#weekend edition – @skopemag news for August 24, 2019 @ 8 am est

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Jay Smith, new music video out now – “Closing Time”

Jay Smith, the well known voice from the south west of Sweden delivered earlier this year his latest single Closing Time from his upcoming album.

“Closing Time” is a finely-tuned and well produced ballad that with certainty will be one of the more frequently spinned songs of the year.


Sonically channeling turn-of-the-century R&B, the track integrates lush acoustic guitar, a thick beat, and an enticing falsetto. Gallant goes from intimate verses into a captivating chant upheld by his smooth signature sound and a burning question, “Why don’t we sleep on it?”

French stoner/fuzz/garage power-trio Prohibition Dead announce new EP ‘Unless You’Re Afraid To Change’ // New single “Staying Around” still available.

As announced a few weeks ago with the single “Staying Aaround” : less than two years after the official release of its debut full-length effort ‘Directly For Your Eyes’ (2018), French stoner/fuzz/garage power-trio Prohibition Dead is about to release a brand new EP called ‘Unless You’re Afraid To Change’ and coming out on November 1st.

ICYMI: Pile share new track of ‘My Employer’

“In certain parts of Boston, Pile are beheld with the kind of reverence traditionally reserved for local sporting heroes and/or minor deities…their music crackles and explodes alongside frontman Rick Maguire’s over-firing neurons.” – Pitchfork

Danish rockers Tainted Lady announce sophomore album

Drawing inspirations from different eras of rock, these guys always aim at refining their old-school style to give their songs as much of a personal voice as possible, which will be evident when listening to their coming record. “For our second studio album, ‘Sounds Like Freedom // Feels Like War’, we aimed at amplifying and building on the strengths of our band. Aside from the obvious rock influences, this time our love for the 60’s folk musicians and their craftsmanship in songwriting seeped into the album as well. That inspiration started appearing early on in the writing phase, especially because we had a lot to say lyrically, just like a lot of the songs from that era had. The lyrics and themes are very much interconnected throughout the album, and the songs were written to be heard in sequence”, the band elaborates


French progressive metal pioneers UNEVEN STRUCTURE have released their second single from the upcoming album “Paragon” along with a visually stunning official music video. The new full-length and successor of 2017’s “La Partition” is set to be released on October 18th, 2019 as exclusive bundles, limited double vinyl, CD Digipack and digital.

Beardyman teams up with Joe Rogan to release 6am (Ready To Write)

Award winning multi-vocalist, producer and comedian Beardyman has unveiled his latest single 6am (Ready to Write) via RCA Records.

The track is an infectious, rumbling melody underpinned by the vocals of legendary commentator Joe Rogan reading Hunter S. Thompson’s daily routine. Needing little introduction, Hunter S. Thompson was one of the greatest writers and degenerates of his generation best known for writing the psychedelic satirical black comedy ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ which was later turned into a cult classic film starring Johnny Depp.

VERONICA FUSARO – ‘Rollercoaster’ : new single by Swiss singer songwriter out 23.08.19

We all know that love is a rollercoaster, a white-knuckle ride that can veer from sky high euphoria to abject misery. The new single by Veronica Fusaro tells the tale of just such a love, yet somehow the young Swiss singer with the soul-soaked voice has wrapped these feelings into a song that bursts with pure joie de vivre. She even surprised herself with it. “I’m well aware of my tendency to write melancholy songs,” she laughs. “That’s why I’m really chuffed to come up with something so cheerful.”

Norwegian shoegazers channel 90s power pop on new single

Formed by Kvelertak’s guitarist Maciek Ofstad and two-time Norwegian Grammy winner Bendik Brænne, power pop collective The Needs are releasing their debut album on September 6th 2019 via Jansen Records.

On their latest single ‘Hey Wake Up’, the band experiment with 90’s power-pop. With upbeat melodies, buzzing guitar riffs and a chorus that swells as the song goes along, the track has shades of RIDE and Teenage Fanclub

NEW TRACK – One Bit x Laura White ‘Back To You’ (Illyus + Barrientos Remix), Out Today

Since its release, ‘Back To You’ was MistaJam’s ‘Self Certified’ track on his BBC Radio 1 show, has received support from Kiss FM, and was added in to various playlists on Apple Music (Breaking Dance), Spotify (Dance Rising), Deezer (Dance Anthem UK) and Amazon Music (Fresh Dance). The track gained accolades from Data Transmission, Celebmix and Spindle Magazine, and was also played during this year’s ITV2 show Love Island with the track being shazamed over five thousand times.

