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Skope Magazine: Ned Dylan – Come Over (Bad Connection)

“The track is produced by a team of legendary, multi-award-winning producers including Wizard (the Chemical Brothers/Chase & Status/M.I.A./Wiley), Gordon Raphael (the Strokes’ first three albums/Regina Spektor’s Soviet Kitsch/Skunk Anansie’s Skin/Hinds), Jonny Delafons (Alabama 3/the Shamen) and rising producer Ollie Mackenzie. There’s even a bit of production from me too!”

“Executor” album release of thrash metaller FATEFUL FINALITY

The stylistic focus of the thrash metal band FATEFUL FINALITY is unmistakable whereas their strong individuality and compositional cleverness is always surprising. Having been close friends since kindergarten Simon Schwarzer (guitar, vocals), Patrick Prochiner (guitar, vocals) and Philipp Mürder (bass) founded the band in 2007 together with drummer Mischa Wittek. Since then they have been pulling together, with full power and in the same direction.

Skope short film submission: Ariano, “Via Glidden”

Ariano has worked with Glasses Malone, members of Wu Tang Clan, The Visionaries, Ikey Owens of The Mars Volta and Jack White Band, KRS-One, DJ Khalil, Dudley Perkins, M.E.D., Evidence, Chali 2na and more.

Jonny Morgan releases video for debut single ‘Your Touch’

Fresh from debuting at Glastonbury, the Bath-based singer-songwriter Jonny Morgan is establishing a grassroots reputation following Sofar Sounds performances throughout the UK, Europe and even the States.

“Jonny Morgan delivers ‘Your Touch’ amid classic guitar riffs to give the world a song of love and longing.” – LA On Lock

“Gravelly vocals and strong guitar work that would be perfect for a road trip.” – Born Music Online

Napoleon Gold – Sunset Motel

Master of the Quiet Storm, Napoleon Gold presents his debut record Sunset Motel for Cinematic Music Group (Joey Bada$$, Smoke DZA, Mick Jenkins) and 13 Audio.

La Nuit Je Dors Pas (or I Don’t Sleep At Night in English) kicks off teh record with 80s Roland clicks, claves, snares and Napoleon’s hushed singing, setting the sophisti-pop late night mood for the record perfectly.

Titled Sunset Motel, the record is all about the inspiration that comes to him in the early hours of the morning, as he struggles with his life-long insomnia and the thoughts, desires, regrets and dreams that come late at night.

Annabel Allum shares rousing new single ‘Altar to Alter’ , latest EP ‘Gravel Not The Grave’ drops 13th September

“Making a name for herself with her affable and relatable brand of slacker rock…Allum is as sure a thing as you can count on in this age of uncertainty” – The Line of Best Fit

Slacker-pop sensation Annabel Allum’s startling development continues to gather pace with the arrival of rousing new single Altar to Alter, taken from new EP Gravel Not The Grave, set for release 13th September via cult London label Killing Moon.

Napoleon Gold – late night RnB-sophisti-pop on Cinematic (Joet Basa$$, Smoke DZA)

The influence of 80s radio artists like Sade, The Blue Mile and the maestro of rockin’ after midnight Marvin Gaye, permeate the record – blended with modern day downtempo influences. Napoleon (AKA Antoine) traces these influences back to listening to the radio as a kid.

“I think I associate my first encounters with insomnia to a period of my childhood when my parents were constantly listening to this Belgian radio station called RTL2, on which they’d always play this kind of music. The songs trigger emotions linked to my childhood and they really speak to me. I wanted to add similar textures and vibes into this album”.

Curse Mackey Announces Upcoming Tour

Austin, TX based alternative electronic artist Curse Mackey will be touring as direct support for iconic, electronic rock artists My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult.

Fresh off the highly successful release of his debut solo album Instant Exorcism on Negative Gain, and well-received west coast tour, Mackey will again be hitting the road on the East Coast leg of the Strange Affairs Tour with his former band mates My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult (TKK). The tour starts on October 18th In Detroit ,MI and Mackey will support TKK up to their Atlanta show on November 5th at which point Mackey will return to Texas for a November 8th performance at Levitation Fest where Mackey will be playing with David J (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets), SINE and Rose Garden Funeral Party, additional Levitation Fest acts include The Flaming Lips, Chelsea Wolfe, Russian Circles, John Cale and the Black Angels.

