#tgif edition – @skopemag news for june 28, 2019 @ 7 pm est

DETACH THE ISLANDS: “Culture Architects” Now Playing At Heavy Blog Is Heavy; The Burden To Become Fact Sees Release Next Week

Heavy Blog Is Heavy is hosting the premiere of “Culture Architects,” the new single by Brooklyn, New York hardcore/powerviolence outfit DETACH THE ISLANDS, and their impending debut full-length, The Burden To Become Fact. The new song is delivered just days ahead of the album’s release through the band’s own Dental Records next week.

David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley shares new single, ‘Anthology Resource Vol. II’ out July 12

“My stuff more often than not operates in the zone between sound design and music. Far Boundaries is the only track on this album that actually has a quantifiable meter and resembles a song. Within the arc of the album experience, the track specifically represents the paradigm of time…illustrated through its single arpeggiated phrase, metered to the second-hand tick of a traditional clock. Our own understanding of time is so bizarre that we simply outright suspend the concept that we actually experience everything in the past. Behind the curtain, so to speak, the entire mechanism of the brain is working on a sliding scale of latency (some say from 15-70 milliseconds)…operating in a mode of prediction-based anticipation. Essentially, our whole lives are being lived on a delay…and our brains are calculating this latency into its predictions of reality. When you stop to think about how our minds glide through time and how our memory provides links to the past and envisions the future, it sounds like bonafide time travel. Could we be capable of actually remembering the future, or does the architecture of our brains permanently shackle us to a linear understanding of time? This, to me, is the outer boundary of logic and what perhaps keeps us from truly grasping the larger concepts of what is truly beyond our physical reality.”

V Blackburn releases new EP ‘Public Figure’

Today, V Blackburn has released her stunning new EP entitled Public Figure. Premiering yesterday via The Prelude Press, Public Figure is a unique and irresistible blend of pop hooks and sultry vocals, intensified by the bluesy grit of a wailing electric guitar. As the title of the EP suggests, the track listing reveals a series of prominent public figures in pop culture today: “Jon Hamm,” “A$AP Rocky,” “Kim Kardashian,” and “Al Roker.” The final tune is entitled “V,” a raw and honest glimpse at who V Blackburn really is and how she feels as a person in this world.


“This song is romantic but it’s also empowering — it can be directed at anything or anyone,” says Grace. “‘Beautiful’ is always used in feminine terms, but when I wrote this song it was originally about a guy…but 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.”

Dan Wilson Releases New Song “A Modest Proposal” As Part of His Monthly Singles Series

Today, Clash Music shared “A Modest Proposal” and said, “…it’s melodically astute, with Dan Wilson managing to conjure a superbly infectious ear-worm melody to sit alongside his perfectly framed words.”

BABYBIRD – Announce new album “Photosynthesis” out 16th August + UK Live dates this November

Arriving just months after the critically acclaimed ‘Happy Stupid Nothing’ compilation, ‘Photosynthesis’ is something very different. Although many people weren’t aware he was even still making music, throughout this decade Stephen Jones has been quietly building himself a reputation as one of the music world’s most prolific artists. Here are ten tracks, all self-recorded in recent years.


Life is full of lists and our rehearsals are no exception.

Every day we run through a potential show, Ronnie puts a canvas on an easel and with great aplomb wields his multicoloured pens to fashion a colourful record of the day’s musical events.

Sometimes I have to tear him away from the list to get back to the music, as he gets very involved in the calligraphy!

No longer Brahms and Liszt himself, Ronnie has given us a new twist on the list.

I hope you enjoy the book.

–Mick Jagger

OXX: Danish Hardcore Act To Release The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance LP Via Nefarious Industries; Preorders Posted

This summer, Nefarious Industries will deliver the destructive new LP by Aarhus, Denmark-based avant hardcore outfit OXX, The Skeleton Is Just A Coat Hanger; These Are The Black Strings That Make You Dance. The record has been confirmed for August release while the band takes off on tour in support of the record, and preorders have been posted.

