#labordayweekend edition – @skopemag news for august 30, 2019 @ 10 am est

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Foy Vance has shared an incredible acoustic performance video of “Malibu Jane”, a track from his forthcoming album To Memphis, which will be released on September 6, 2019 on Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records/Elektra. The acoustic video, which Relix Magazine premiered earlier today, was filmed at Sun Studios in Memphis. Watch it HERE. Pre-order To Memphis to receive the album version of “Malibu Jane” as well as the tracks “Only The Artist”, “The Strong Hand”, “I Won’t Let You Fall”, and “Wind Blows Chloe”.

Tale Of Us announce Afterlife Ibiza 2019 Closing Party Line Up

15 weeks in, the Ibiza Realm Of Consciousness comes to an end on October 3rd. The Grand Finale of another unforgettable Afterlife season at Hï.

Joining hosts Tale Of Us in the Theatre are Agents Of Time for an opening DJ set, Swiss duo Adriatique, the powerful, electro-tinged style of Maceo Plex and Stephan Bodzin’s inimitable live act. To finish, the uniquely transcendent duo Tale Of Us will close out the season with a final Ibiza performance of the year, not-to-be-missed.


“Shifts seamlessly from heavy verses and eerie synthesizers into a decidedly sunshine-y chorus, as Riit switches between graceful, airy vocals and intense throat-singing while communicating the strangeness and elation of exploration.” – FADER

“A uniqely Arctic take on electropop.” – Line of Best Fit

THE SH-BOOMS Launch 2nd Leg of ‘The Blurred Odyssey’ Tour; Supporting KOLARS Sept. 17-28

“Spanning most of this decade, the ascent of these Orlando garage-soul saviors has been long and winding. But with the spring release of this sweltering opus, it seems their career has finally achieved a certified breakthrough. A model of strut, gut and soul, the album – by far their most crystallized and whopping work yet – has drawn tons of glowing press and even garnered a “Coolest Song in the World” shout on Little Steven’s Underground Garage. It’s been a welcome national splash that’s validated something we’ve known around here for years: The Sh-Booms are ready for the world.”- Orlando Weekly

Turkish psych rockers Altin Gün plot Fall U.S. tour

Psychedelic Turkish folk rock group Altin Gün have planned a U.S. headline tour for this Fall, which will include stops at Desert Daze Festival, The Independent in San Francisco, CA, Neumos in Seattle, WA, a return to Brooklyn, NY at Elsewhere and more. See below for the full list of upcoming tour dates. The band will also reissue their breakthrough album On this year for the first time ever on vinyl in the U.S., to be released this October.


Armed with a musical and visual aesthetic that has its roots unabashedly buried deep in the golden era of 70s and 80s fantasy and sci-fi, Magic Sword is an ageless tale of good and evil, told through an ever-expanding graphic novel story and accompanying synth-heavy soundtrack albums. The two mediums have been intertwined from the band’s conception; together they create an epic experience for those bold enough to bear witness and come away with a deeper understanding of the ultimate hero’s journey.


Award-winning rap artist Lecrae has unveiled the official music video for “Big Wave” today. The Iggy Music and Mashell produced track features Lecrae, Parris Chariz and 116. “Big Wave” was featured on Reach Records Summer Nineteen Playlist.

NEFFEX Unveil New Music Video For “Sunday”

Southern California duo NEFFEX have unveiled the official music video for their song “Sunday” today. Inspired by the “Champagne Sundays” that the duo hosted at their Hollywood Hills house, the piece features the group’s own Bryce Savage (vocals) and Cameron Wales (guitar, decks) as they throw an unforgettable party with friends and endless bottles of champagne.

JPEGMAFIA’s new album ‘All My Heroes Are Cornballs’ out Sept. 13th

JPEGMAFIA has announced his new album, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, out September 13th via EQT Recordings. The announce comes with a trailer featuring some of Peggy’s close friends including James Blake, DJ Dahi, Flume, Channel Tres, Buzzy Lee, Jeff Tweedy, Injury Reserve, Jeff Ellis and Kenny Beats who all share their thoughts on the album. All My Heroes Are Cornballs is the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2018 album Veteran, and is self-proclaimed by Peggy as a “DISAPPOINTMENT”. Two weeks ago he gave a first glimpse at the album with his latest song “Jesus Forgive Me, I Am A Thot” and announced his new headline tour, ‘JPEGMAFIA Type Tour,’ starting October 14th and ending with two shows in his beloved city of Baltimore.

LISTEN – Callum Beattie Pays Homage To His Hometown With New Single ‘Easter Road’, Out Today

“Callum Beattie is a singer like no other.” – THE TELEGRAPH

“Callum Beattie is one of Scotland’s more sizzling musical talents and now stands on the cusp of superstardom” – EVENING STANDARD

Jamie Alimorad Teams Up with American Foundation of Suicide Prevention for new single “Brighter Days”

Acclaimed songwriter and pop vocalist Jamie Alimorad is releasing a new uplifting single, “Brighter Days”, on August 16th. This is the second single off Alimorad’s upcoming album This Is Tomorrow Calling. The inspiring song is co-written with Grammy-nominee Gino Vannelli and produced by Grammy-nominee Ross Vannelli. Lyrically, Alimorad weaves a tale of personal struggle, and the light within that guides towards a better tomorrow. The production is rich, with a cavalry of elevating voices, and a summer vibe that is vibrant as the sun.

Lil Tecca Reaches the Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 with “Ransom”

16-years-old and already topping charts, Lil Tecca is New York’s next rap superstar. This week, he catapults into the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Ransom,” his breakout hit.

