@skopemag news for july 3, 2019 @ 1:30 pm est

Zak Starkey’s Trojan Jamaica roots reggae label announces debut album

Trojan Jamaica is proud to announce the release of the groundbreaking new compilation, RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE, available July 12, 2019 at all music retailers and streaming services.

RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE marks the eagerly anticipated debut full-length LP from Trojan Jamaica, the new record label co-founded by musician-producers Zak Starkey and Sharna “Sshh” Liguz. The landmark collection is a stunning array of iconic artists performing classic blues, R&B, and early rock ‘n’ roll songs that first inspired the reggae revolution.

Colorado artist Lisa Bell (Americana, w/hints of blues, jazz, and pop) to release new album in September 

Boulder, CO-based singer-songwriter Lisa Bell is set to release her fifth album, Back Seat, on September 6, 2019. Already known as a musically diverse Americana artist with jazz influences, Lisa Bell shifts gears with the release, compiling a potent album that nods to the influences that have helped sharpen her sound — including laidback R&B, melodic soul, and American roots music — while also pushing into contemporary, Triple A-friendly territory. Gluing the mix together are Bell’s expressive voice and ever-evolving writing chops, which combine to tell the story of an empty nester who, having spent years raising her children, is ready to climb back into the driver’s seat and chase down new dreams. The album was produced by Evan Reeves.

The Raconteurs’ “Help Us Stranger” debuts at #1

HELP US STRANGER (Third Man Records), the acclaimed third studio album from GRAMMY® Award-winning rockers The Raconteurs – Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler – has debuted at #1 on this week’s SoundScan/Billboard 200 — the band’s first-ever #1 and their third trip to the top 10. The album also sits on top of the physical albums chart, as well as the vinyl chart. In fact, HELP US STRANGER garnered the sixth highest first-week vinyl sales in the SoundScan era (with Jack White holding the #1 and #4 spots for Lazaretto and Boarding House Reach, respectively). The album is the first #1 for an independent record company in 2019, and is the fourth consecutive Billboard #1 for Jack White as an artist. In addition to its chart-topping achievements here in the United States, HELP US STRANGER has also debuted at #1 on the album sales chart in Canada and #2 on the overall Canadian album chart. The success continues in the UK where the album took the top spot on the UK vinyl chart, along with being the #3 independent album and #8 on the Official UK Albums chart. HELP US STRANGER is available physically and digitally now worldwide.

BABYMETAL video for “PA PA YA!!”

Last week Japanese metal band, BABYMETAL announced their third album METAL GALAXY with a new track “PA PA YA!!” featuring Thai rapper F.HERO and today they dropped a video for it. Recored over the weekend at their Yokohama Arena in front of 17,000 people the video features the same incredible production set up the band will be bring to the US dates later this summer. The dates will include their first headline arena show in North America at The Forum in Los Angles on October 11th, the same day they released the new album, preceded by dates in Boston, New York. Chicago and more.

Toby Green Showcases His Stadium Rave Sound on “POP”

Denmark native and rising electronic music producer Toby Green continues to build his discography with “POP.” The track follows Toby’s streak of intoxicating Dim Mak releases, including “Party People” and “Check This Out.” The latter recently was synced in a FortniteXJumpman promotion, earning Green a legion of new fans turned on to his stadium rave sound. At the tender age of 23, he’s been streamed by millions all across the globe, simultaneously landing support from DJs including The Chainsmokers, Zedd, and Kaskade.

Yuna debuts “Pink Youth” video featuring Little Simz, ‘Rouge’ LP out July 12 via Verve Forecast

The animated video depicts Yuna and Little Simz saving the world from the powers-at-be trying to capture all color and hope from the world. Conceptualized by Yuna and Adam Sinclair, the video was written, directed and edited by Esteban Valdez, with executive producers Carl Jones and Brian Ash (The Boondocks, Black Dynamite).

“When I was writing ‘Pink Youth’, I wanted to celebrate being a girl,” explains Yuna, “When I was younger, I remember a lot of people didn’t believe in me just because I was girl trying to do something amazing… this song is for all the girls out there, who never got the encouragement & support they deserve.”

Waterstrider releases beautifully intricate EP ‘Way Out’ via 30th Century Records

At one point or another, we all yearn for a fresh start, a clean slate. Yet few artists can empathize with that sentiment quite like the California indie rock project Waterstrider, whose Way Out EP arrives on the heels of a series of dramatic setbacks and disasters. Before writing the EP, frontman Nate Salman saw his home of Santa Barbara ravaged by fire and flood, had an infection in his heart that landed him in the ER, went through a painful breakup, and was even bitten by a potentially rabid bat. “When things hit hard, they hit really hard,” said Salman. Yet instead of being defeated, he took those experiences in stride, incorporating them into this dazzling and complex series of songs, which radiate hope and catharsis in equal measure.



The six-track EP includes features from Lil Skies and Lil Gnar and previously released tracks “Nuisance” and “Makeup,” which garnered over 1 million streams in the first month of its release. Both tracks follow his previously released tracks “Round n Round” feat. Sprite Lee (15+ million streams), “Drive My Car” (14+ million streams) and “19” (9+ million streams). He also appeared on Lil Skies’ “Nowadays” and “Red Roses,” which both garnered over 250 million streams individually.

