#laborday edition – @skopemag news for september 2, 2019 @ 12:30 am est

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William DuVall (Alice In Chains) announces solo dates / celebrates radio success

William DuVall’s first solo album, One Alone, is a smoldering, all-acoustic affair. In contrast to the multi-layered sonic assault comprising most of his discography, One Alone is as sparse and intimate as it gets – part late-night confessional, part living room concert. As William describes it, “I felt the need to peel everything back. This album is strictly one voice, one guitar. It reveals the very core of who I am as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter.” The album’s first single, ‘Til The Light Guides Me Home, is a song of redemption in the wake of tragedy.

Ian Munro Reworks Crywolf’s “Mephistopheles” Into A Dark, Glitchy Fantasy

“Mephistopheles,” one of the more somber tunes from Crywolf’s widow [OBLIVIØN pt. 1] album, sees an irresistibly dark recreation from New Zealand-based producer Ian Munro. Munro’s recreation is the eighth installment in Crywolf’s OBLIVIØN [Reimagined] series, a weekly string of remixes that has showcased some of electronic music’s top up-and-coming talent.

Marco Benevento Drops an “End of Summer Anthem” with Thanks to Richard Swift

Today, Marco Benevento releases “Send It On A Rocket,” his self-proclaimed “end of summer anthem” and third single ahead of new album Let It Slide (out September 20th on Royal Potato Family). In between references to reefer and Topo Chico, deep pockets of bass and spaced-out synths, the cascading composition reveals that behind the bandleader who covers his piano strings in gaffers tape and enjoys walking his pet goats and peacocks through the Catskill woods, there are patches of sorrow he’s now ready to contemplate more seriously than ever.

Ian Munro Reworks Crywolf’s “Mephistopheles” Into A Dark, Glitchy Fantasy

Ian Munro’s reimagination to “Mephistopheles” sees a cascading enhancement of raw emotions, capitalizing on Crywolf’s melancholy vocals. When choosing which song to remix, Munro explains that “choosing only one track to work with was next to impossible.” After listening to the album on repeat for a few days, he felt that he most connected with “Mephistopheles” and it “pulled him in.”

Stefflon Don & Shoreline Mafia’s Fenix Flexin Join AITCH For “Taste (Make It Shake)”

There couldn’t be a more favorable moment to be a Manchester based MC, the 0161 has been endlessly churning out rap talents in recent years but few quite like Aitch. Hailing from New Moston, an area in North Manchester, Aitch’s artistry derives from the sheer proximity to the UK’s epicenter and breeding ground for all forms of underground bass music– whether it’s rap, grime, dubstep or drum & bass.

Lindsey Stirling shares magical music video for “Artemis”

Today, August 30th, platinum-selling recording artist Lindsey Stirling returns with a new music video for the title track on her forthcoming album, Artemis (Sept 6th).

The song features epic violin scales, progressive pulsating synthesizers and magical cinematic melodies orientated alongside tightly mixed percussive rhythms and immaculate studio production.

93PUNX (Vic Mensa) release Vevo official live performance videos

Vevo announces the release of 93PUNX’s performances of “Camp America” and “3 Years Sober” from their upcoming debut album. With the formation of 93PUNX, Chicago rapper Vic Mensa took a sharp left turn toward raucous rock music. “Camp America” addresses the internment camps set up for immigrants along the U.S. border, while the raging “3 Years Sober” introduces the band with blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker.

Hugo Alley shares second single “Georgia” today!

Originating from Kitchener Ontario, Hugo Alley is a high energy indie rock band that has quickly built a reputation for their hard hitting, dynamic live shows and distinctive groove. They are currently in-studio recording a second EP, “Point, Place.” Set to release late this year, the album is a step forward and reflects their growth as songwriters.

ESS SEE’s Capitvating Debut Album ‘Waiting For The Sky To Fall’ – Out Now!

Reaching out about ESS SEE and her first full-length debut, Waiting For The Sky To Fall, out now on all platforms. Written during times of transformation and restlessness for ESS SEE (aka Sarah Cobb), the album is a study on the universally-recognized struggle to find one’s place in the world and the longing and excitement that comes along with it. As Cobb states, “I’ve never been a particularly patient person, and the majority of these songs came about in intense seasons of restlessness, frustration, and anticipation… The anxiety of the unknown. How to find my place in the world as a woman.”


