@skopemag news for june 19, 2019 @ 9:15 am est


Today, alt/electronic trio A R I Z O N A have released a brand-new single called “Nostalgic.” The incredibly catchy, sentimental bop marks the second single from the band’s forthcoming sophomore effort, the follow-up to their hugely successful debut album, GALLERY. “Nostalgic” is available now at all DSPs and streaming services HERE.

Maxo Kream Announces Brandon Banks LP, His Major Label Debut Out July 19th

Rising from extreme poverty in the Houston slums to become one of rap’s most compelling raconteurs, Maxo Kream’s story is just beginning. Turning the page to a new chapter, Maxo announces Brandon Banks, his upcoming major label debut. The culmination of a journey from struggle to triumph, Brandon Banks brings listeners back into the world of Maxo Kream–a world that contrasts the grim realities of poverty with the luxurious life of a successful rapper. Born Emekwanem Ogugua Biosah Jr., Maxo grew up idolizing his father who spent much of Maxo’s youth in-and-out of prison–in his illegal enterprise, his father used the code name Brandon Banks. The upcoming album finds Maxo grappling with his newfound fame–as a budding star and recent RCA Records signee, Maxo has no need to return to his previous life, but he is still very attached to friends and family in the street, who he is not quite able to lift out of their circumstances. Featuring appearances from Travis Scott, Megan Thee Stallion, and many others, Brandon Banks drops on July 19th via Big Persona/88 Classic/RCA Records.

Folk-Pop’s Biggest Earworm, Union Duke Unleash New Foot-Tapping Favourite

‘Sweet harmonies, jangling banjo and a soulful lead vocal’ – Americana UK

Reminder: Illanoiz Releases Official Video for “Caina” Today

Brooklyn rhyme smith Illanoiz released the video for his recent single “Caina” today. The cinematic visuals come fresh off the heels of Illanoiz’s crowd-owning performance at Bushwick’s First Annual Puerto Rican Day parade last weekend. Premiered via ThisIs50.com, the video is described as having “…Colombian cartel vibes while telling a rags to riches story of the enticing lures of the dope game.”

Hear “Daytona” off the upcoming debut album from Tokyo’s De Lorians

Their s/t album is out July 26th Beyond Beyond is Beyond. “Daytona” premiered recently on Post-Trash calling it “a sprawling tsunami of a song that opens with what sounds like the THX or PSOne tone, and builds into bonkers jazz fusion from there.”

“…a weird hybrid of Mothers Of Invention-era psychedelic rock infused with cerebral yet whimsical jazz.” Stereogum

TOVARISH: Cvlt Nation Premieres “Silver And Lead” From Mysterious Providence-Based AcT

The shadowy Providence, Rhode Island-based experimental/doom metal outfit TOVARISH is preparing to release their harrowing new album, If The War Comes Tomorrow, through Argonauta Records in early July, as the band marks its tenth year in existence. The album’s caustic “Silver And Lead” single has been unveiled through an exclusive premiere at Cvlt Nation as the label issues preorders for the album.

Experience the cinematic devastation of TOVARISH’s “SIlver And Lead”


The Galveston, TX native follows up “Come Harder” ft. Rich Kidd CMC, which was recently added to BET Jams, with this ode to love in all its forms. Debuted by the Houston Chronicle, the concept of “All For You” was inspired by the joys of friendship, tender moments, and being head over heels in love, delivered with the powerful vocal stylings for which Tanya has become known.

for Skope: Benny Benassi’s first original release of 2019 “Inside” (out now on Sony/Ultra)

Launched to stardom with his groundbreaking global smash “Satisfaction” Benny Benassi solidified his mark as a pioneer in dance music with his trademarked infusion of house and electro.

‘The Dead Don’t Die’ original score by SQÜRL to be released on Sacred Bones Records

The Dead Don’t Die is writer/director Jim Jarmusch’s unique, semi-comic take on the zombie apocalypse genre. As with his recent efforts Only Lovers Left Alive and Paterson, the film’s score was composed and performed by SQÜRL, the band Jarmusch and producer Carter Logan founded in 2009. Sacred Bones Records, the same label that released the band’s EP #260 in 2017, is releasing the LP edition of the score.


Sporting a slick and show-stopping voice, sharp songwriting chops, and endless charisma, AJ Mitchell emerges as a stylish and soulful new leading man for pop R&B. Born and raised in Bellville, IL, he went from uploading highly-trafficked covers on social media to personally writing and recording his 2017 breakout single “Used To Be.” The latter clocked 35 million Spotify streams as he inked a deal with Epic Records and relocated to Los Angeles.

