense of community and connection, dealing with love, desire, and friendship.

Krief drops new ‘Idols’ single + Dovetale LP

More About The Release:

“When I started recording the songs, I kept telling my wife that it feels like it’s the end of an era. I felt like I was celebrating my previous work by closing it off with this record and trying to get more in touch with my roots as a songwriter. I feel like I’m making one last record this way before moving on to something else.”

Shakeout Release New Music Video “Take Time”

Yonkers, NY-based alt punk duo Shakeout has released a music video for their new single “Take Time,” produced by Matt Brasch of The Wonder Years. The track will be on the band’s upcoming EP Balance the Imbalance, which is set to release on August 2nd

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Announces Kygo as Newest Ambassador for Polo Red

Ralph Lauren Fragrances is expanding its presence in the global music scene with a new global ambassador and strategic partnership with top-selling franchise, POLO RED. Beginning June 2019, the brand’s newest campaign will prominently feature world-renowned DJ, producer and songwriter KYGO in a strategic partnership with the world’s largest music streaming platform Spotify.

At 27 years old, KYGO has established himself as a global sensation in electronic dance music. In 2015, he earned the title of Spotify’s Breakout Artist of the Year after becoming the fastest artist to garner one billion streams. Since then, he has generated more than 28 million monthly listeners and 10.4 billion streams on the platform. He also boasts more than 9.7 million social media followers around the world.

Tee Grizzley shares “Sweet Thangs” video from new album ‘Scriptures’

Last week Tee Grizzley dropped his sophomore album, Scriptures, and now shares the video for his single “Sweet Thangs”. The video, directed by Mills Miller, follows a three part story of greed, karma and revenge while Tee reminisces about his life before hip-hop. Watch the video below and listen to Scriptures out now on 300 Entertainment.