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

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DAN Defies Stereotypes and Disability As He Puts North England On The Hip Hop Radar

From Hull he came…but this is no ordinary musician. A hip-hop obsessive, DAN has never let his unlikely base hold him back – nor his background. Finding himself drawn to all elements of black culture from an early age, particularly the vibrancy and unapologetically authentic nature of the music, fashion and values, he surrounded himself with people from all backgrounds – religion, culture, class and lifestyle completely irrelevant. His partnership with producer, mixer and engineer Michael Bowdler AKA DubzCo AKA Trix, has led to his forthcoming single, Hendrix, also featuring acoustic guitarist, Jay Thomas and Bermudian rapper, Velly (also signed to DAN’s label, CODE). His focused vision for his music is all the more remarkable given his struggles with mental health, family tragedy and his own physical disability. DAN has a unique story and a unique style – hold on tight.

Las Aves French-exits beauty standards on pop bop ‘Worth It’

Las Aves French-exits (definition: leaving a party without saying goodbye) beauty standards on happy-hardcore-spattered pop bop ‘Worth It’. The single reps the second album succinctly; abrasive pop wielding a story of love, no matter how diluted the sincerity.

The track is released with sophomore LP ‘I’ll Never Give Up On Love Until I Can Put A Name On It’, which is part-produced by notable Brit, Geoff Swan (Charli XCX – ‘Pop 2’, ‘Number 1 Angel’; Grimes – ‘Art Angels’).


Fresh from the reveal of ‘Never Gonna Get Away’ last month to a fantastic reception, NYC based duo REFS today announce upcoming EP, ‘NOW’, set for release on September 12th. Alongside this news comes new single ‘Little Late’, a dreamy electronic pop track showcasing the stellar vocals of Chance The Rapper vocalist Rich Saunders and producer Zach Lipkins.

Laid Blak drop amazing remix package for their monster track ‘It’s A Pity’ ft Tanya Lacey

Having originally found its way onto You Tube with a DIY video, Laid Blak’s ‘It’s A Pity’ ft Tanya Lacey has now received 4.5 million views. This was followed with success on two Spotify playlists meaning half a million streams in the last 12 months. These exceptional figures meant the single finally got its official release via Sugar Shack Records in July. This is now being followed by an ‘It’s A Pity’ remix EP.

Mae Muller x Ms Banks x Caitlyn Scarlett release ‘Drama’

‘Drama’showcases the three London artists join forces to narrate their personal experiences of refusing to entertain any drama that comes their way. Produced by MOBO award winner Victizzle, ‘Drama’ is a powerful track born out of three incredible female musicians who are all advocates for empowering women. Kicking things off Ms Banks injects her smooth yet confident sound partnered with Caitlyn Scarlett’s dreamy R’n’B tones and finished elegantly with Mae Muller’s distinct velvety vocals.

Skream releases new single ‘Song For Olivia’ on Ministry Of Sound

Influential British DJ and producer Skream has unveiled new single ‘Song For Olivia’, out 30th August via Ministry of Sound/Of Unsound Mind.

Harnessing a retro 80s synth feel, ‘Song For Olivia’ takes the melodic techno sound that the Croydon-born artist has come to be associated with into new territories. Dedicating the track to his newborn daughter, the single combines elements of carefree disco and emotive trance to masterful effect.

Aubrie Sellers Releases “My Love Will Not Change” Featuring Steve Earle

Critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Aubrie Sellers shares her rock-infused new single “My Love Will Not Change,” featuring legendary musician Steve Earle, as the second track from her highly-anticipated sophomore album Far From Home, available February 7th via Soundly Music. The cover, written by Shawn Camp and Billy Burnett and originally recorded by Del McCoury Band, is transformed by Aubrie and Steve into a gritty, high octane statement of unwavering commitment. “I love bluegrass, and I thought it would be fun to bring a song with unmistakable mountain soul like this into my world a little bit,” Aubrie reveals. “It’s the only song I didn’t write, but it’s something I wish I’d written. I live for straightforward, emotionally driven writing like this. When I envisioned the sound for the track, I knew there was no one else who could do it like Steve. He has always been one of my favorite artists, and getting to sing with him is not only a major highlight, it’s just plain badass.”


22-year-old Danish singer-songwriter Nicklas Sahl has always made music his number one priority. Its magnetic pull first started at the age of just 4 when he stole his sister’s plastic toy guitar, and now his passion is paying off barely eighteen months into his career. His debut EP ‘Planets’ has exceeded 28 million streams at Spotify alone, driven largely by his domestic following. His first single ‘Hero’ was named Single of the Week on Danish national radio, while appearances on The X Factor and breakfast TV only added to his growing profile.