Selci (Sunday Times, Blood Orange, James Blake) | Shares New Single

Featuring staccato electronics and swooning arpeggiated vocals, ‘Strangers’ details another simmering cut from the Canadian sound-designer. Written in a series of flashbacks with each verse acting as a question-response to the previous one, it finds an ethereal electronic sound rubbing shoulders with the likes of Jenny Hval, Fever Ray and FKA twigs.

The Soft Cavalry (Steve Clarke & Rachel Goswell of Slowdive) Share Video For New Track “Never Be Without You” || Self-Titled Album Out 7/5 On Bella Union

With the release of their self-titled debut album just over a week away (via Bella Union), The Soft Cavalry (the husband/wife duo of Steve Clarke and Rachel Goswell of Slowdive) have today shared a video for new single “Never Be Without You”, animated by James Bates, that can be viewed HERE.

FLOOD Premieres Ra Ra Riot’s “Bad to Worse” Video

To write “Bad to Worse,” Ra Ra Riot did a lot of driving. Inspired by a nine-hour road trip from Washington, D.C., to the outer reaches of Cape Cod, the song is about “watching the world from the window of the car or bus, and how there’s a familiarity to everything but it’s never the same as it once was,” singer Wes Miles said in a press statement.

Afro B Teams Up with French Montana for “Joanna (Drogba)” Remix

Afro B celebrates the cultural wave his song has inspired, saying “Two summers with one song is practically unheard of. ‘Drogba (Joanna)’ continues to go viral around the world, and now I linked up with an African superstar French Montana who has joined the wave. 2 Africans, 1 song, 1 remix. Joanna Remix. Let’s keep spreading the culture worldwide. One Africa! AfroWave.”


Roadrunner Records’ group Motionless In White have shared an official music video for “Brand New Numb,” which is featured on their acclaimed new album, DISGUISE. Directed by Max Moore, the “Brand New Numb” video is streaming now on Motionless In White’s YouTube channel.

Solo Artist & Songland Contestant Tyler James Bellinger Releases New Single “Save Me”

Singer/songwriter, Tyler James Bellinger, who is best known for churning out hits behind the scenes, continues to put his unique stamp on the music industry with his powerful solo releases.

Walrus announces new album, shares video

Walrus, a Britpop-indebted garage-psych quartet and undeniably one of Canada’s best-loved touring acts, are excited to announce their new album Cool To Who, due October 18, 2019 on Outside Music. To ring in the announcement, the group has shared the video for the title track, which depicts a man enjoying the showiness of a car club, only for the viewer to discover that he has no car of his own.


Today, chart-topping Michigan rapper NF unveiled his second new song “When I Grow Up” produced by Tommee Profitt from his forthcoming album – The Search, released via NFREALMUSIC/Caroline.

The song and accompanying video highlight the fierce determination and love of music that made NF pursue becoming a rapper at all costs and despite all obstacles.

COLD Return With New Album “The Things We Can’t Stop” Out September 13th via Napalm Records

Alternative Rockers Cold have announced a September 13th release date for their sixth studio album and Napalm Records debut “The Things We Can’t Stop.”

Automatic (Stones Throw) share “Calling It” video

LA post-punk trio Automatic has released the video for their first single ‘Calling It’, shot in an aluminium factory.

LO!: Metal Injection Premieres “As Fools Ripen” Video From Australian Post-Metal/Sludge Practitioners

Metal Injection is pleased to unveil the striking visual companion to the track “As Fools Ripen” from Australian post-metal/sludge practitioners, LO!. Directed by Toby Pike and produced by bassist Adrian Shapiro, the track comes by way of the band’s Vestigial full-length released in 2017 via Pelagic Records.

LO! Release Visually Striking Video For Their Ripper “As Fools Ripen”

Josh Dean Debuts New Music Video For “Drop Dead”

Rising singer, songwriter and visual artist, Josh Dean debuts his new music video for his single, “Drop Dead”. The dreamy, yet futuristic visual oozes fashion, sex appeal, color and unconventional choreography. The video is directed by acclaimed director, Child (Lucky Daye, BJ The Chicago Kid, Ari Lennox) and serves as the first visual introduction to the amazing young talent.