Erick Morillo drops new ‘Subliminal Summer Sessions 2019’ Mix CD

A two-disc, 30-track release, the compilation features no fewer than twelve exclusive tracks from Morillo’s friends and contemporaries, with the likes of Yousef, Harry Romero, Kurd Maverick, Roland Clark, Marco Lys, Nick Lampos and Antranig all contributing. Elsewhere there are three tracks from Morillo himself, one of which is a collaboration with long-time collaborator Romero, while the other two are different versions of his latest single ‘Fifth Element’ – a track which signalled a change of creative direction for the Colombian-American house legend. He also provides remixes of tracks from Eelke Kleijn and Antranig.


Known for his releases on Big Beat, Spinnin’ Records, Armada, FFRR, and Pete Tong’s Deux Trois Records, Leon Lour crafted a name for himself as the obvious choice for the perfect female-fronted club remix after the success of his rework of Ava Max’s hit single ‘Sweet But Psycho’.

Press Club share video for “Behave”

Press Club are sharing another new track from their second album, Wasted Energy, which is out now on Hassle Records. On a record on which the band turns the dial towards more of their punk influences, Behave is just one of the tracks that shows how raw, frenetic and engaging Press Club can be. Behave is a commentary on the band’s experiences in their day to day. People are told to live up to the expectations of others in every facet of their lives, and Behave is about letting go of any desire to please anyone other than themselves.

OFFAIAH links up with BACATME on hypnotic new single ‘What I Grew Up On’

Defected Records signee OFFAIAH first made an impact in the dance scene with ‘Trouble’ that has gained more than 35 million Spotify streams and heavy rotation across international radio. This later saw him sign to Defected Records and release singles, ‘Work It Out’, ‘Push Pull’ and ‘Somewhere Special’, having his biggest summer to date by making his debut at Ushuaïa Ibiza, while performing at Eden Ibiza, Defected Croatia and Ibiza festivals.

HOLDAN Offers a Slice of Dream-like Euphoria in Latest Single ‘LOST’

Holdan presents the final triumphant installment of his forthcoming debut EP ‘I Lost My Friends In The Spring’, in the form of lucid, dreamy ‘Lost’ out August 23rd via Red Umbrella Records.

An anthem of acceptance, 19-year-old LA based Holdan Sutton explains “I get distracted and discouraged by a lot of things, and this song is about not beating yourself up because of it, because it’s a piece of the journey. I guess you’ve got to go through that s**t to find the stuff that feels good, maybe you just have to be lost to find someone.”

NYC’s The Wants (ft. members of BODEGA) announce new single “Fear My Society” on Council Records | Headline The Waiting Room on September 16th

Following the organic buzz around shows at SXSW and a debut single for Council Records (Scalping, Talk Show) in “Clearly A Crisis”, NYC’s The Wants return with the follow-up, “Fear My Society”, an immediate slice of gloomy art-punk that pairs both new wave sensibilities and off-kilter hooks to an influence from minimal techno.

Morioh Sonder Release Debut Single ‘I Want To Die On My Birthday’

Berlin based psych-indie-pop group Morioh Sonder offer a trip in to their world with the release of their debut single, the first from their forthcoming EP, titled ‘I Want To Die On My Birthday’ – to be released independently on August 23rd.


“Every aspect of ‘Die Young’ grows and gradually drifts into insanity,” says Julian. “My demented auto-tuned vocals steer into anger and chaos as I lose control. The intensity of the music climbs until finally we are presented with the true meaning, ‘I know you wanna burn, burn, burn, like a fabulous yellow Roman candle, I know you want to live fast and die young, but just hold on tight for one more night, cause I need you baby.’

Introducing Annika Rose – Debut Single Out Now

Today, L.A.-based singer and songwriter Annika Rose has released her debut single, “In The End” (TaP Records). “In The End” is an immaculately arranged piece of piano-driven pop that also exemplifies all the elements that make Annika’s songwriting so magnetic: her effortlessly commanding vocal performance, sharply detailed storytelling, and heart-on-sleeve honesty about self-doubt and insecurity. Annika first shared a video of her playing “In The End” online earlier this year where the clip has amassed over 20,000 views on YouTube and nearly a million views on Instagram.

