weekend edition – @skopemag news for july 6, 2019 @ 7:30 am est

Skope x MJ Cole & Cedric Gervais & Freya Ridings ‘Waking Up’

As temperatures begin to rise, Miami’s Cedric Gervais brings the heat in his brand-new remix of MJ Cole’s ‘Waking Up’ featuring Freya Ridings. Premiering today via Data Transmission this summer scorcher entices with its piano driven melody and playful percussion around Freya’s stunning vocals.

Theo Bard seethes with sincerity on unnervingly experimental ‘Forget’

After first introducing himself to us with his beautifully composed debut EP ‘You Give’ in 2015, Theo Bard has spent the intervening years pushing his music further into electronic realms than ever before. Inspired by a new generation of songwriters augmenting their music with electronic sounds, he has developed a unique voice as both producer and songwriter and has returned to reveal his new brand of dark, experimental pop.

New music: Sam Johnson releases new single ‘Medicine For My Brain’ today through Made Records

Medicine For My Brain’, his impossibly catchy calling card and first single from Sam’s forthcoming debut EP, is a witty kiss-off to the music industry, with a dazzling guitar accompaniment reminiscent of his heroes John Martyn and Ben Howard: “You say you don’t want my name / Well hell, I don’t need your fame / I’m happy to use my pain / It’s medicine for my brain.”

S-X drops new single ‘Always Wrong’ and announces True Colours UK Tour

Responsible for one of the biggest grime tracks of all time with 2010’s ‘Woooo Riddim’, S-X has since produced for the likes of Childish Gambino, J. Cole, Lil Wayne and Skepta, quickly gaining momentum with an extremely loyal and engaged fanbase supporting him every step of the way.

Lily McKenzie drops polished new single ‘Emotions’

‘Emotions’ illustrates Lily’s musical versatility, with her effortless vocal range complementing a carefree sound that has been forged with summer in mind.

Skunk Anansie release brand new single ‘What You Do For Love’

Iconic Brit rockers Skunk Anansie return with the brilliant new single ‘What You Do For Love’, which had its world exclusive first play on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 show last night. Raw and reflective, emotional and political, the track explores the lengths one would go to for love and the questionable things people do for power. Featuring an addictive, cinematic chorus it’s classic Skunk Anansie and set to become a singalong live favourite this summer.

Synth-Pop Duo Siente Drop Dreamy Summer Anthem Doubts

A chance meeting over the decks at a friend’s house party saw lifelong musicians Nick and Steve bond over their shared love of the evocative chords and deep basslines of 80’s post-Disco artists like Evelyn King and Luther Vandross. Recognising their connection, they immediately jumped in the studio to collaborate on debut-single ‘Wonderful’; a sun-soaked disco treat which saw heavy summer blog rotation and drew comparisons with everyone from Todd Terje to French House gods Daft Punk.

New single/video from Narnia “You Are the Air That I Breathe”

Today, Swedish metal band Narnia releases You Are The Air That I Breathe – the second single from the band’s upcoming studio-album; From Darkness to Light. The album is scheduled for release August 2nd, just over a month before touring begins in South America along with American bands Stryper and Tourniquet.

Knave release stunning track ‘Plain People O.S.T’

Their debut album “Songs For Quiet Consideration” was met with much acclaim and saw them playing across the country alongside artists such as Feed The Rhino, Crywank, Slaves and more, and developing a loyal fanbase in the process. Inspired by a range of artists including Radiohead, The Smiths and The Cure, the band aim to mix these styles with slightly more overdriven, post-hardcore sounds heard more prominently on their earlier material, influenced by the likes of Brand New, Alexisonfire and Thursday.

Joris Delacroix delivers emotive new single ‘Time To Lose’

Eclectic French DJ and producer Joris Delacroix has dropped stirring single ‘Time To Lose’, his maiden release on Hungry Music, out today.

Hedara is the Sound of Raw, Emotive Electronica on New Single ‘Frozen’ (Fans of Laura Marling/ Freya Ridings)

“Hedara is a slow burning fire ready to set ablaze with passionate new music” – Earmilk

WATCH – Scottish Singer-Songwriter Callum Beattie Shares Charming ‘Without You’ Video, Out Today.

Scottish artist Callum Beattie brings addictive self-written single ‘Without You’ to life with the cleverly-shot official video, out now via 3beat / Universal Music.

