#weekend edition – @skopemag news for september 1, 2019 @ 9 am est

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Melbourne trio The Run unleash soaring indie single, ‘Missing Out On’

There is a reason heartbreak songs are so popular. Arriving at just the right time for a lot of listeners, hearing lyrics that navigate emotional terrain we’ve all been down can be comforting and cathartic. When it comes to the latest release from Melbourne group The Run, this feeling definitely applies. The band’s new single ‘Missing Out On’ captures gorgeous choral vocals in with a mix of indie and soul similar to Ruel and Lime Cordiale, to present a musical letter to the one who is not going to be keeping you down.


Art pop auteur Montaigne has today released her spectacular second album Complex, which features triple j faves For Your Love and Ready, alongside her latest single, the title track of the record. To celebrate the album, Montaigne will be taking part in instore stripped back performances and signings at Oh Jean Records in Melbourne on Saturday August 31 at 12pm and HUM Music in Sydney on Monday September 2 at 5.30pm. She will then be hitting the road for her Complex album tour (presented by triple j) in November, kicking off in Adelaide on November 7, then moving through Perth, Fremantle, Maroochydore, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Bendigo, Torquay, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, and finishing up in Wollongong on November 30.

Demonhead: Release New Album Black Devil Lies Today & Australian/New Zealand Tour Announced

Australians Demonhead are releasing their long awaited sophomore album Black Devil Lies. The old school metal influences are strong, but a much darker and heavier Demonhead is on show this time around.

Black Devil Lies an embodiment of the adversity they faced since 2015’s Bring on the Doom. Losing drummer Dave Godfrey (Meshiaak) was quickly followed by guitarist Rüe almost dying and needing emergency surgery to save his life. “His health was so bad that we thought the band wasn’t going to continue”, says frontman David Lowes. He continues: “everyone in the band had been facing adversity over and Black Devil Lies is a metaphor for the dark thoughts that linger behind the surface and make us question ourselves and our existence.” Demonhead went into semi-permanent hiatus until 2017 when Rue’s health improved and the band reformed with Dean (ex Horizon’s Edge) coming into the fold.

Joell Ortiz Releases New Album

It’s been a busy week for Joell Ortiz. He’s been in the middle of a full swing press tour for his new album Monday. After recording at Vevo, he sat down with DJ Kay Slay, ShowOff Radio w/ Statik Selektah, a performance on Gray Rizzy, and then on to Lord Sear’s show. Meanwhile, his video for Before Hip-Hop is racking up views on Youtube. Uproxx and Genius named it one of the top LPs of the month and BET featured him on Rate The Bars. It seems that the Slaughterhouse MC is ready to remind people why the Yaowa Nation remains strong. But, if after all that you still missed it, this weekend is your chance to take in the full album, produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Apollo Brown, Nottz, Heatmakerz, Hesami, The Lasso, and Big K.R.I.T..

Girl Wilde Channels 90s Nostalgia In New Single “WeT”

Today, Los Angeles-based pop rocker Girl Wilde is revealing her new single “WeT.” Armed with an arsenal of high-energy anthems, Girl Wilde is also announcing her debut EP, slated for release early Fall. The EP will include “WeT,” her past heavy-hitting singles, “Probably Crying” and “I Don’t Wanna Die,” and two brand new tracks.

Girl Wilde has a sonic physicality that is completely unrestricted by genres, expectations, and trends. With vocal chops that could rival Gwen Stefani, Girl Wilde taps into 90’s alt-rock nostalgia while still maintaining her penchant for shimmery pop melodies.


“‘[Gallant’s] ‘Sleep on It’ finds nourishment in the great R&B ballads of the late 1990s and early 2000s: a sprinkle of Jagged Edge’s ‘True Man,’ a pinch of Avant’s ‘Separated,’ essence of Marques Houston’s ‘Grass Is Greener.'” – Rolling Stone

Hot Breath – ‘Still Not Dead’

With a pounding heart for that raw 60´s Detroit energy and the dirty streets of late 70’s London, HOT BREATH is rushing with adrenaline and pure teenage lust. This hard beating four-piece from Gothenburg (Sweden) will run face-first through your bedroom door.


“Easy Love”was written by Leon, along with his longtime collaborator JT Bangs, and while the song may give off a cheery vibe, it’s a deceptively dark pop anthem. The new song discusses a time when Else used sex as a way to escape a dark period in his life, ensuing a vicious cycle that ultimately left a feeling of emptiness. Leon, an advocate of the mental health community, recently started his blog “I’m Not Crazy I Don’t Think” in an effort to start a conversation and join the fight to destigmatize mental health. He seeks to educate people through his blog, which also includes personal stories from guest writers (artists, psychologists, etc.).

