#tgif edition – @skopemag news for july 19, 2019 @ 10:30 am est

The Goa Express release vital new single ‘The Day’

The Goa Express release their urgent new single ‘The Day’ on Friday the 5th of July. Recorded at Champ Zone with Nathan Saoudi (Fat White Family), it rattles with an unstoppable new wave rhythm, shudders with abrasive guitars and with vocals that sneer with the spirit of seizing the day while everything is falling apart around you, their sound may rustle with the ghosts of acts like The Stooges, Psychedelic Furs and contemporaries like Shame, but the Goa Express possesses youthful energy, northern spite and ever-evolving sound all of their own. The band’s frontman James Douglas Clarke says ‘The new tracks are about moving out to university and getting caught for doing shit whilst there and also about the fake, social media platform of our society, lick arses and how everybody wants to pretend that they’re friends.’

British R&B rising star LAOLU x Buffering video

Premiered via Notion Magazine, the video for ‘Buffering’ comes on the back of Laolu’s acclaimed debut EP ‘All In Me’, which was released last year, as part of a career-defining comeback year, culminating in strong support from tastemakers such as BBC 1Xtra, Clash Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Spotify, Gal-Dem, and Popdust, among others.

Gazel shares mesmerising video for new single ‘Rain Is Coming’

London-based songwriter and producer Gazel has shared the stunning video for her latest single, ‘Rain Is Coming’, the latest track to be taken from her upcoming debut album Gazel’s Book Of Souls, out this October.

The video sees an omnipresent Gazel narrate the journey of a young girl on a voyage of surreal discovery, where fortunes are told and mesmerising dancing commands a sense of poignant mysticism to complement the swelling, emotive and electrifying musicality of ‘Rain Is Coming’.

New > Culan > Shares New Single + Video > ‘After Me’ > Out Today on Black Butter Records

West London singer and producer Culan reveals his new sun-drenched single ‘After Me’, released today on Black Butter Records. The dancehall flavoured track was produced by Canadian production duo Banx & Ranx (Sean Paul, Chi Ching Ching) and co-written by British vocalist and songwriter Shakka. A nod to his Jamaican heritage, the accompanying visual was shot in Kingston, Jamaica, at long-standing street dance Uptown Monday’s, watch the video here.

OUT TODAY! Prolific Ambient Artist ALASKAN TAPES release ‘Times Are Tired’

‘The Times Are Tired’ opens with airy, organic guitar playing that slowly melts into a pool of ambient strings and delicately brushed drums. The ability of the artist as a composer is on full display as he layers multiple string instruments to construct a warm and contemplative arrangement that rolls along effortlessly. The sound of a piano slowly comes to the fore and, as the track draws to a close, it cradles the listener back into silence, ringing out alongside the final delicate guitar pickings.

Dante HH rock us with new single Motörhound ♠

Los Angeles blues-punk band DANTE HH are back, drawing on their signature energetic style to create a deep, upbeat and loud tribute to the late Motörhead vocalist Lemmy. With heavy riffs and pounding drums, “Motörhound” is a rock’n’roll rabble-rouser, a track which you can headbang or dance to. The lyrics borrow several classic verses from the Motörhead catalog, adding them up to aptly describe the iconic musician the tribute is dedicated to.

Miranda Lambert Comes Roaring Back to Country Radio with New Single, “It All Comes Out in the Wash”

GRAMMY Award-winning superstar Miranda Lambert is thundering back to country radio with her brand new single “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” which premiered this morning across radio stations nationwide – Lambert’s first taste of new solo music in nearly three years.

“When we were little, our moms would say ‘let’s not worry about a stain.’ Everyone goes through times in life that are difficult and has moments that they wish would pass,” said Lambert, who co-wrote the track alongside The Love Junkies (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose). “This song is a mix of scenarios that we have all either been a part of or have seen, and is a fun reminder that hard times do eventually pass.”

18th & Addison Drop New Music Video For First Single (“Leeches”) Off Upcoming Wiretap Records Debut

New Jersey-based pop-rock/punk duo 18th & Addison have dropped a new video for “Leeches,” the first single off their upcoming Wiretap Records debut due out this fall.

Rain Over St. Ambrose releases “Drop”…new single and lyric video streaming now!

The latest stand-alone track from Rain Over St. Ambrose is a zoomed-out contemplation of existential context that effectively straddles two worlds. Like a hesitant step towards the dance floor, the song moves between bending leads and booming drum rolls before a descending bass line leads the way to a cavernous half-time chorus rife with choral-esque backup vocals and a raspy reflection on rock n’ roll in the era of pop dominance. Culminating with a delicate piano outro and a gentle vocal delivery, the song emphasizes an attentive sense of what could have been in the face of what is.