Btwn Us & Madysyn Rose – Wait

Melbourne based band BTWN US, comprised of brothers Adrian & Daniel Juric and Nathan McCreanor. The trio have just released their latest single ‘Wait’; their first release of what is sure to be an exciting year for the formidable pop group.

Joywave share movie inspired video for ‘Obsession’

Joywave have released the video for their new single, ‘Obsession’. It was directed by Laura Gorun, Cooper Roussel, Dimitri Basil (Kings Of Leon, Vance Joy) and shot entirely on analog film with the support of Kodak, an iconic industrial staple of the band’s hometown of Rochester in New York.

The video, a montage of cinematic vignettes, showcases the wry humour of the band as they “star” in various movie trailer spoofs ranging from westerns to heist to horror films. Shooting on film gave the video the visual depth and richness of feature films and is a favourite medium of Joywave, who themselves shoot on various Kodak film stocks.

Joywave share movie inspired video for ‘Obsession’

NEWS: MJ Cole shares new video for MC Cole & Cedric Gervais and Freya Ridings ‘Waking Up”

Today, MJ Cole and frequent visual collaborator Fil Fury team up once again to share a brand new visual for the Cedric Gervais remix of ‘Waking Up’. A continuation from the original video which premiered on CLASH Magazine earlier this year the most recent visual, like the track, is a ‘remix’ of the original which sees the same boy (directors son) waking up and floating, lost in his dreams, thoughts and memories in the Nevada desert.

VISIONS OF ATLANTIS Release Official Video & Single “Nothing Lasts Forever”

VISIONS OF ATLANTIS continue their way up to the top.

With VISIONS OF ATLANTIS’ newest and third release “Nothing Lasts Forever” off their upcoming album “Wanderers,” the listener will be put into a state of melancholy and thoughtfulness. The newest single speaks of fleeting moments in our lives and how we must cherish every one of them – without a single regret, because they cannot last forever.

Bea Miller Releases “FEELS LIKE HOME” With Jessie Reyez, “sunsets in outerspace” Tour Announced

“FEELS LIKE HOME,” is the first of several new noteworthy collaborations the “sensational” (L’Officiel) Miller will unveil over the next several weeks. The track sees Miller and Reyez joining forces for the first time on this memorable earworm that showcases both of their dynamic vocal talents that perfectly complement each other.

Bea Miller, Jessie Reyez Debut Song And Video For ‘Feels Like Home’

HorrorWorks out Friday the 13th of September!

HorrorWorks is another step up the metal latter for the great power trio Ohmwork.

Ohmwork release their fourth album HorrorWorks on Friday the 13th of September. A concept album consisting of eight horror stories. You have maybe heard of Amityville, Typhiod Mary or the serial killer known as the ‘Phantom Killer’? Dig in and find out more!


Returning to Revealed Recordings after 3 years since his last solo release ‘Blaze’, Dutch driving force Dannic once again collaborates with UK vocalist, DJ and producer Harrison with ‘Burn Me Down’, their first release together since 2015’s acclaimed ‘Mayday’ also featuring LuckyDate.

Emily Breeze wields axe in American Psycho inspired video for ‘Work’

It’s such a glossy track that sounds sort of like Mazzy Starr meets Nick Cave & Patti Smith. It was produced by Stew Jackson of Massive Attack and comes from Emily’s new album ‘Rituals’ which is due out on September 6th on Sugar Shack Records.

SHHE announces debut album with new track ‘Saint Cyrus’

“SHHE conjures twilight introspection with ‘Saint Cyrus'” – CLASH

SHHE is the alter-ego of Scottish-Portuguese artist and producer SU Shaw. Shaw wraps carefully constructed electronic soundscapes around delicate yet self-assured vocals, and Saint Cyrus is the next piece of the puzzle introducing the world to the enigmatic SHHE. The artist’s upcoming self-titled debut album tracks a period of intense personal change, due for release 11th October on One Little Indian Records.

RIKER LYNCH Debuts New Music Project With “Sex On The Beach”

LA-based musician Riker Lynch introduces his new music project Riker and The Beachcombers today with his debut single “Sex On The Beach.” The track, co-written by his brothers Rocky and Ross Lynch, friend Ellington Ratliff, and produced by Rocky Lynch, impeccably embodies what Riker intended the project to be – laid back, tropical pop music.

