#weekend edition – @skopemag news for september 8, 2019 @ 5:30 pm est

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Joviale releases debut EP ‘Crisis’ & final track ‘Struggle Cuddle’ / Re-arranges London EP Launch

Joviale releases the Bullion produced debut EP, ‘Crisis’, via Blue Flowers today. alongside a final track ‘Struggle Cuddle’.

Her EP headline show has also been re-arranged to Folklore, in Bethnal Green, London on the 12th December, with support from Laura Groves and Fauci.

Benjamin Gordon releases hypnotic new single ‘Walls Fall Down’

Multi-talented Brighton based music producer and photographer Benjamin Gordon has unveiled ‘Walls Fall Down’, the hypnotic new single to be taken from his upcoming debut album Where Did We Get Lost, which will be released on January 17th via Blurred Recordings.

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

“Set fire to all that you hold dear, so you don’t have to face your fears,” sings vocalist Joshua Alvarez (Halo of Snakes) in reflection of moving past the things that hold us back. After playing in numerous bands around Philadelphia over the years, the members of Crossed Keys bring their varied experiences together to create a unique, driving melodic sound.

Track Premiere: Crossed Keys – ‘Times of Grace’


Released today, September 6th, Morning In May’s debut single “At Least I Still Have My Personality” is coming to you straight from Needful Things Records, after signing early this month. The song tells a tale of an existential crisis about a man at war with himself. Self-loathing makes us feel like we’re drowning in a never ending abyss of hopelessness. The theatrical, emotive track asks, “Why do we hold onto the pain that is our own creation?”

CCA Jonas – ‘Pretty Pretty’

Pretty Pretty is a feelgood song about a girl that’s quite pretty. CCA Jonas proves that he is just as comfortable singing as he is rapping with a convincing hook and playful verses.
The beat consists of a up beat piano and a deep 808 and is pretty hyped up with a high tempo and overall positive vibe.It’s the debut single of the 16 year old rapper CCA Jonas from Bergen, Norway.

Secret Shame share music video for “Calm” from their masterfully dark post-punk debut,

“The band thunder around Lena like a horde of bats, while her vocals embody both the ferocity of goth royalty Eva O and the expressive cadence of Sinead O’Connor or The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan. Much like The Banshees could not exist without Siouxsie Sioux, there would be no Secret Shame without their frontwoman.” – Bandcamp Daily

“There’s a rage trembling under the group’s chiming post-punk, which winds itself around an ultimatum about self-preservation: “Calm me down or I am going to burn.” – The New York Times

Ana Egge Releases New Album ‘Is It the Kiss’ via StorySound Records

Today, Brooklyn singer-songwriter Ana Egge releases her new album Is It the Kiss via StorySound Records. To celebrate, Ana has record release shows at the Caveat in New York City on 9/8 (RSVP required) and at Philadelphia Folksong Society on 9/20. She’ll have a 7-piece band behind her at The Caveat show which will include Alec Spiegelman, Scott Colberg (Calexico), and Rachel Price (Lake Street Dive). Ana will also be at AmericanaFest playing her official showcase on 9/14 as well as Missing Piece Group’s 10-year Anniversary party on 9/12.

Breakout Rapper AITCH Unleashes Debut EP | Currently on #1, #6 and #12 Singles In UK!

The eight track project follows his massive smash hit “Taste (Make It Shake),” which remains in the UK Official Chart Top Ten for its fifth consecutive week after recently hitting #4. Packed with spitfire rhymes and an irresistible amount of personality, the EP proves why Aitchhe is the most exciting breakthrough artist coming out of both the UK and music writ large this year.

Lightning Bug’s new album October Song is a dreamscape, and out today on Marbled Arm Records!

“…the sound of an artist fully aware of the power they wreak…” – Balloon Machine

“October Song, their second full-length, finds them in full stride, arriving at a balance of silence and noise.” – Hype Machine

“Kang enters on a palette of pastels and lets her measured vocals carry into the void…marks an artist who has come fully into their own, and has shaped an independent sound.” – pop bollocks

THE AGONIST Premiere Brand New Video, “As One We Survive!”

More extreme, more melodic, and more larger than life sounds! Canada’s hottest extreme metal export, The Agonist, return with their brand new album Orphans on September 20th with Rodeostar Records. On their sixth studio album, the band created a wild metal beast that feeds on melodic death metal and rock-tinged moments. In between beautifully anthemic sound walls, pounding grooves and fierce riffs, frontwoman Vicky Psarakis showcases her impressive and diverse range that evokes both rock diva and death metal maven vibes!


Continuing a scorching summer hot streak into September, buzzing genre disruptor Rence shares a new song entitled “I know.” The track sets the stage for his upcoming EP and Epic Records debut, Fall 2019, coming September 20, 2019.

“Rence is one of the breakout stars of 2019” – IDOLATOR

“Rence maintains his independence in an industry full of clones” – O.N.S


Scotish rock band The Snuts have unleashed a music video for their anthemic new single “Maybe California” – out now on Elektra Records. Directed by Ronan Corrigan and Hope Kemp, the video is one big slice of Americana – a homage to the Red White & Blue. Set in the line of a drive-thru diner, the band watch the dichotomy of “fake” social media portrayal vs “reality” from the seats of their Mercedes Benz. Watch it HERE.


Grammy Award®-winning singer-songwriter Alessia Cara releases new EP THIS SUMMER on the last night of the Shawn Mendes tour, via Def Jam Recordings. In celebration of THIS SUMMER, Twitter has launched a new Twitter emoji of a flower drawn by Alessia.

New Zealand’s Mermaidens release their new album, “Look Me In The Eye”, today on Flying Nun Records!

“… New Zealand-based trio capture the inner turmoil of burgeoning love with lucidly ambient guitar tones and wonky, experimental textures in the vein of Warpaint or a less moody 2:54.” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“… bristles with pent-up energy, sounding forever on the point of combustion, a lit match held tentatively over spilt petrol.” – GOLD FLAKE PAINT

Alice Gray Shines On Debut EP ‘Paradise?’

Today, indie-pop darling Alice Gray is revealing her debut EP Paradise? The EP features 3 previously released tracks – “Take Me To The Water,” “Hell With You,” and “Indigo” – as well as two new songs, “Paradise” and “Stolen Gold.”

Neue Single & Video: STUMFOL – I Got Lost

Today the first single release “I Got Lost” from the fourth studio album “Long Story Short” by the Swabian Singer songwriter STUMFOL is released on Homebound Records.

After the last two albums came mainly in rock robe therefore, STUMFOL now remembers its origins as a songwriter back – at times in which hits like “Prisoner” emerged, which is currently celebrating an unforeseen revival and enjoys on the relevant platforms consistently very popular.