WATCH: Chronixx’s Animated Lyric Video for New Song “Jah Is There”

The renowned artist just wrapped a massive concert in Uganda and will headline his native country’s premier annual music festival Reggae Sumfest on July 19th.

HARRIET CURRY – Unveils the brand new video for hard-hitting single ‘Girls’

Harriet Curry, is only one single into her career and it already feels like she’s done playing. The chorus of ‘Girls’, alone, is enough to stop anyone in their tracks: “Girls like me, we don’t get opportunities, So in our heads, instead of being young and free, Dictated by others who we’re gonna be, And in the end, thrown away like lost property.”

THE WRAITH: Los Angeles Dark Punk Band Signs To Southern Lord Records

Less than three years since forming, Los Angeles-based dark punk band THE WRAITH has wrapped its debut full-length, Gloom Ballet, with Puscifer guitarist/producer Mat Mitchell. The foursome has signed to Southern Lord Recordings, who will release the album worldwide later this year.

“Shadow Flag … viciously comes alive, onstage and off-.” – LA Weekly


Grammy nominated California rock heavyweights, blink-182, release a new track “Happy Days” from their highly anticipated new album via Columbia Records. The song was featured as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1 on Apple Music today – Listen HERE.

Kristina Koller Shares “Stronger” Single | New Record Coming This September

“Perception is driven by her love of innovation in music.” – EARMILK

DARSOMBRA: Baltimore Psychedelic Duo Posts Album Art, Trailer, And Preorders For Transmission LP

As Baltimore-based psychedelic/experimental duo DARSOMBRA prepares to release their fifth LP, Transmission, in August, the band has just issued a new video teaser for the album alongside preorder links, the cover artwork, and more. In addition to the record’s details, the band has also posted their latest massive tour routing which sees them on the road across North America for two months surrounding the album’s release.

Lil GotIt Balls Out In Brooklyn in the “Pop My Shit” Video

Effortlessly crafting melodic and radio-ready trap jams, ATL teenager Lil GotIt is a special talent. Posting up on a bustling block in Brooklyn, Lil GotIt shares “Pop My Sh*t,” a new video single. Drawing a massive mob with his DGAF attitude and hypnotic piano-led beats, GotIt chills at the corner of Fulton & Hemlock, watching motorcyclists pop wheelies and packing as many people as possible into New York’s Famous Chicken. “Pop My Sh*t” follows the animated video for “Da Real HoodBabies (Remix),” featuring Lil Baby, which gave new life to a highlight from GotIt’s recent mixtape Crazy But It’s True.

Hear “The Working Man”, Seattle psych-pop group Kilcid Band’s new single

Hear their lead single “The Working Man” via Artist Home, who describes the 5-piece as “forming a single unit with firework vocals, piñata explosions of guitar licks, and glinting lyrics about 9-to-5’ers and roadside dogs.”

LA-based Singer-Songwriter Michael Kaiser Releases New Song “30 Rings”

“30 Rings, was written in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL – miles away from my hometown. I didn’t exactly know how to confront the feelings of it all, and the feeling that life seemed to go on as usual, here in Los Angeles. The song is a reflection, a somber feeling after those events; also a wanting to own my own mistakes and grow from them, and ultimately a realization that while life goes on, we never really forget the moments (or tragedies) that shape who we are.”- Michael Kaiser


Brooding pop duo XYLØ will head out on the road next month on their debut national headlining tour with support from Jane Holiday.

XYLØ’s Paige Duddy was deemed the ‘Queen of Dark Pop,’ by Nylon Magazine following the breakthrough success of the duo’s 2015 release of the America EP featuring the viral hit “Afterlife.” The following year their track “Gossip” was used in the Apple campaign unveiling the new Airpods. The success of the song was followed by a string of sold-out one-off shows and a platinum record with The Chainsmokers. Since then, XYLØ has amassed over 250+ Million streams on Spotify. This is XYLØ’s very first headlining tour that will see Duddy performing songs off her new EP YES & NO.

Watch the video for Particle Kid’s “Still Going”

The single comes off the new album, Window Rock, that’s out July 26th on OAR! It premiered recently on Relix calling the upcoming collection “nine cohesive tracks that meld elements of psychedelia, folk, funk and rock.”

Matt Perriment addresses metropolitan claustrophobia with a yearning sense of wanderlust on ‘Denali’    

‘Memos’ EP introduced an expansion of Perriment’s signature sound with haunting keys and ambient soundscapes. Building on his artistic progression, he releases ‘Denali’ to complete this creative chapter. It addresses metropolitan claustrophobia, with its tribal drums and layered vocals a stirring call to arms to follow what moves you.

Nate Mercereau’s video for “This Simulation Is A Good One” debuts on Jazziz!

“The purpose of all the visuals for this album are to represent different ways of creating and appreciating joy,” says Mercereau. “The songs themselves are my vehicles for creating that space, and I wanted to work with directors who could take that concept and apply their own narrative.

New Music Monday: Nate Mercereau, Chick Corea, Joe Restivo


“Tyla Yaweh is already doing big things […] there’s a pop sensibility to Tyla’s music that makes it palatable to the masses…” – Pigeons and Planes

The Bright Smoke share new song and unveil album art for new LP, ‘Gross National Happiness’, due out Friday, July 5

“a moodily ambient indie band that makes music to dance to with the lights turned down way, way low… a totally unique experience.” – nylon