Freda James Reveals EP Bonus Track: “Her Hymn”

There is something both otherworldly and of this earth about Freda James’ music and “Her Hymn” is no exception. Inspired by her time in the Berkshires among friends, the song is liberated from traditional structure and written straight from the heart. On the songwriting experience, Freda elaborates, “I was just touching the keys till the right chords settled in. A melody arrived in my mind, words began to flow, and soon I had something that felt soothing. It was a true freestyle moment, a snippet of an otherwise long jam session.”

Freda James Talks A Woman Alone And Her Hymn

David Wax Museum Release New Album ‘Line Of Light’ via Nine Mile Records; On Tour This Fall

Today, David Wax Museum, fronted by David Wax and Suz Slezak, released their fifth studio album Line Of Light via Nine Mile Records. Produced by Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket, the album was the first full length record to be produced in his newly built recording studio in his home of Nashville, TN.

Major Lazer partners with Fortnite

As part of the Lazerism set, players can get the Major Lazer Outfit (including the Lazer Flex emote), Lazer Wings, Lazer Axe, the Lazer Blast emote, as well as the Default Vibe and Default Fire lobby music, both remixed by Major Lazer. Fans can grab these items before they rotate out of the shop on Sunday at 8pm ET.

Jim James announces collaborative project w/ The Louisville Orchestra

Jim James, acclaimed genre-bending solo artist, passionate social activist and leader of legendary rock band My Morning Jacket, and conductor/composer Teddy Abrams & The Louisville Orchestra announce the release of their collaborative project, The Order of Nature. As two of the world’s most vibrant and versatile musicians, neither James nor Abrams shies away from a challenge, and with ​The Order of Nature​ they’ve crafted a large-scale symphonic suite that has James’ evocative songs as its foundation. Abrams built a grand orchestral house on that foundation, and the result is an explosion of music that boldly synthesizes rock and classical while taking advantage of orchestral music’s inherently cinematic nature. Featuring unreleased new songs from James as well as re-imaginings from his solo catalog, the album will be released October 18 via Decca Gold. The lead track, “Set It To Song,” is available now with all pre-orders.

Grande Royale new single “Hands Up” out now

Today Grande Royale releases the single and video ‘Hands Up’ taken from the bands upcoming album ‘Take It Easy’. The track features Tove Abrahamsson on lead vocal.

Music: UK Pop Riser Cassa Jackson Explores Social Media Addiction in Wild West

Music has been a part of Cassa’s life since her days at school, where she wrote her first song, taking her to the final of the Song Academy, songwriter of the year awards. She was soon spotted by Jo Garofalo and asked to perform as a guest solo artist at Wembley Arena for the ‘Voice in a Million’ charity event in 2017. Shortly after, she was performing the same track to a crowd of 40,000 people at the ‘Colour Day Festival’ in Athens. In accordance with her hard working values, she continued her studies and excelled in foreign languages, studying French and Spanish at The University of Bristol.

Surfaces “Keep It Gold” this summer with tour announcement and new single, music video live at 12pm PST

“The duo knows how to craft catchy pop goodness that bounces between genre and style.” – EarToTheGroundMusic

“Inspiring and positive.” – Wolf in a Suit

Military Veterans Try and Overcome PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries Through Music

DFD Music (https://www.dfdmusic.com/) recently announced the release of “Hits the Collection,” Shane Foster & Christopher Davis bring together an extraordinary group of musicians to join them, something that has never been done by military veterans and industry producers. Notable collaborators and featured musicians delivering instrumental & vocal performances include Yo Gotti, Young Dolph, Boosie Bad Azz, and Project Pat. These are artists with diverse musical backgrounds coming together to create a timeless musical quality. “Hits the Collection” is available for purchase on all major digital platforms and on iTunes.

“Marriage” – Mike Riley

His new song “Marriage” is an honest, folk-driven track about recognizing that any fulfilling relationship (a job, a friendship, a romantic partner) takes work and a conscious decision to stick it out. Though the song was inspired by his own experiences, the video centres around Toronto drag artist, BOA. It is a dark, glittery vignette about pursuing what you love and the moments that make it all worthwhile.