MICRA Share New Single ‘Fuzz Captain’, Listen Now

Micra, the combined project of Bulgarian born and raised singer-guitarist Ivana Kafedjiyska and Australian guitarist-producer, Robbie Cain, have today shared their new single and accompanying video; ‘Fuzz Captain’, following a premiere on Clash yesterday. Described as “gorgeous noise pop that isn’t afraid to bleed into the red”, the single is out now and is their first release since signing to Liberation Records (Julia Jacklin, Mansionair, Vance Joy).


After the band recently marked their comeback with the blistering ‘Telepathetic’ and a sold out show at London sweatbox Electrowerkz, Norway’s Sløtface today share another new single entitled ‘Stuff’.

Of the track, the vocalist Haley Shea offers “‘Stuff’ is my attempt at an honest breakup song. It’s just about all the stuff that’s left over after a relationship, especially if you live with someone, that you might have memories associated with that suddenly become painful, and how that slowly fades until the pain is gone and the stuff is just stuff again. It’s also about how great those fresh starts can be, and how you find a way back to yourself, when it’s just yourself.”

British-Chinese artist Lui Peng releases his new single “Disappointed”

Lui Peng about his new song: “I remember I was feeling pretty down from a girl who had broken it off with me. For me it was one of the more intense connections I’ve felt towards someone and it brings me discomfort to think she probably never felt the same. Music has always been a form of release for me. I wanted to portray my vulnerability juxtaposed with a little attitude and thought the best way was to write a song in denial, pretending I was only disappointed. The truth is I was definitely hurt.”

New Music: She Drew The Gun announce brand new single ‘Trouble Every Day’

Fresh from a series of triumphant festival appearances this summer, including performances at Glastonbury, Latitude, Bluedot and Deer Shed, She Drew The Gun announce brand new single ‘Trouble Every Day’ released today through Skeleton Key Records. A reinterpretation of Frank Zappa’s original, She Drew The Gun frontwoman Louisa Roach has updated the lyrics to reflect our troubled times.

ROOKIES links up with British pop group New Hope Club on new single ‘Paycheck’

Producer Jon Maguire, better known as ROOKIES, has collaborated with British pop act New Hope Club on the infectious new single ‘Paycheck’, out 30th August via Disco:Wax & Virgin EMI.


Norwegian 8-piece, Fieh return with their new track, ‘Samurai / When The Summer Is Through’, which is an ode inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill that doubles as that perfect accompaniment to the end of the warmer sun this year. The song is the latest to be lifted from their forthcoming debut album Cold Water Burning Skin out September 27th via Decca Records.


Australian artist Tones and I is enjoying a breakthrough moment with her current single ‘Dance Monkey’, which is the fastest rising song on the UK’s Official Singles Chart and this week breaks the UK Top 40. Growing at a rate of 20 million streams a week, the track has peaked at #1 on Spotify’s Overall Chart in seven countries, hit #1 on the Spotify Viral Chart in 33 countries and is currently #15 on the Global Top 200.


Voyager’ draws on Epworth’s love of house and cosmic disco, influenced by and channelled through a heavy filter of 70s sci fi.

During the recording of ‘Voyager’ at his London based studio ‘The Church’, Epworth immersed himself in a stream of sci fi cinema classics of a loop – harking back to a childhood fascination with the far reaches of human exploration and endeavour.

NEW TRACK – RuthAnne Shares ‘Unrequited’ (MistaJam Remix), Out Today.

RuthAnne’s sultry, raw vocal takes centre-stage as BBC 1Xtra’s MistaJam reworks the track into a catchy upbeat, club anthem. Premiered with Complex UK, they say “RuthAnne’s output sits somewhere between R&B and pop, pushing her knack for melodies and infectious hooks right to the fore. But MistaJam’s version fires it straight into club territory with a punchy 4×4 beat behind it and a deep, funk-filled groove that veers almost into the realm of disco.”

Boris Brejcha unveils immersive new EP ‘Butterflies’

His third release of the summer, the three-track record sees Brejcha’s sonic explorations into the realm of ‘High-Tech Minimal’ reach new heights. EP opener ‘Redemption’ pairs a chunky, driving bassline with a similarly assertive breakdown. ‘Sternengleiter’ follows and offers the record’s most emotive and hypnotic moments, with title track ‘Butterflies’ closing out the EP which sees him sculpt eight minutes of delicate, fluttering techno. “As a butterfly you feel free. You can be carried by the wind,” Brejcha enthuses. “The title was created in my winter break, free from all obligations.”

Ferris & Sylvester release brand new single ‘I Dare You’

Ferris & Sylvester have released their brand new single ‘I Dare You’ via LAB Records. The song has launched with great streaming support this morning and features in high profile playlists including Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’, Apple Music ‘Best Of The Week’ and Deezer’s ‘Brand New UK’.