#weekend edition – @skopemag news for september 7, 2019 @ 11:30 am est

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“HPNGC” – new Injury Reserve ft. JPEGMAFIA and Code Orange

Injury Reserve spent two years crafting their debut LP Injury Reserve that released earlier this year and today wanted to get back to dropping new music; a loosie with more to follow. So they recruited friends JPEGMAFIA and hardcore punk outfit Code Orange for one of the wildest collaborations of the year in “HPNGC”. Check it below and see them live on tour kicking of September 16th in Austin (full dates below).

LilGotIt Surprise-Drops ‘The Real GOAT’

“Lil Gotit is the heir to Atlanta’s rap throne” – The FADER

“Fresh off the release of his latest project, Crazy But It’s True, in March, ‘Lil Ralph’ is another step toward Lil Gotit having the sort of 2019 come-up that Lil Baby and Gunna had last year.” – Complex

“Like a fairy tale set in Atlanta’s Lenox Mall” – Pitchfork

Skyzoo x Pete Rock x Benny x Conway x Westside Gunn x Elzhi (New Free Single)

Skyzoo and Pete Rock have a wake up call for the city. Their new album is a twelve track masterpiece from the two of NYC’s most respected artists. Welcome to the rebirth of the city.

September 20th on Mello Music Group: Retropolitan

The Roamies – “We Can Work It Out” Music Video Out Now

Sometimes life gives us lemons. And, unfortunately, sometimes it throws those lemons at us really hard, one after another, no rest in between, no warning the next one is coming. Our instinct is to run…hide…protect ourselves. Forget about making lemonade! And what about those we love, those sharing life with us? They’re right there beside us dodging lemons too. That’s where Love steps up. Love’s instinct is to love them as we love ourselves. Even to put them above ourselves. If we’re all living to love each other as we love ourselves, to put each other first, those difficulties life throws at us become opportunities to work together, to build our relationships, to make them stronger…together. When the harsh difficulties of life fall on us, and nasty disagreements spring up between us, together, with Love and commitment to each other, We Can Work It Out. – The ROAMies

Rob Mayes Premieres New Track, “We’ll See” from Forthcoming Debut Album, Closer, Set for Release on Sept. 20

Actor-singer-songwriter, Rob Mayes is set to release his new track, “We’ll See” on Sept. 6. A first-listen is now available on The Boot (see here @skopemag). “We’ll See” was inspired by a Chinese fable that resonated with Mayes. Mayes sings, “Sometimes good and bad luck look a lot like each other.” The lyrics are reassurance that negative experiences may actually be positive experiences in the long run and that many lessons and hardships are a blessing in disguise. Mayes explains, “This song is about hope and faith and I think that there must have been some sort of spirit running through me, through the three of us, that allowed us to simply bring the song to life.”

Jake Miller Releases Heartfelt Single “15 MINUTES” :: U.S. Tour Kicks Off 9/19

On his latest summer single “15 MINUTES”, critically-acclaimed singer, songwriter, and producer Jake Miller questions how he’ll move on from the loss of an ex who happens to live only “15 minutes away from me.” Backed by a pulsing beat and sweeping piano accompaniment, the record is produced and co-written by Miller alongside Grammy Award-winning DJ Swivel (Beyoncé, Rihanna, The Chainsmokers), Candace Sosa (BTS), Dan Burke (James Maslow), and William Ventres. “15 MINUTES” follows previously released singles “LAST TEXT,” “NERVOUS and “OCEAN AWAY” and marks the fourth of five new songs to be released this summer prior to hitting the road with Hoodie Allen later this month.

PERDIZIONE + HAXEN Split Streaming At Captured Howls

PERDIZIONE and HAXEN have united to unleash a six-track split of relentless blackened filth. The venomous offering is currently streaming via Captured Howls on the eve of its official release via Eternal Death.

Dive Exclusively Here Into Perdizione & Haxen’s New Split’s Black Metal Devastation


The visual for “Awa Ni” plunges us into a day in the life of children seeking fun on a budget, escaping their township and heading for the beachside. The chaotic rumble is told from the perspective of the kids as they take us from the playgrounds to the open ocean, ultimately laying claim to the surf.

HERMITUDE Release Official Music Video For “OneFourThree (feat. Buddy & BJ The Chicago Kid); Full Album Details Shared   

The multi-instrumentalists and producer duo Hermitude share the full details of their upcoming album Pollyanarchy (out September 27 via Nettwerk Records/Elefant Traks).

“Hermitude’s production on “OneFourThree” perfectly blends BJ’s smooth vocals with Buddy’s witty bars.” – Hypebeast

“Judging by the video, the song was fun to record” – HipHopDX


The dreamy electronic track with 1960s-style harmonies features vocals from Grammy-nominated American artist Mayer Hawthorne and is taken from SebastiAn’s first album in eight years, following 2011 debut, Total. Previous tracks released from the new album include “Thirst”, “Run for Me” featuring acclaimed R&B singer Gallant, and “Beograd”.