Just Charlii unveils silky new single ‘Take Note’

London-based singer-songwriter Just Charlii has launched smooth new single ‘Take Note’, out on Friday 30th August.

The silky R&B track is underpinned by Just Charlii’s seamless, confident vocals, with lyrics alluding to her development as both an artist and a human being. Now a proud member of the LGBT community, she channels this newfound confidence and self-worth into her musical output.

Ferry Corsten and Johnny B team up for summer anthem ‘Hear It Now’

Ferry Corsten has been in fine form in 2019 on the release front, and that hot streak continues with his latest outing, ‘Hear It Now’, alongside fresh talent Johnny B. Never afraid to put his faith in the newer generation of artists’, Ferry follows up recent collaboration with Kristian Nairn, best known for his role as Hodor in Game of Thrones, and trance legend BT, with his latest team-up, drafting in burgeoning artist Johnny B for a summer anthem that brings out Ferry’s mellower side, displaying his ability to switch it up and evoke different emotions through music, resulting in a warm, progressive sound which will have fans reminiscing about Ibizan sunset and sizzling beaches.

MEET ‘GLORIA’ – other-wordly RnB + electronica on debut single ‘SECOND CHANCES’

Brave and bold are two words that you could use to describe GLORIA. Crafting an other-worldly, avant-garde blend of electronica, RnB and pop, her creations defy traditional boundaries and cross in to the other realm. This outsider is ready to present her first full body of art; ‘TESTIFY;’ an open letter from the artist baring all. TESTIFY is released on September 25th through GAIKA’s ‘THE SPECTACULAR EMPIRE’ label; a testimony of dystopian glory telling a story of new beginnings, shedding skin and empowerment.

Murkage Dave reveals ‘Keep Up The Bad Work’ video alongside track remix feat. Lansky Jones

A year on from the release of his acclaimed debut album Murkage Dave Changed My Life, East London artist Murkage Dave today reveals a remix of album track ‘Keep Up The Bad Work’ which features Lansky Jones. The track is one of 6 extra tracks that will be featured on his forthcoming Special Edition release of the LP.

Mpulse Is BACK with BARS In His “Manifest” Video!

“Manifest” serves as a teaser. Not only is this new video a way for Mpulse to ease his way back into releasing more content, but Mpulse actually has a full-length album coming sooner-than-later.


She also just embarked on the three-day “Every Girl Road Trip.” Tracing the journey she made to Nashville in order to follow her dreams, it begins with a record release celebration in her hometown of Monticello, GA today, makes stops at multiple spots throughout Georgia and Tennessee, and culminates on Sunday September 1 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN—where she once worked as a tour guide.

Scarlet Aura premiers new video “HIGH IN THE SKY and releases the single!

Together with the new single “High In The Sky” that includes 3 songs: “High in The Sky”, “Tomboy” and “Un Nou Inceput”, Romanian Heavy Metalband Scarlet Aura drops today the new video for the title song!

In an unusual move from the band, this time Scarlet Aura instead of providing the statement about the video, is inviting everyone to share their statement: “We are inviting our Scarlet friends to write to us, on our social media, our YouTube page what this song means and represent to each one of you. Tell us what you think and stay Scarlet!”.

Dallas Moore releases his new single “Everything But You”

Today, Texas outlaw country singer-songwriter Dallas Moore releases his new single “Everything But You” along with an accompanying music video. “Everything But You” is the second single from Moore’s upcoming album Tryin’ To Be A Blessing, out on October 4 via Sol Records.


“… pure vintage blues gold. GA-20 are poised to be the biggest thing to hit the blues scene in a generation.” – Marc Michael, THE PULSE

GA-20 was formed by friends Pat Faherty and Matthew Stubbs in Boston, MA in 2018. The project was born out of their mutual love of heavy traditional Blues, R&B, and Rock & Roll of the late ’50s and early ’60s. Faherty and Stubbs bonded over legendary artists like Lazy Lester, J.B. Lenoir, Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Junior Wells.


“What it’s about…
Got tired of my cream puff amnesia. That accidental fib of wanna-be tunnel vision. I wanted to believe in airtight love. I didn’t admit to a multiverse mind and a too-wet heart. But I never cheated, for tho I was not pure of heart I was loyal to my own suppression…which turned resentment…which turned distance…which distance comes long before the end. The spirit leaves, the eyes walk, yet the body remains…locked in the protocols of inertia’s comforts. Our bodies still warm, Miles Away.
Perhaps some honesty might relieve us of this distance…that’s the idea, anyway.”
– Alex Ebert