“Welcome proof of music’s continuing, if underemployed, power to confront authorities” – The Guardian

“All credit to the Norwegian singer and activist Pal Moddi Knutsen for unearthing so many songs that have run into trouble with the censors… a folk-pop list that roams from China to Israel.” – The Sunday Times

The Jon Stickley Trio releases new single, “Animate Object”

Known as one of the roots music scene’s most progressive and innovative voices, the Jon Stickley Trio has chosen the groundbreaking “Animate Object” as their first release for western North Carolina’s Organic Records. The single’s intelligent blend of Jazz, Latin, and Dance music is unconventional and alluring, making it a perfect example of the group’s genre-defying twist on acoustic-based music.

AAS Collaboration with Rachel Bloom for Suicide Prevention Month

Following last year’s incredibly popular #AAS365 campaign, The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) announced today that its campaign to recognize National Suicide Prevention Month and Week will again focus on awareness and education every day of the year. For this year’s campaign, AAS has collaborated with several large, national agencies ranging from veterans groups, and law enforcement agencies, to celebrities, legislators, and documentary filmmakers. AAS is especially excited to collaborate with Rachel Bloom, creator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, to help amplify the message of suicide prevention.

American Association of Suicidology Announces #AAS365 Campaign Events for Suicide Prevention Month and Beyond


The song unites the Los Angeles-based multiplatinum-selling producer and DJ trio Captain Cuts with the UK DJ, singer, songwriter, and producer for a buoyant, bold, and bright poolside singalong. Backed by energetic house, dancefloor synths, and propulsive percussion, the song’s fusion of electronic fire and pop ambition sizzles and scorches. Be on the lookout for the premiere of the music video very soon and expect to hear this one at parties worldwide well beyond the summer season…

Ty Herndon releases album ‘Got it Covered’ with new video for “So Small”

Today, Grammy-nominated country singer/songwriter Ty Herndon released his highly anticipated album Got It Covered via BFD/The Orchard. The album release is accompanied by a new video for the song “So Small” — Taste of Country called the track (originally co-written and sung by Carrie Underwood) “arguably the most important song on [Got It Covered].” The video features the youth of The Rainbow Squad, a Nashville-based group based around providing a safe space and community resources for LGBTQ+ kids.


Aaron Carpenter’s new single, “Next,” was released today by Capitol Records. The atmospheric track poignantly captures the pain of falling for someone who still hasn’t gotten over their ex. Carpenter wrote “Next” with The Roommates (Jon Bellion), who also produced, and Mozella (Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, One Direction).

Anthony LaMarca of The War on Drugs/St.Vincent, unveils The Building

“Life Half Lived” is written from the perspective of two female friends of mine (one of which is featured in the song’s video),” says The Building’s Anthony LaMarca. “When I wrote it they were both dealing with emotionally abusive partners and trying to find their way forward. They had put in so much work and love towards these men, the fathers of their children, and mostly got nothing back (or if they did it was mostly when it was convenient/advantageous for them). It’s unfortunately a very familiar story. Real love takes a lot of hard work, and too often a lot of men are very afraid of that.”

AFTERMATH Release Lyric Video for “Temptation Overthrown”

Chicago based Progressive Thrash Metal Band AFTERMATH has released the lyric video for “Temptation Overthrown.” Originally premiered on BraveWords, “Temptation Overthrown” is the fifth single off of their recently released LP, There is Something Wrong, which is available in physical CD in stores and online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, FYE and other retailers (below) TODAY.


He paved the way for the EP with the singles “Talk So Much,” “Move On,” and the title track “Slow Dance” [featuring Ava Max]. An epic duet of rapidly rising pop stars, the latter already amassed 3.5 million total streams and attracted critical praise right out of the gate. Additionally, the four-track project includes the upbeat new anthem “Out My Mind,” which vaults into a high-energy hook and showcases his impressive range.

Julian Lamadrid Releases “Die Young” and Announces NY + LA Shows

“New single ‘Die Young’ is a potent return, a dazzling pop exposition that features a frenzied, undeniably charismatic vocal.” — CLASH


Nashville-based group, The Band CAMINO, have released their Elektra Records debut EP tryhard which is available today on all streaming platforms. tryhard is highlighted by early singles “Honest,” “See Through,” and “Daphne Blue,” the latter of which is accompanied by a Patrick Tracy directed official music video.