‘It’s a really beautiful song and the idea actually came about because A. G. sent me this demo of him singing just a melody, no lyrics, but it was so beautiful, and I sat with it for ages and just played it over and over again. I really like it when A. G. sings, it’s always really inspiring to me so I wrote these lyrics, it’s about unrequited love or more just like when you are in it with someone and they are a player and you aren’t in that zone and you just can’t get on the same page. Danielle, Este and Alana came over to our studio house and they wrote their part, we were in LA when we did that and I’m just very happy we got to collaborate.’ – Charli

“Ransom” Hitmaker and 2019 Breakout Star Lil Tecca Shares Debut Album ‘We Love You Tecca’

Rocketing to fame as the breakout star of Summer 2019, Lil Tecca celebrated a Top 5 Billboard placement during the same week as his 17th birthday. Continuing the week of a lifetime for the Queens-born artist, Lil Tecca shares We Love You Tecca, his debut album. Packed with breezy, melodic rap jams, We Love You Tecca relies on Tecca’s easygoing charisma and knack for hooks, as he flashes his unique style over beats by Nick Mira, Pi’erre Bourne, CashMoney AP, YoungKio, and others.

Dan Moxon: “Playing With Fire” (Watch/Listen)

Vancouver based singer-songwriter/pianist Dan Moxon is best known for fronting the band Bend Sinister, having toured and performed around the world for the last 15 years and released nine albums with the band. Last year, Dandecided to go into the studio to record his debut solo album, Lounge Singer (out 10/4) with help from lots of friends and local musicians.

Art Folk/Avant Pop Group Very Good releases “Adulthood” Single, LP Due Oct 11

Hi all, just following up with the next single from this singular and beautiful album, which I still can’t stop listening to. “Adulthood” starts off with some dissonant, rumbling, Mingus-y piano chords before coalescing into some loose, Band-style country funk, with the vocal call and response supplied by a recorder, fantastic guitar leads by Adam Brisbin (Sam Evian, Buck Meek), and finally culminates in a full band freakout with a great sax solo by Ned Goold. Like most of the record, it’s extremely difficult to describe and sounds like basically nothing else.

APOTHEUS: Decibel debuts video “Caves of Steel” by the Portuguese prog infused melodeath act; new album & supporting tour dates on the horizon

Prog/melodic death metal group APOTHEUS are finally all set to release their sophomore album The Far Star. The Portuguese quartet took a completely different approach with their first ever conceptual album, blending melodies with the story and emotion. Out October 31st via Black Lion Records, each track of this opus narrates a different chapter of an epic saga.

Video Premiere: Apotheus – ‘Caves of Steel’

King’s X European Tour Cancelled Due to Family Emergency

It is with deepest apologies, that KING’S X must announce that the band will be cancelling their upcoming European Tour, including their appearance at the Veruno Prog Rock Festival in Italy, due to a family emergency.

Says KING’S X, “We are truly heartbroken that we will not be able to see all of our European fans, as we have been clamoring for these dates since we announced them. We would like to let the fans and all those concerned that the band is okay. Please respect the band’s privacy and please give us some time. We are doing everything in our power to reschedule the tour for 2020.”

Tom Goss released his new single, “La Bufadora”

Pop/AC songwriter, Tom Goss is back with his latest single, “La Bufadora.” The single, recorded in both English and Spanish, depicts the emotional patterns within Goss’ marriage. The song was written after a trip to Mexico where he and his husband spent a lot of the trip fighting, crying, breaking and healing. “La Bufadora” is out this Friday, Aug 30th.

Rising female Canadian rapper NAYA ALI – ‘Get It Right’

Signed to Coyote Records/Universal Music, Naya Ali comes on the back of recent support from Clash Magazine, Complex, Highsnobiety, VICE, Spotify, Apple Music, and Hype Machine, among others, with over half a million streams online. Her 2018 track ‘Ready To Go’ has over 15 million views on YouTube as part of Parks Canada’s 2019 campaign.

International Shoegaze Collective Mercvrial Cover The Chills “Pink Frost”

“‘Pink Frost’ is the song on the EP that is most unlike the others as it’s vaguely… electronica (of all things). To us, it sounds like a collaboration between Depeche Mode and Sad Lovers & Giants, which was pretty much an accident. We wanted to cover the song but didn’t want to do a straight rendition of it. And as our reinterpretation wandered into electronica territory… we didn’t try to stop it.”
– David, mercvrial

Under the Influence with Mercvrial


benny blanco unveils “graduation” with juice WRLD

Grammy-winning, multi-Platinum producer and artist benny blanco today unveils “Graduation” with Juice WRLD alongside a video starring blanco and Juice WRLD plus Hailee Steinfeld, Justice Smith, Olivia Munn, Dove Cameron, Ross Butler, Noah Cyrus, Tommy Dorfman, Tony Revolori, Lil Dicky, Maddie Ziegler and more.

Yung Lan Drops Off A New Single and Visual “Never Switched

With every record he touches taking off on the charts, multi platinum producer and artist YUNG LAN has quickly proved that he has the midas touch when it comes to making a hit record.