Boosted by a video directed by Cole Bennett (over 100 million views), “Ransom” is one of the most popular and surprising rap hits of 2019. With over 224 million Spotify streams since its June 4th release on the platform, the Nick Mira & Taz Taylor-produced hit currently sits at #3 on Spotify’s United States Top 50, and at #4 worldwide, adding over 3.3 million streams per day to its total.

1017 Hotshot Yung Mal Recruits Gucci, Gunna & More For Solo Debut ‘Iceburg’

With a percolating, punchy delivery and a wry wit, Yung Mal is one of Atlanta’s most exciting newcomers. Unleashing a torrent of rhythmic bars, Mal shares Iceburg, his first-ever solo mixtape. Perfecting his laid-back, but in-your-face style of trap music, Mal elevates the art of flexing, delivering a 15-track treatise on why he’s the man: “Hop off a jet, go straight to a check/Make that Hellcat make a mess/B*tch, I’m rich, I’m not pressed.” The new mixtape is headlined by Mal’s successful run of singles, including the speaker-knocking lyrical exercise “#’s”, the Gucci Mane-featuring, Complex-premiered “Fresh”, and the eccentric slapper “Action,” featuring Lil GotIt, produced by Pi’erre Bourne, and premiered by HYPEBEAST.


A vibrant, carefree slice of synth-pop, “Summer Fade” is the sonic encapsulation of the summer months gently tailing off and being replaced by more autumnal climes. Underpinned by Anna of the North’s smooth vocals, the track taps into Snakehips’ trademark carefree sound – delivering something that’s guaranteed to strike a chord with their loyal fans.

Colton Kayser examines the end of a relationship on new single “Anymore”

The song premiered via XS Noise where Kayser detailed “‘Anymore’ is about a failing relationship and the emotions you go through at the tail end of it. The concept of having to let go of someone, even if you don’t necessarily want to, was something I was thinking about a lot at the time.

Ceschi shares nostalgic “1988” video with FLOOD Magazine

‘Sans Soleil’ is the second installment in Ceschi’s powerful and final three-album trilogy. His music lives in some liminal space between left field hip hop, folk punk and indie rock, and has earned him a cult following within the indie rap and DIY punk communities. Sans Soleil is the immediate follow-up to Ceschi’s 2019 fan-favorite album Sad, Fat Luck, which has received praise and nods from Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop, Hip Hop DX, Pop Matters, Northern Transmissions, VEVO, Talkhouse, Myke C Town of Dead End Hip Hop and more. As Hip Hop DX puts Ceschi’s sound, “his emotions pour through every syllable.” Sans Soleil is a politically savvy record with an endless palette of samples and top-tier collaborators including Yoni of WHY?, P.O.S., Open Mike Eagle, Onry Ozzborn, Squalloscope, and Ceschi’s longtime collaborator and producer Factor Chandelier. Available on vinyl, limited edition picture disk vinyl, CD, and cassette, this sequel album is bound to solidify Ceschi’s standing as a force to be reckoned with in independent music.


Platinum-certified singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin returns today with a beautiful new video for his song “Must Have Been The Wind.” The new video for the track – which was dubbed by TIME as “one of [Benjamin’s] sweetest [songs] yet” – was directed by Conner Evert and is now streaming at Alec’s official YouTube channel HERE.

Mindfield release ripping new single & announce EP!

“Violent Nature” is the first taste of Mindfield’s uniquely satisfying style since their 2018 EP Void of Illuminance and the quartet bursts right back out of the gate with their signature concoction of highspeed riffs, hardcore-leaning vocals, divebombs and a rewarding, heavy-as-hell ending. Mindfield is a burgeoning force in the Florida scene and is sure to turn some heads when their new self-titled EP drops on September 20th.

Sea Caves – ‘Dart’ single

Sea Caves identifies patterns and rhythms in ways few others can – not just in music, but in relationships and the shining resonances of daily life. They realize that atmospheres, crafted well and layered with care, can climb deep down inside you and hearten stronger connections to the stories they illustrate, fostering mysterious links and allowing listeners to melt right into the melodies

Alec Benjamin Releases Official Music Video For “Must Have Been The Wind.”

Platinum-certified singer-songwriter Alec Benjamin returns today with a beautiful new video for his song “Must Have Been The Wind.” The new video for the track – which was dubbed by TIME as “one of [Benjamin’s] sweetest [songs] yet” – was directed by Conner Evert and is now streaming at Alec’s official YouTube channel HERE.

Bananagun premieres “Crane In The Tiger’s Mouth” via Surviving the Golden Age; ‘Do Yeah’ is out on September 6th

There are some records that you come across that sound like you’ve discovered an unearthed gem from a previous decade; a lost moment in musical history that has cruelly been sat gathering dust in a record shop for years. From the opening seconds of Bananagun’s “Do Yeah” – which stirs to life in an intoxicating blend of 1970s afrobeat, fuzzed out psychedelia and immersive pop – this very much feels like the case of discovering something special.

WILDSTREET Release Video for Single “Tennessee Cocaine”

“Tennessee Cocaine’s the greatest feeling on the greatest night of your life. It’s like a speed ball laced w/adrenaline & cut w/ ecstasy. It’s hedonistic, instinctual, sexual like the gun burning ink in your veins. Tennessee Cocaine represents an addiction.. a addiction of humanity shall I say… to be free, to be an individual, & to live on our own terms. It’s about being the superstar or rockstar, at the best party.. on the best night of your life…” says Eric Jayk.


“I’m super excited to be releasing my new single and signing to a label,” says Tate. “This whole process of me releasing music started in my bedroom and now I am recording in a studio – it’s crazy! It’s been a lot of hard work, multiple hours in the studio, and now it’s finally getting released to the world. I hope everyone loves this song as much as I do.”