Whitesnake Slip Of The Tongue 30th Anniversary Editions Out October 4 From Rhino

Whitesnake scored the band’s third consecutive platinum record with its eighth studio album, Slip of the Tongue. Originally released in November 1989, it peaked at number 10 on the U.K. and U.S. album charts thanks largely to its two Top 40 hits – “Fool For Your Loving” and “The Deeper The Love.” The fan favorite turns 30 this year and Rhino is celebrating with several new versions, including a colossal seven-disc boxed set.


Singer/songwriter Matthew Mayfield has released a new video for “Gun Shy,” a no-frills, tongue-in-cheek rock’n’roll song about love addiction and entitlement attitudes. “I didn’t feel the need to get too heavy on the lyric side – I just wanted to plug in, turn up, and make some proper rock ‘n roll,” he adds. “These days when people see the word ‘gun,’ they automatically cringe. And rightfully so. But the definition of the phrase is ‘frightened by the sound of a gunshot.

Fresh Goods Music Announces Partnership With RED Music

Partnering with Sony/RED Music is an enormous opportunity for myself, my team, and our label roster,” states Ramirez about the partnership. “We aim to take our movement to the next level! I feel there is much more room for innovation and improvement within the music industry and with how it values its artists, songwriters, and producers. I feel confident achieving new heights and breaking the mold with my forward-thinking/hard-working team!

Tom Boy – ‘Wastecase’

“”Wastecase” is a somewhat self-prophetic song. I was in the studio working with another songwriter while we were experiencing some internal issues with our former band CAIRO. Tour scheduling wasn’t lining up the way we wanted it to and, in my eyes, there were certain people to blame. My temper was out of control at that time – I was drinking on top of my doubts about CAIRO.”

Michael Vincent Waller Announce New LP ‘Moments’

“calm, reflective moods, expressed in placid miniatures that typically employ a narrow range of pitches, the subtle interplay of modes, generally soft dynamics, and nonfunctional yet seemingly tonal harmonies.” –All Music

Pop Star Reveals Battle with Anorexia in Inspiring New Anthem

Royse to discuss her upcoming single “Heavy Lies the Crown,” out Friday, August 16th, along with her upcoming tour this fall with the Plain White T’s for the High School Nation Tour. Released on AGM Records, ROYSE’s sound is reminiscent of Katy Perry and Lily Allen’s clever and charming melodies, mixed with Adele’s powerful vocals. Please use the following private link to listen to the single which was produced by the legendary Adrian Gurvitz (Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Andra Day): “Heavy Lies the Crown.”

Dead & Company Adds Fall Concerts

Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, and Bob Weir, with Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti – will perform several concerts this fall on the East Coast. The shows – Thursday, October 31, & Friday, November 1, @ the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York and Friday, November 8, & Saturday, November 9, for the first time ever at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia, follow Dead & Company’s 2019 Summer Tour, the band’s biggest yet.


Of “Death To The Uptight”, MSB commented, “The song started as a slice of life, Americana thing about a corrupt, broken country with people living like hamsters in a wheel. Sound familiar? ‘Wouldn’t it be great if just for a moment everything was alright,’ was something Tom Petty said between songs at a concert I saw around the time I was writing the lyrics. His comment was a perfectly vague and optimistic counterpoint or solution to the dark view of the world I had painted in the verses. So, I tweaked it a bit, and used it for the chorus…The video ended up being an identity trip. Sometimes I don’t really know who I am, or how I am being perceived, and I feel disjointed. At best, I am a combination of lots of things that results in the more grounded, composed version of myself that sits in the driver’s seat and sings the songs I write”.

Michael Sackler-Berner On His New Music Video ‘Death To The Uptight’

Aussie Psych-Pop: The Babe Rainbow share the bucolic video for “Many Moons of Love”

Aussie psychedelic-pop band The Babe Rainbow released the bucolic new video for “Many Moons of Love” the final track from their upcoming full-length record ‘Today’ out September 20th via Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records. We partnered with Culture Collide to bring you this new video! They praised the band’s “warm and sunny” vibe.

Video Premiere: Babe Rainbow keeps Woodstock alive with “Many Moons of Love”


“I just wanted to be honest about everything, from my musical influences to my story,” muses Neal Francis. After years of dishonest living — consumed by drugs, alcohol, and addiction — such sincerity is jarring from the 30-year-old Chicago-based musician. Liberated from a self-destructive past and born anew in sobriety, Francis has captured an inspired collection of songs steeped in New Orleans rhythms and Chicago blues. His music evokes a bygone era of R&B’s heyday while simultaneously forging a new path on the musical landscape. Ohio-based Karma Chief Records (a subsidiary of rising soul label Colemine Records) have already released two singles earlier this year, “These Are The Days” and “Changes, Pt. 1”, with the full LP Changes to follow this fall.