Singer-songwriter, Activist Nora Rothman New Music Video, “strange,” Out Now

“The top of the track starts off with a warm blend of guitar and sharp synths, flickering like morning sunlight, passing through willowy branches. In fact, Rothman places us there, in the thick of the “woods,” a place just as foreboding as it is wondrous.” -ATWOOD MAGAZINE

Brother Son Premiere new LP ‘Goodies’ via Too Much Love

“Goodies is, indeed, chock full of delicious musical confections, but make no mistake – Brother Son has something substantive to say, both musically and lyrically, and they possess boundless potential.”

-Too Much Love

Brother Son – Goodies (LP)

HERMITUDE Announces Worldwide Headline Tour; Listen To “Northern Lights (feat. Soaky Siren & Vory)”       

“Northern Lights” is the latest release from Australian duo Hermitude, following “Every Day (feat. Hoodlem),” which landed on 15+ New Music Friday Spotify playlists across the globe, in addition to Top 10 placement on Apple Music’s Electronic chart.

“Northern Lights” is co-written by multi-platinum, Latin Grammy-nominated songwriter Soaky Siren and rapper Vory, who’s known for his Grammy-winning work on The Carters’ Everything Is Love. With the featured artists courting each other in an old school lovers’ duet, the track signifies the Hermitude’s most bright and brash release thus far.


Along with the emotionally-charged song, Julian unveils the equally as moving music video, which he self-directed along with all of his previously released music videos. “Mess” is available everywhere now via Arista Records, and will be included on his forthcoming 12-track record Mala Noche out late this fall that Julian composed, wrote and produced in its entirety.

Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ Sets Apple Music Pre-Add Records

Taylor Swift’s 7th studio album Lover has already set a new Apple Music record…and it’s not even out yet!

Lover is officially the most pre-added album by a female artist ever on Apple Music in the first day with 178.6K Pre-Adds worldwide, breaking the previous record set by thank u, next by Ariana Grande.


In less than three weeks, DJ Khaled’s twelfth full-length album and the music blockbuster of the summer, Father of Asahd, achieves a gold certification from the RIAA. It stands out as “the fastest full-length record to be minted gold this year” thus far and “one of only three full-length projects of 2019 to be certified gold.” Not to mention, its total streams already exceed half-a-billion, making it one of the most-streamed projects of 2019 as well. The momentum only continues to ramp up.

Tove Lo Reveals Hilarious Video For “Glad He’s Gone.”

Today, multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated artist Tove Lo debuted the official music video for her latest single, “Glad He’s Gone.” Directed by Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia and shot in Kiev, the video is a hilarious SNL skit-worthy take on those lengthy friend-in-need phone calls between besties. Witnessing a supportive Tove Lo walking (literally) to the ends of the earth, comforting her recently dumped pal, while embarking on her own unforeseen high-drama adventures in the process. Speaking on the video, Tove Lo reveals “I think this might be the best video I’ve ever done. It tells the story of the song SO WELL while being a bizarre mini action movie. I loved working with the directors Vania & Muggia, who came up with this genius idea. The four day and night shoot in Kiev was very intense but with the best and most hard working crew! If anything, it made me realize how much I love acting (and that I’m a real committed friend haha)”.

AstroLogical shares spacey new single “Bottom Of My Heart” | New EP out 6/21

AstroLogical is the alias of Vancouver-based Nate Drobner. After releasing a number of solo instrumental hip-hop projects through the label Jellyfish Recordings in the early 2010s, Drobner began focusing his energy on the producer duo Potatohead People; a collaborative project with his old friend Nick Wisdom, eventually getting noticed by Brooklyn-based record label Bastard Jazz in 2012 (with the help of Nightmares On Wax). Their 2018 full-length sophomore album Nick & Astro’s Guide To The Galaxy was released to great acclaim and led them to be invited to Jazzy Jeff’s annual Playlist Retreat alongside such luminaries as Lord Finesse, Young Guru, and Pharoahe Monch.



Dinosaur Pile-Up are also featured on the cover Upset Magazine’s latest issue, whose four-star review touts Celebrity Mansions as “one of the most attention-grabbing albums of 2019.” NME raved, “Dinosaur Pile-Up might have become the most tuneful group the UK rock scene has to offer right now. Their new album, Celebrity Mansions, should be renamed Welcome To Hitsville. Seriously. It’s stunning,” while Kerrang exclaimed, “10 absolutely killer bangers, with the promise of 100 more.” Additionally, the release has been hailed as one of Rock Sound’s Top 10 albums of the month.

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R&B Newcomer Ann Marie Signs with Interscope Records

Interscope Records and City Entertainment Group are excited to announce the signing of rising R&B singer-songwriter Ann Marie. Earlier this year, the Southside Chicago artist released Tripolar 2 which shot up to #3 on the Apple Music R&B charts. A secret triple threat, Ann Marie is “releasing some of the year’s best R&B” (Rolling Stone).

Speaking on her signing, Ann Marie says: “I’m really excited to be joining the Interscope family, they love and are supportive of everything that I’ve built so far on my own. I’m just ready to go even harder and keep putting out amazing music.”