Award-Winning Documentary on CHUCK RAGAN Gets Wide Release

“I believe that even though we made this film close to two years ago, the balance that this piece hinges on has always been apart of my life in one way or the other,” says Chuck about the documentary. Interspersed with musical blasts of his solo material as an Americana icon, the 12 minute documentary captures a moment in Chuck’s ever evolving life. “Becoming a dad, taking a leap of faith half way through my life and more or less starting a new career has been a bit of a struggle but the fact of the matter is, guiding and being on the water keeps my mind at peace as well as close to home to my family,” he continues. “Living a life of working non stop between the road and the water is tough on my family and I which is why it’s so important for me to continue the best I can trying to find that balance between two independent occupations that have very little security.”

Abiodun Oyewole (of The Last Poets) Releases Song Featured on ‘Windows On The World’ Soundtrack (out 8/2 via Ropeadope)

Today, Abiodun Oyewole (of The Last Poets) released a new version of his song “New York, New York.” The track is taken from the Windows On The World Soundtrack, which will be released on August 2nd via Ropeadope. Windows On The World is a new film written by Robert Mailer Anderson and directed by Michael D. Olmos. Accompanying the single’s release is a short clip of Oyewole performing “New York, New York” in the movie.

ICYMI: Brooklyn Beckham directs his first-ever music video for JAWS

Following the release of their critically acclaimed new album ‘The Ceiling’ and a sold-out UK tour of the band’s biggest shows to date, JAWS have now teamed up with Brooklyn Beckham for his directorial debut and Louis Berry for a new video for album track ‘End Of The World’.

Kills Birds unveil “Jesus Did,” Los Angeles-based band releases new song from debut LP

“Jesus Did is a song about my frustrations with the LA scene. When I moved here I felt very alone. I was constantly surrounded by people who were difficult to connect with. Individuals who had the luxury of never having to fight for anything, who were born with all the privilege in the world. They all walk around the clubs and bars like gods with nothing to preach. But though I struggle to connect with them, I also wish I could be exactly like them. I think things would be easier.” – Nina Ljeti lead singer Kills Birds

FRASE – ‘Paper Cuts’

“We’re in an era where everyone can voice their opinion and things can become polarized very quickly as we get caught up in conflict. “Paper Cuts” speaks to meeting somewhere in the middle with compassion and cooperation in order to move forward as humanity.”

Christine Renner – “Tonight”

Her songs are filled with deep emotions, poetic imagery, romantic story telling, triumph and tragedy with an undercurrent of hope that runs the spectrum of human experience. Sometimes joyful and playful, sometimes lost and melancholy, but never monotonous or boring.

Londoner ROCH examines relationships with women on striking new single and video ‘All Time Favourite Girl’

ROCH is 24 year old Kate Miller. Based in London, her spiralling R&B-tinged pop creations are something completely unique. Today she is sharing new single ‘All Time Favourite Girl’ (produced with Ben Christophers – Bat For Lashes, Nakhane, etc), alongside a stunning, painstakingly animated accompanying video.

ENFORCED: At The Walls LP From Richmond Hardcore/Metal Quintet Streaming At Cvlt Nation

At The Walls features a remixed and remastered version of ENFORCED’s2017 demo and their “Retaliation” promo, and introduces two brand new songs. All tracks were recorded by Bob Quirk and mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Cavalera Conspiracy, Candy), and the album’s cover art was created by Dwid Hellion (Integrity, Psywarfare) who makes a guest appearance on the track “Skinned Alive.”

Hear the utter audio destruction of ENFORCED ‘At The Walls’

daydream Masi Releases New Track “Hot Mess” Today

On “Hot Mess,” produced by Mike Irish, the 21-year old developing singer, rapper, and producer fuses melodic vocals and entrancing instrumentals. The vibrant track takes the listener on a journey through Masi’s complex thoughts on love and relationships. This year the new Interscope artist released his debut track, “Nightlife,” a hazy and hypnotic track built on tropically inspired production and shortly after, “Stardust,” which led Lyrical Lemonade to call the newcomer “one of [their] new favorites to listen to this year.” Both tracks were featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday and undoubtedly showcase his versatility and ability to merge various sounds effortlessly.

David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights debut music video for “Smoke you right out of here” off new album, out September 20

“It’s moody—as in low, subdued,” says David Kilgour of his new album, Bobbie’s a girl, out September 20. The Clean co-founder announces his expansive album today alongside a Rumur-directed music video for single “Smoke you right out of here,” which Flood premiered and described as “the ideal soundtrack to a cross-country voyage.” Watch it over there or below, and pre-order Bobbie’s a girl today on CD, LP, and clear/yellow/red swirl Peak Vinyl in the Merge store, or wherever records are sold.