Little Scream hits a groove on latest single from Speed Queen, “Still Life”

Speed Queen is the title of Little Scream’s new album, set to arrive on October 25. It’s a record that Little Scream (a.k.a. Laurel Sprengelmeyer) says is about observing the slow entropy of the US, ruminating on her own low-income upbringing in a flyover state, and, as she says, “taking it all in from the privileged position of being a new Canadian.”

Today, Little Scream shares a slice of escapism from the record, the gently grooving “Still Life,” which paints a picture of “complicated chaos” and “a sophisticated daydream.”

Leah Voysey- ‘Modern Pop’ For Fans Of Halsey, Billie Eilish, Bishop Briggs; New Single “Keep It To Yourself” Available Now

Leah Voysey is a pop performer, who combines current pop sounds and synths with her roots at an acoustic singer/songwriter. She puts a focus on creating compelling and unique lyrics molded around powerhouse vocals. Voysey does not shy away from controversial topics such as sexuality, drugs, and depression in order to create stories that others can relate to.

M. T. Hadley returns with ‘Rattle’, his first single since 2016’s Frank Ocean approved ‘Janet’

In summer 2016, M. T. Hadley released ‘Janet’, a song written a year after the death of his mother. Premiering on i-D, they described it as a “drop everything kind of track” that “fills your mind and swallows you up.” The following summer Frank Ocean aired it on his blonded RADIO show on Beats. It was lauded as a standout track in a show which also featured new material from Ocean and has subsequently clocked over two million Spotify plays.


Recorded in just eleven days at The Distillery, Wiltshire, Kind was co-produced by Kelly Jones and George Drakoulias (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Screaming Trees, Primal Scream). The recording sessions used minimal studio techniques, overdubs or technology. This stripped back, raw approach to committing Kelly Jones’ songwriting to tape provides listeners with captivating and candid snapshots of one of the UK’s most enduring bands. The performances are led by Jones’ distinct and emotive vocals that reveal a raw vulnerability not yet heard. The results are an honest and hopeful album for our times, and an album that stands shoulder to shoulder with the band’s best work.

NEW MUSIC: Accomplished singer-songwriter BRIAN OWENS releases “Carry You” – Aug. 23, 2019

Accomplished singer-songwriter and soul stylist Brian Owens continues to preview music ahead of his new album LOVE CAME DOWN with the release of his latest single, “Carry You,” available at all major digital retailers and streaming platforms beginning August 23. The new tune follows “Cool Water (Justice Rolls Down Like)” and “Sparrow,” which were offered as a double-singles package earlier this year.

Reina Del Cid Releases “Bernadette” From Album MORSE CODE out October 4

Today celebrated Minneapolis singer/songwriter Reina Del Cid released “Bernadette,” the first song from her new album MORSE CODE out October 4. Reina Del Cid’s storytelling prowess shines on the song, which appears to feature a visitor from the artist’s past. “It feels like I lost a friend, I find myself wondering, will she haunt my home again, oh my Bernadette.”


IRIS caps a landmark year for the duo, who recently won the Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album for 2018’s Woman Worldwide. The album and film act as a celebration of Justice’s full repertoire and creative innovation, which have earned the duo over 10 years of international acclaim via their three studio albums and massive world tours.

Pretend Collective share final single “Alphabet City”

“…shimmers with rippling keys, understated percussion and wonky synth to create an atmosphere that is endearingly enchanting. Offset with Reilly’s affable vocal, there is a distinctly dreamy 70s undertone.” – The Line of Best Fit

New music release by Líon Goodwin called “Beautiful Love”

Líon Goodwin is most notable for his remix of Will Smith’s classic track “Summertime.” Since the release of that song this singer has published a series of pop compositions that span the genres of R&B, hip-hop and EDM.

Thaiboy Digital’s debut album Legendary Member due September 26, premieres “Lip Service”

Bangkok-based rapper Thaiboy Digital’s debut album, Legendary Member, is due September 26, on YEAR0001. The album, recorded between Stockholm and London, is produced by Gud, Whitearmor, Woesum and Ripsquad and features Yung Lean, Ecco2K and Bladee.