Lil Durk Takes Us Inside His Top 5 Album Love Songs 4 The Streets 2 with His New Mini-Doc

“Vocally, Lil Durk is the current scene’s melodic forebear.” – Pitchfork

“Lil Durk continues to be one of the most consistent rappers out.” – The FADER

“The rose that blossomed from the concrete of Chi-Town’s drill music scene” – Billboard

Foals Debut New Track ‘The Runner,’ First Official Single from “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2”

Today, Foals debut “The Runner,” the second song off their forthcoming album, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2, which will be released on Warner Records on October 18th. Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 has been shortlisted for this month’s Mercury Prize, and both “The Runner” and the previously released song, “Black Bull”, encapsulate Part 2’s stylistic evolution. The song is set in the aftermath of the landscape described in the final songs of Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1, a world that reflects our current emotional, political, and environmental predicament. Said lead singer Yannis Philippakis about the song: “It’s a call to find a sense of purpose & perseverance despite the odds & despite the troubles we may find inside or outside ourselves.” Listen to “The Runner” here.


International superstar Akon will release three projects in October and another one later this year. Each album will be released under a different leg of his label group, respective of its genre. El Negreeto, a complete Latin project is due out October 4 and will be released under the Ke Lo Ke label. Akonda, self-titled after his Afrobeats label drops October 18 and Konnect, which reflects classic Akon hits will be released on October 25. To top it off, Akon will bless fans with a collaboration project, The Konnection which hits digital platforms this December. Each of these projects mirror Akon’s versality and true entrepreneurship spirit as he gears up for a global music takeover!

Jaywood – ‘Mooncats’

JayWood is Jeremy Haywood-Smith from Winnipeg, MB. What started as bedroom “sad jangle pop songs” started to change as time went on (both style and direction wise) into a more “psych funk” sound. His new single “Moon Cats” showcases an electronic groove with funk, psych-rock and pop inspiration.


In the nearly ten years since Danny Brown’s magnum opus XXX was released, he has permeated both underground and mainstream music culture with an authentic and ever-evolving persona and a sound wholly his own, transcending genres and any parameters the world around him might impose. He set the blueprint for many of today’s critical darlings and opened doors for so many following his personally audacious start. Today, Brown announces his long-awaited return with his fifth studio album uknowhatimsayin¿, slated for release on October 4th via WARP. The news coincides with the release of the album’s first single and video “Dirty Laundry”, directed by Simon Cahn. Brown’s lyrics balance earnest storytelling with laugh-out-loud one-liners, especially apparent on “Dirty Laundry”; Danny’s ode to standup comedy, an art-form he’s long respected. Danny goes on to explain “This is my version of a stand-up comedy album. Most of my close friends now aren’t rappers — they’re comedians and actors. So I wanted to create something that mixed humor with music. Something that was funny but not parody.”

High Clouds premiere Moon Panda’s “dreamy, trippy” video for “On The Attack”

While “Attack” details the trials and tribulations of a long-term relationship, the Charlotte Spies-animated video is a technicolor contrast featuring shapeshifting animals. While that might seem visually disconnected from the song, singer/bassist Maddy Myers and Danish guitarist Gustav Moltke contend it couldn’t be more relevant to the subject.

Casanova Recruits Chris Brown and Cool & Dre for “Coming Home”

“Unlike most current New Yorker rappers, Casanova opts to body tracks akin to the days of G-Unit or Dipset, brandishing rapid-fire flows and throaty growls full of malice that are equally as menacing as his 6’4″ frame.” – HipHopDX

“Thanks to Casanova’s strapping voice, charismatic personality, and unyielding confidence, “Don’t Run” set New York’s music scene ablaze…With an already convincing résumé, Casanova isn’t slowing down anytime soon.” – Billboard

Zush pours triples and trashes the bar on new tune ‘Knock It Back’

London rapper and former Locksmiths member Zush pours triples and trashes the bar on new tune ‘Knock It Back’. The flow is straight out of London and the taste is a vodka-soaked track where Zush’s smooth flow is served over an ice-cold beat which goes deep on the kicks.

Crossed Keys (ex Kid Dynamite/Good Riddance) Premiere “Times of Grace”

Sometimes you need a healthy dose of melodic punk to push you through the rest of the work week. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Philadelphia’s own Crossed Keys. Featuring former members of Kid Dynamite, Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer, and The Curse, Crossed Keys channel the sound and energy of the VFW shows that served as the foundation for the tri-state area underground scene throughout the 90’s and early aughts. In May of 2019, the band recorded seven tracks with Mike Bardzik (Joyce Manor, Spraynard, Kill Your Idols) at Noisy Little Critter. “Times of Grace” is a fiery track that plays like a love letter to the ethos of embracing D.I.Y. culture. You can stream the song and read a brief interview, with vocalist Joshua Alvarez, at New Noise Magazine. Saviors will be released on October 4th via Hellminded Records. You can pre-order a copy of the release on tape or vinyl starting today.

Track Premiere: Crossed Keys – ‘Times of Grace’

SLEEPING ANCIENT: Decibel Streams There Is No Truth But Death From Houston-Based Atmospheric Post-Black Metal Collective; Debut To See Release Tomorrow

“SLEEPING ANCIENT aren’t here to mince words. On their debut album, the quartet profess that There Is No Truth But Death in an atmospheric, post-rock influenced black metal statement. A sense of dread exists within the songs, each track painting a dreary, emotional landscape.” — Decibel

Full Album Stream: Sleeping Ancient – “There is No Truth But Death”