NO HOT ASHES – Share New Single: ‘Extra Terrestrial’

Today, Stockport sensations NO HOT ASHES share another highly anticipated taste of their upcoming debut LP ‘Hardship Starship’ (out 16th August via Modern Sky UK) in the form of the second single to be taken from the album, ‘Extra Terrestrial’.

New Music: The Modern Strangers release new single ‘Visions’ today through Hoolay Records

The Modern Strangers release their brand new single ‘Visions’ on July 5th through Hoolay Records. ‘Visions’ is an electro-pop gem.

Avant-garde artist Empara Mi releases new single ‘Ditch’

Highly acclaimed singer and producer Empara Mi has released her brand new single ‘Ditch’. The song has launched with great support from Spotify and features in their ‘New Music Friday’ playlist.

The avant-garde artist makes a major impact in less than two minutes, as she takes a dark twisted sample of Mozart’s iconic ‘Requiem’ and intertwines it with bold hip-hop beats to lay foundations for her powerful and commanding vocals.

Simple Symmetry return to Disco Halal with ‘Gilgamesh’ EP

Russian brothers Sasha and Sergey Lipsky return to Disco Halal for the third time under their famed Simple Symmetry project. Following off the back of Auntie Flo’s ‘Kabsa’, the duo’s ‘Gilgamesh’ EP is the fourth release for the label this year and continues to build upon Disco Halal’s successful trajectory.


“Fleetwood Mac-like harmonies, hints of Fleet Foxes’ desolate, spectral acoustica, echoes of Ben Howard’s richly textured but ramshackle sparseness, a love of Mumfords-like propulsion and explosiveness.” – Sunday Times

Starling & her new podcast ‘Starling’s World”

Starling’s World is a podcast discussing aspects of the creative industry, featuring guest professionals. For instance, the latest episode features a hilarious and insightful conversation with Adam from the band Hurts and record producer Tom Fuller. The debut episode was with Bjork’s Grammy award winning producer Damian Taylor who is very deep into studio process and the philosophy of making music.

FAULT MAG – “London based musician whose voice makes you remember that there are brilliant, poignant and illuminating things that exist in the world that you’re yet to discover.”

FYI: Eminem had Starling’s ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ on hold for his latest album. Shane Meadows and Joe Strummer are fans, as is Vivienne Westwood. Massive attack and Zero7 discovered Starling in 2014 Three critically acclaimed EPs later and Starlings debut album is due for release winter 2019 (produced by Bjork’s producer Damian Taylor).

OLYMPIA – New album ‘Flamingo’ out now

‘Flamingo’ is 11 searing tracks representing Olympia’s most personal record to date; full of risk, escalation, and the complex pop unspooling we’ve come to recognise in her work. A striking follow up to debut ‘Self Talk’, an album that was nominated for an ARIA award, J Award for Best Video, shortlisted in the Australian Music Prize and selected as triple j feature album.

Emotive singer Archie Faulks releases beautiful new song ‘Willing To Learn’

Archie Faulks has released his beautiful new song ‘Willing To Learn’. Intertwined with stunning strings and stark keys among Archie’s alluring vocals, the new track is about being led astray and living in the now.

KC Lights remixes KREAM and Eden Prince single ‘Ain’t Thinkin Bout You’ feat. Louisa

UK DJ and producer KC Lights has remixed KREAM and Eden Prince’s latest single “Ain’t Thinkin’ Bout You” feat. Louisa, out now, via Big Beat/Atlantic Records.


Lime Cordiale New Single via Spotify

Hailing from Sydney, Lime Cordiale have already commanded legions of dedicated fans with their unique brand of indie pop. Over the recent Australian summer 15,000+ fans jammed into 42 sell-out shows across the country, with another 5,000+ fans at the bands own The Squeeze Festival in June 2019.

“Inappropriate Behaviour mines that curiously short-lived early-00s British sound… the jagged edges of acts like Joy Division and Gang Of Four” The Guardian


Dreamhack, the world’s largest video game festival organizer chose the song ‘United’ after hearing an advanced copy of Eclipse’s upcoming album, “PARADIGM.” “We ran across ‘United’ pretty much by accident. A colleague had it and played it in the car while traveling from one of our events. The minute we heard it we knew that this was the perfect song for Dreamhack Showdown,” says Charlie Sirc, Dreamhack’s Product Manager.