Earlier this year he released a single along with official video for his track FAKE LOVE. Now, he returns with another new single and visual for his latest release, “Never Switched.”

Riot Ten Teams Up With SAYMYNAME for “Glocks”; Announces Debut Album “Hype Or Die: Nightmares”

Two dons of dubstep and hard trap (respectively), Riot Ten and SAYMYNAME team up on “Glocks,” a hyper-charged single featuring Milano the Don. Showing no mercy on the track, these two festival regulars produce stadium-booming drops and hype energy, uniting rail-breakers around the world.

Swiss metallers Chaoseum unveiled new song “Don’t Waste Your Time” (Live)

A few weeks after unveiling the single “First Step To Hell”, Swiss Metalcore / Power-Crossover / Nu-Metal band Chaoseum just premiered another song with “Don’t Waste Your Time” available right now on all digital services (iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon…)

Brazilian-born, NYC-based Down-Tempo, Electro-Pop Artist, Carvi, Announces New Single Remix

“arvi worked in collaboration of artist/producer I AM SNOW ANGEL for “Vibe (Remix).” This version takes us to the world of house music but without leaving electronic pop, showing a strong melody, which removes the softness of the original version to enliven the moment with a little effusivity.” (Good Night Magazine)

Brazilian artist Carvi premieres a remix to Vibe


“Hair Down” featuring TDE labelmate Kendrick Lamar kicked off the excitement for Chasing Summer. Complex stated, “Over a sun-drenched beat, SiR’s sultry vocals, along with Kendrick’s rapid-fire verse, makes ‘Hair Down’ great L.A. driving music.” With over 15 million streams since its August 6 release, “Hair Down” is undoubtedly great driving music nationwide. The accompanying video has garnered over 4 million views to date.

LISTEN NOW to Rich Cloke’s “You’re The One”

For you consideration, you can now stream the band new single, “You’re The One” from Burlington, Ontario’s Rich Cloke. Rich will be playing throughout Ontario this fall. All dates to be announced soon!

Track Premiere: James V – Lavender (Marriage Records, Gnar Tapes)

James V premieres new single “Lavender” via LA Record, out today worldwide, described as a “warm, weightless, dreamy ballad” with blankets of fuzz and drippy synth.

Lavender was recorded/produced by James V and mixed with Sean Cook (French Vanilla, Sharon Van Etton, St. Vincent) and Sean Guerin (De Lux, Innovative Leisure).

Joe The Bluesman Turns U2’s “One” Into The Blues

Joe The Bluesman lives out his convictions and lays out his soul in his music. You can hear in the way he sings and you can feel it in the way he plays the guitar. The new king of blues, Joe is on a mission to bring blues back to the forefront of the music scene. “I feel that a lot of the quality has left the music these days,” Joe The Bluesman says. “I want to make great quality music that moves people, and that will be the driving force behind the music’s success.”


[A- review] “Celebrating ten years of existence, this funky instrumental outfit are tight in the manner of such neo old-school funk and soul acts as Budos Band and of course the Dap Kings. That is, they are totally in sync without turning the proceedings into a blatant display of showing-off. They can go up-tempo in a manner fit for parties in clubs or fields (they’ve played Bonnaroo and can imagine they went down a storm), but they are just as inclined toward nifty arrangements.” – THE VINYL DISTRICT

Stone Jack Jones Shares “O Brother” Single, New LP ‘Black Snake” Out 9/13 Via yk Records

Today, Nashville-based veteran alt folk artist Stone Jack Jones shares his new single “O Brother,” the second feature track off his forthcoming LP Black Snake. Northern Transmissions premiered the track with praise, stating, “Jones’s signature vocal timbre lies on top of the building instrumentation – the result is eerie and lush, while still having that solid skeletal beat to keep you reeling. This will be on repeat into the Fall as the weather gets cooler and darker.” Black Snake LP is out 9/13 via yk Records. Stone Jack Jones will be playing a hometown album release show at Drkmttr on 9/14.

Stone Jack Jones Debuts New “O Brother”

Blaatina & NLE Choppa Offer a Stern Warning with “Watch Out”

Specializing in fiery, yet subdued trap bangers, Blaatina is quickly rising in the ATL scene. Teaming up with one of the South’s hottest young stars for a new track, Blaatina shares “Watch Out,” her new single. Swapping bars with NLE Choppa atop creeping piano and lightly swinging hi-hats, Blaatina offers a polite reminder that she’s never outnumbered or outgunned: “If you thinkin’ bout walkin’ in cause you see one, it’s gon’ be fo’ (4)/Please don’t come here actin’ tough because it’s fo’ and plus some mo’/If you reach inside yo pockets, we gon’ empty out the po’/You just…need to…need to watch out.”