Diablo infuses the track with big room energy and club flavor, translating it to the dance floor seamlessly. Meanwhile, the new production flourishes perfectly complement Zara’s impressive range. The collaboration illustrates another level of versatility for the songstress all-round.

Rude Nala Debuts EP ‘Rudeness’

Rude Nala is an independent R&B, hip-hop artist based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada. She has performed at notable festivals such as Breakout Fest and FVDED in the Park, opening for Murda Beatz and Denzel Curry. The release of her new seven track EP titled Rudeness debuted this week. This EP highlights the multifaceted side of Nala’s music and shows her immense growth as an artist since her first release in 2015.

“Rudeness shows the boss side of me. I am evolving along with my sound and adapting to the industry” – Rude Nala

New > on Rhythm Section INTL > 30/70 > share video for “Tempted”

Those familiar with the 30/70 universe will instantly recognise the cosmic melange of boom-bap dynamics, neo-soul harmonies and spiritual jazz textures that have defined their sound since their debut release ‘Cold Radish Coma’ caused a stir back in 2015.

Silverbacks share video for ‘Pink Tide’ | “a sardonic post-punk burst” – Stereogum

“A cruising, catchy verse, and in a way it sets you up for the surprise of the chorus, a sardonic post-punk burst disrupting the seemingly laidback music that surrounded it.” – Stereogum

The debut album, Cut Your Teeth, from Vancouver, BC’s Necking is out today on Mint Records

“Cut Your Teeth is a rare fusion of focused anger and unadulterated dejection; Necking are a punk band, but above all else, they’re convincing and relatable.” Paste

“…the band’s jokes and unabashed lyrics are sure to continue to grow their fan base far outside their DIY Canadian sphere.” NYLON

GEORGIE – Announces ‘Georgie: Live!’ Album – 9 August // Listen to Two exclusive tracks

Recorded live at her landmark SOLD-OUT home town show in Nottingham’s Trinity Church earlier this year, the album will comprise 12 tracks of spellbinding original material (some never before released), choice cover-versions, plus candid conversation that elegantly captures all sides of Georgie in one of her greatest performances to date.

The Golden Dregs shares wistful new offering ‘The Queen Of Clubs’

“Minimalist guitar pop hewn from the notepad of Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman, or Robyn Hitchcock” – Clash


About Bad Gyal: Bad Gyal is one of the most interesting artists in the music industry, despite her recent arrival. She’s put out some of the hottest tracks of Spain’s urban music scene like “Fiebre,” “Jacaranda,” “Candela” and “Internationally,” and she’s released two globally acclaimed mixtapes: Slow Wine (2016) and Worldwide Angel (2018). She has worked with notable producers like Dubbel Dutch, Jam City, El Guincho, DJ Florentino, Cadenza, Paul Marmota, D33J and her partner in crime FakeGuido (producer and live DJ) with whom she’s toured Europe, Mexico and the USA several times. Her music has garner critical acclaim by some of the greatest tend setting magazines such as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, The FADER, Fact Magazine and The Guardian, and they’ve all come to the same conclusion: her sound is shaping the future of music.

Kygo Releases Music Video For “Not Ok” Featuring Chelsea Cutler

Director Sarah Bahbah said on the video,“Our desire to stay connected has formed a dependency on social media, a dependency that actually weakens our connection. Curated personalities become the ones we focus on, covering our scars with cheap glitter and painting our bruises with fake gold by way of escaping from our internal struggles. This music film is a reminder to step away from escapism and step inwards to self. Although we are creatures of connection, many have learnt to play the characters constructed by social media. In the midst of all the projected individual experiences, sometimes the most authentic and calming thing that can be done is to check in with yourself, take a breath, and call upon the ones you trust.”

Memoryy: the summertime synth-pop gem “No Time Like Now”

Albuquerque-by-way-of-Brooklyn artist MEMORYY (Shaun Hettinger) is an artist who feels equally at home churning out remixes for dancefloor heavy hitters like Body Language, as he does outputting neon pop tracks for TV & film – like Netflix’s Chelsea Handler theme song. Excitement for Memoryy’s original synth-pop brand has grown from tiny music blogs all the way up to the likes of NYLON & The Huffington Post, with his viral songs frequently topping music-blog aggregator HypeMachine’s Popular chart.